Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

December 3, 2018

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?


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**** 4 Star Review ****


Hyped up books have a tendency to disappoint me. I am always expecting more from them because of seeing them everywhere. I remember seeing this all over the place when it first released. Although I purchased it, I waited to read it. With the hype behind me, I was able to read this without any preconceived notions.


This book had me hooked from the start. It's one of those books where you know what is going on but at the same time, you don't know what's going on. You want to keep turning the pages to see what exactly is going to happen. 


I found myself so wrapped up in this book, I couldn't stop thinking about it. When I was reading it, I didn't want to put it down.


The characters in this story tell you a tale that is so wild and intriguing. I loved Kate. I felt deeply connected to her. I was back and forth with Corbin. He's a good guy, but he is also the bad guy. And I couldn't help rooting for him too, despite some of the things he had done.


So, why not five stars? This was the first book of this author's I have read. I do own a few more and will be reading them. I was impressed with his writing and storytelling. The only thing stopping me from being over the moon about this one is there really weren't any huge plot twists. I wasn't shocked about the things that happened. Everything was so gradual, it felt a little too predictable at times.


Overall, this was a suspenseful book that I would recommend to those who enjoy a good suspenseful story. 

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