(4 / 5)
With its manicured lawns, pastel houses, and quiet, tree-lined streets, Willow Ridge seems to be the perfect place for Megan and Tyler Stokes to start a new chapter in their lives together. But soon after settling in, Megan begins to notice cracks in the neighborhood’s bright suburban façade—cracks that reveal a darker secret hidden just beneath the surface.
After an angry encounter with a neighbor takes a horrifying turn, Megan’s waking nightmare truly begins—growing ever more chilling and bizarre with each shocking twist. Suddenly forced to question everything around her, Megan finds herself trapped between the specter of madness and the shadow of something far worse. Her only hope is to expose the community’s pretty lies and discover the truth about what is really going on in Willow Ridge—a truth so devastating that her life will never be the same.
As they say in Willow Ridge, Welcome to the Suburbs!!
I selected this book simply because I am giving Kindle Unlimited a test drive, and as I’ve been checking out books all willy-nilly, the blurb of this one caught my eye: I love to read a good story about some totally jacked up neighbors. It freaks me out to think about what they are doing over there. Also, just an opening note, start reading this story with an open mind. If you don’t like your reads to include the impossible or the extravagant, then you won’t enjoy this book either.
Megan and Tyler live in a perfect community, an isolated community, one that has been created for the people that work for this company, known to Megan as “The Institute”. When we first meet them, Megan and Tyler are having a disagreement about the neighbor lady, Rachel and whether she has been flirting with Tyler and trying to seduce him. Her husband is very dismissive of the claim, laughing it off, but Megan isn’t so sure. This sounds like a simple exchange between a husband and wife, but from the very beginning the words draw you in.
Then it was Saturday morning. Megan Stokes stood alone in her living room, cradling a cup of coffee in her hands and staring out the large bay window at the corner house across the street.
The whore was outside again, on her knees in the dirt.
Megan watched her for a while, then she lifted the cup to her lips, blew away the steam, and took a sip.
Oooh, a whore, huh?? That Bish!! *keeps on reading*
That evening she has a few glasses of wine and decides to confront the woman. They get into an argument and an accident happens. From there is when the weird shit really starts to go down. I’m not going to spoil any more of the plot for you, but know that when I was reading this I had Zero ideas on what was going on. I mean looking back I can think of a couple big clues but I tried not to think about it too much and just enjoy the story this time. I just know I was feeling more than little creeped out at times. High five to the author because it turns out that this was one of those books I couldn’t put down until I finished, I had to know what they were hiding in this seemingly perfect town.
This book made fairly good on its promise of being a psychological thriller and mystery novel, but it was nothing like what I expected. You knew what you saw when the accident happened, because you were “there” when it occurred, but the story and the people leave Megan (and you dear reader) questioning your sanity and logic. She is convinced that there is a conspiracy and a cover up of some kind, she just wants to uncover it so she doesn’t look like a raving lunatic to her husband. There were a few serious pulse pounding moments where I was holding my breath along with Megan. It was these moments that took you from one chapter to the next until you knew it you were done with the book.
The characters were pretty one dimensional and not very fleshed out, but it’s not a very long novel. The narrative and fast moving plot is what carries this novel, not its characters. Megan did everything that I wouldn’t have done the entire story, sometimes it seemed like shouting at the movie screen for the girl to not run up the stairs as her feet began to pound upward. YOU TWIT! She certainly lacked the ability to play it cool. It was infuriating but still you knew she wasn’t crazy so you had to keep reading until the end to figure out the secret. I thought it had a decent twist at the end, along with a mini twist that I didn’t see coming until the last second.
In a review on Goodreads Blake Crouch called the ending “mind melting” and I don’t think I would go that far, but I thought it was pretty interesting and satisfying as far as endings to psychological thrillers go.
I found a book trailer for it here:
It was entertaining enough that if I wouldn’t have started it so late at night I would have read it in one sitting. I already checked out some of the other books that this author has written, he seems to deal primarily in horror, suspense and psychological thrillers, most of which are available on Kindle Unlimited, The Ridge being his most recent published work. I would recommend it to anyone who liked The Couple Next Door or Girl on the Train, or anyone that wants a quick, creepy and gripping read.
You can buy it on Amazon or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited, which I recommend you do if you get the free month long trial.
Buy Link ➜ goo.gl/G71zP8
Goodreads ➜ goodreads.com/book/the-ridge
Author’s Blog ➜ johnrector.blogspot.com/