Blog Tour – Her Every Fear – Peter Swanson

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BLURB: The bestselling author of The Kind Worth Killing returns with an electrifying psychological thriller

Following a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend, Kate Priddy makes an uncharacteristically bold decision after her cousin, Corbin Dell, suggests a temporary apartment swap – and she moves from London to Boston.

But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police begin asking questions about Corbin’s relationship with Audrey, and his neighbours come forward with their own suspicions, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own.

Jetlagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, Kate can barely trust herself. so how can she trust any of the strangers she’s just met?

If the colossal hit The Kind Worth Killing was Strangers On A Train for the 21st century, then this much-anticipated follow-up is Swanson‘s paean to Rear Window.

So, we have Kate Priddy, an anxious, nervy young lady in a strange city, trying to learn to live normally again after a horrendous attack by her deranged ex. Obviously something like this makes you question your ability to judge who’s trustworthy. But an apartment swap by her cousin – who she’s never met – gives her a chance for a fresh start. Unfortunately, shortly after her arrival, Kate’s new neighbour is discovered dead. She, along with the police, begin to question whether Corbin could possibly have been responsible for her death just before leaving for London – especially as another resident of the building, who’d developed a crush on the dead girl and begun watching her, tells Kate that Audrey and Corbin were seeing each other – but only in the privacy of Audrey’s apartment, never out in public. Why would they behave like this, when neither of them are seeing anyone else?

This building, like the one in the Hitchcock film, provides great opportunities for many of the residents to spy on each other. It begins to appear that if Corbin isn’t a killer, someone’s certainly trying to point the finger at him. But who could be responsible?

It’s a game of cat-and-mouse, with Kate having to gather her wits together and discover if her family hosts a murderer – and if not, who is a killer – and could she be next on his list? Especially as there are some strange goings on in her apartment…

A spectacularly dramatic ending makes this a tense and hard-to-put-down thriller, with Kate needing to get over her anxiety to deal with a possible monster. As before, Swanson screws with our minds beautifully, keeping us guessing what on earth the story is. For what it’s worth, my theory was wrong! His ability to place himself inside the head of psychopaths is somewhat worrying, if a treat for us thriller fans. This doesn’t quite have the plotting perfection of The Kind Worth Killing, but such books are exceptionally rare. I’ve been raving about it since it came out, and I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t adored it. This is, however, a good, solid thriller in it’s own right, and is certain to provide plenty of sleepless nights.

Thanks to Faber & Faber for my copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion. 

 

11 thoughts on “Blog Tour – Her Every Fear – Peter Swanson

  1. Admission here: I was not enamoured with Peter Swanson’s first book, it was OK but not memorable. But I have the feeling he has improved with every book since (although it sounds like you prefer the previous one).
    On an unrelated note: I was already following your blog, so why did my WordPress suddenly decide I didn’t? Anyway, refollowed and all is well, I hope.

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    • Hi Marina, that’s happened to me before – you suddenly realise you aren’t getting posts from someone. No idea why it happens! I’ve yet to read The Girl With A Clock For A Heart, but I’ve had the impression that moist people, like you, thought it OK but not fantastic. I really did adore The Kind Worth Killing – I don’t think there’s any way he could have surpassed that. But this is still better than 95% of thrillers I get sent!

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  2. I agree with all you said here. And I also slightly preferred THE KIND WORTH KILLING (such a book!). There were some definitely creepy moments in this one though. I won’t go into details, but ooohhhh (runs screaming into the night). Can’t wait to see what Hitchcock movie he’ll highlight next. Wonder what he could do with The Birds?

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    • Yes, he’s obviously a Hitchcock maven, which is fine by me! There are so many fantastic movies he could pay homage to – they made films in six weeks back then, so he has an embarrassment of riches to choose from! Yes to me The Kind Worth Killing was plotting perfection, to the very last line! But poor Kate – she really wasn’t the best person to go haring off to a strange city, was she?! If I remember correctly the cat provided material for some scary moments – although don’t panic, cat lovers, none were harmed!

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    • Thanks Renee, I do hope you enjoy it. I can see him becoming a massively successful author if he keeps on like this. I must read The Girl With A Clock For A Heart so I’m up to date! My daughter adored The Kind Worth Killing – it was the first thriller she’d read. She’s currently working her way through Nicci French’s Frieda Klein series, and is three books ahead of me (she’s harassing me to find my copy of Saturday Requiem for her to read first, which is, er, in a box somewhere in the flat…I’ll have to distract her with something else until I find it! In fact, I gave her a copy of this so that’ll buy me a few days!)

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      • A good friend of mine has recommended the Nicci French series to me several times and I just haven’t picked it up yet. For some reason I couldn’t get into Girl with a Clock for Heart, I’ll have to keep my eye out for your review if you read it. Thanks for stopping by! Have a good Saturday:)

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    • I can see him becoming yet another autobuy author, Margot! But then you end up with too many and it’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. But as I’m not an especially fast reader, there’s no way I can get through everything I’d like to! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year, by the way! I’m deliberately avoiding the inauguration…

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