Signet, Sep 2001, 6.99, 438 pp.
Barry and Maureen left behind their hectic Southern California lifestyle to start over in Corban, Utah seeking a simpler pace. They buy their dream home inside a gated community called Bonita Vista with a beautiful view and just about all the amenities anyone could desire. The only stipulation they are required to meet is to become a member of the Bonita Vista Homeowner's Association, which the loving couple readily accepts.
The first indication that this is not paradise occurs when Barry and Maureen host a yard sale and an agent of the Homeowner's Association write them up for violating the rules. As time passes, both Barry and Maureen chafe under fascist restrictions and soon notice strange events involving the Homeowner's Association that seems to know everything they do and enter their home without using a door. Worse are the inexplicable deaths and disappearances of neighbors making the duet wonder how much danger have they agreed to when they signed the dotted line.
After reading THE ASSOCIATION, most people will think twice about living within a gated community even with the added security. Readers will be shaken by this superb tale that will lead to higher electrical bills because of lights left on all night and an increase in 911 calls for every noise not immediately explained. Bentley Little is a giant when it comes to making every day normal living seem so frightening.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner