An Indie Next List Pick for January 2017
A January 2017 LibraryReads Pick
The danger isn’t all in your head . . .
Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.
But soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own—curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet he’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London.
When she reaches out to her cousin, he proclaims his innocence and calms her nerves . . . until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment—and accidently learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? And what about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jetlagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination full of dark images caused by the terror of her past, Kate can barely trust herself . . . So how could she take the chance on a stranger she’s just met?
Yet the danger Kate imagines isn’t nearly as twisted and deadly as what’s about to happen. When her every fear becomes very real.
And much, much closer than she thinks.
Told from multiple points of view, Her Every Fear is a scintillating, edgy novel rich with Peter Swanson’s chilling insight into the darkest corners of the human psyche and virtuosic skill for plotting that has propelled him to the highest ranks of suspense, in the tradition of such greats as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Patricia Highsmith, and James M. Cain.
“Peter Swanson’s third thriller cracks to life in the opening page…The payoff for the reader is an excellent whodunit with a magical appeal for the mystery thriller lover.”
Seattle Book Review
“Readers can expect the hairs on their necks to stand straight up as they are consumed with a full-blown case of heebie-jeebies.”
Library Journal (starred review)
“The skillfully conjured Boston winter creates the perfect atmosphere for breeding paranoia, which kicks into high gear with the introduction of Cherney’s Rear Window-like flashbacks. Swanson established a reputation for complex psychological thrillers with his previous novels…but here he introduces a delicious monster-under-the-bed creepiness to the expected top-notch characterization and steadily mounting anxiety.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Nods both to the Leopold & Loeb case and to Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, offering twists and intensity aplenty…A solid and quick-paced thriller.”
“A brilliantly original premise, delivered with panache.”
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
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As Exciting as Milk ToastFebruary 1, 2017I was looking forward to being put on the edge of my seat with this title, however I was disappointed. I am a seeker of suspense and creeps and this just did not do it for me. Reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," it still fell flat. The narration was seamless however, I just couldn't muster the strength to complete the book. It was a bit too hard to get past some of the female objectification in the story as well... I found myself thinking, "that's not what a woman would do..." I couldn't suspend my reality long enough to allow the story to take over.
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Genre: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
- ISBN-13: 9780062658531