“A creeping, pitch-black window into a suburban America like nothing you’ve ever read....You know something is deeply wrong with this neighborhood, and yet nothing will prepare you for the mind-melting final pages.” —Blake Crouch, international bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines Series
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 facade—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.
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About the Author
John Rector is the bestselling author of the novels The Cold Kiss, The Grove, Already Gone, Out of the Black, and Ruthless. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and has won several awards, including the International Thriller Award for his novella, Lost Things. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*4.5 stars This book, at first, reminded me of the book : The Drowning Girls. Where the neighborhood seems perfect but underneath the facade has a lot of secrets. I soon realized though, that this book was quite different!! And I honestly loved the "twist"! It soon becomes apparent that not all is what it seems at The Ridge. After moving from Chicago with her husband, Megan finds the suburban life is not for her. Its often referred to as Stepford, where everything seems perfect, the lawns and houses are immaculate, the women are perfect, and life at the Ridge is ideal. Or is it? Megan soon finds out that something more is lying underneath all this perfection after a night that turns deadly. Megan starts investigating exactly what's going on but finds more questions that answers. I really enjoyed this ride. Its another book that I ended up reading in one sitting because I found that I couldn't put it down! **Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The Ridge by John Rector is a recommended sort of sci fi, sort of domestic thriller, with a wee-little zombie undertone. Megan and Tyler Stokes have moved from Chicago to Willow Ridge. Willow Ridge is middle-class employee housing for the Institute, a research center where Tyler now works, and is hundreds of miles from civilization. It's a planned community with four allowed house colors, open manicured lawns, and a Stepford-like vibe in the air. What Megan is really angry about is the neighbor across the street, Rachel Addison. Rachel has been flirting with Tyler, propositioning him, and Megan is not about to let that infraction stand. When she goes across the street to confront Rachel, Megan ends up throwing a tantrum and Rachel ends up dead - but maybe not. When Megan tells Tyler about the accident, he goes over to investigate and Rachel is there, answering the door. Is Megan losing her mind? It seems like she must be because now she's noticing off behavior in others and it looks like Rachel might be entering the territory of the walking dead - that is until the clean-up crew comes late one night. It seems that neighbor David Mercer might have more information that he's kept hidden, but he is reluctant to openly talk about anything because he knows they are all being watched. What is really going on in Willow Ridge and at the Institute? While The Ridge is basically well written and has a simple easy to follow narrative, it does suffer from a lack of real suspense and tension being created to make Megan's situation seem more dire and terrifying. You really end up feeling, at first, that she's losing her mind and the story is going to be her sinking into madness - unless the zombie-like Rachel was real or if Mercer's hidden information is legitimate. Megan also seems a little too excitable and eager to overshare her suspicions with people. Discretion doesn't seem to be a trait she exhibits. The creepiness factor is occasionally there, though, which helps some. The ending is interesting. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Thomas & Mercer.