Book Review: Her Every Fear (Peter Swanson)

Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 7.57.07 AM.pngKate, reeling from a complicated past, decides to get away from her life and move across the ocean to participate in a house swap with her cousin, Corbin. He has a new job in London and she has never been to America; it seems like the perfect fit.   Upon her arrival to Boston, Kate is shocked to find out that the neighbor next to Corbin’s apartment, Audrey Marshall, has been brutally murdered. When the police question Kate about her cousin and the relationship to Audrey, she is unable to give them many answers but begins her own investigation into the murder. As she digs deeper and deeper into the investigation, she begins to see maybe she is in danger and when the danger Kate imagines isn’t as twisted or deadly as what is about to happen, her every fear becomes very real…

The Kind Worth Killing was one of the first thriller novels that I become obsessed with; Swanson’s delivery and complexity had me addicted. Well, Peter Swanson has done it again with his newest release, Her Every Fear.

This book was completely not what I was expecting; I knew that Swanson could weave a good story but I had no idea that this one would be so complex, unnerving and downright creepy. Initially, I found it to be incredibly slow moving, but then the story kicked into high gear and I was unable to put it down! This novel was dangerously addicting.

The characters were well developed and complex and this novel is told in the coolest narrative style; although we hear the most from Kate, our broken protagonist, we get multiple character perspectives but instead of alternating between characters and picking up and leaving their individual stories, we are able to get the same scenes from different character point of views. I absolutely loved this. It fit completely with the novel’s overarching theme of appearance vs. reality. Sometimes how the scene appears is not how it is in reality at all.  I also loved how we were able to get inside the character’s minds. There wasn’t a whole lot going on in this book, instead, the tension is driven by the characters own mental development and their own demons.

I rated this one a 5/5 stars.  If you love a good, tense thriller, then this book is a no-brainer. Add it to your TBR lists.  This one is on sale January 10, 2017!

Thank you to Faber & Faber, and to Peter Swanson, for providing me with a copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.


12 thoughts on “Book Review: Her Every Fear (Peter Swanson)

  1. This book sounds like it’s set up is similar to the tv show The Affair on Showtime, which I love. The same scenes are basically seen differently from each character so you never really know what’s accurate. I think I’m really going to like this book, can’t wait till next week. Really good review!

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      1. No, I’m like the only one on this very earth who didn’t. 😂 It was just meh to me. I think I got bored by the plot twist of “but THIS PERSON got murdered instead” after the first time. But, this one sounds more interesting to me!

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