Sunday, July 24, 2016

Her Every Fear: A Novel by Peter Swanson

A special thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Kate Priddy, a Londoner, swaps apartments with Corbin, a distant cousin, in Boston.  She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks as a result of an ex-boyfriend that kidnapped her and nearly ended her life.  Kate thinks that a change in scenery is just what she needs.  

Soon after her arrival to Corbin's apartment, Kate learns that Corbin's neighbour was murdered.  Questioned by the police, Kate realizes how little she knows about Corbin.  She is left shaken and with more questions.

Kate makes the acquaintance of another tenant, Alan Cherney, as well as the grief-stricken former boyfriend of the victim who thinks Corbin is responsible for what happened.  Her jet lagged mind and fragile state begin to wreak havoc, things are not what they appear to be.

Hearing great things about Swanson's previous works, I was excited to get my hands on this book but, it fell a little flat.  There was so much more that could've been done to to really flesh out the main character.  She has a pivotal life event in her backstory that seemed to be disconnected. It is here that Swanson falls down—he doesn't connect this to the character so it comes off as weak and being filler.  This is a life-changing event that should really define who she is.

The ending was predictable.  I wanted suspense and where's the twist?  I did have it all figured out unfortunately.  That being said, his writing is good as is the pace.  The premise was also good, and I will definitely check out his other works (I haven't given up on him yet).

PETER SWANSON'S debut novel, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (2014), was nominated for the LA Times book award. His second novel The Kind Worth Killing (2015), a Richard and Judy pick, was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and named the iBooks Store's Thriller of the Year.

He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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