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Book Review / Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

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.

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 accidentally learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? What about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jet-lagged 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?

Published:     10th January 2017
Publisher:  William Morrow
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned


I just can't stop reading Peter Swanson's novels.  There's just something about his writing style that keeps drawing me in! 

In this story, we follow Kate as she arrives in Boston having agreed to do a 'house' swap with her cousin Corbin.  Of course, nothing goes to plan and nothing is what it really seems to be.  Soon, Kate's stay in Boston turns into a nightmare! 

This story kept me at the edge of my seat for most of the book.  I do have to admit that I had figured out what was happening and what was going to happen just over halfway into the book but for me that was not the best part of the book for me.   Yes, it is good to be surprised with a thriller but if a thriller is written well enough (like this one) it really doesn't matter if you guess what is going on or not.  It is the journey the author takes you on and the characters you meet that make it worth it.   There are certainly some very big skeletons in someone's closet that are not going to stay in the closet for much longer!

I really enjoyed this story.  For me, it was fast paced and I liked the characters so I was certainly invested in finding out what was going to happen next and whether some of them were going to make it...