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?
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson is published in hardback by Faber Books on 19 January 2017 and is the author's third novel.
Back in February 2015 I read the author's last novel; A Kind Worth Killing and absolutely loved it. So much so that it made its way into my Top Reads of 2015. I've been looking forward to Her Every Fear ever since then.
I'm delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour today, and have one hardback copy of the book to give away. Entry is simple, just fill out the widget at the end of this post. UK ENTRIES ONLY PLEASE. Good luck!
Kate Priddy's life has been on hold for some time. Her ex-boyfriend, George, brutally attacked her,
she was very lucky to survive, and whilst the physical scars may have healed, she is an emotional wreck. Kate was always prone to panic attacks, and suspicion and paranoia. George's attack made everything so much worse. She's sure that she's a 'psycho magnet'.
Surprising everyone, including herself. Kate decides to take up the offer of a house swap with her American cousin Corbin. She will live in his Boston apartment for six months, he will move into her flat in London whilst he's on secondment for his employer. Kate and Corbin have never actually met, but arrangements are made and before she knows it, Kate has arrived at Corbin's luxury apartment.
Audrey Marshall was Corbin's neighbour. Audrey Marshall's body is discovered in the apartment next door, she's been murdered and the police have lots of questions to ask.
Peter Swanson cleverly tells his story using multiple points of view. The reader is never quite sure which of these narratives can be relied upon though. Each one has their own view, each one could be the truth, all of them are convincing.
The reader learns more about Corbin, but very little about Kate and whilst she is the lead character, she's somewhat distant to the plot which can feel a little bit unsettling sometimes. The reader knows far more than Kate does, but despite this in-depth knowledge, dating back many years, there is such an air of mystery and suspicion pervading the story that adds a jaw-tightening tension to the plot.
Peter Swanson writes with clarity and perfect pace. His characters are cleverly created, and their relationships, with each other, and with the reader, are solid.
Her Every Fear is an astute and startling study of the psychopathic brain and takes no prisoners. There are scenes of extreme violence that could shock the reader, and there are many questions raised. This is not a neatly finished off story either, the ending will make every reader ponder and consider. For me, that's perfect, I like a story that makes me question, however there will be some readers who may not be so accepting.
Thrilling, surprising and excellently written. Recommended if you like crime with a twist.
My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and invited me to take part in this blog tour.
Peter Swanson's debut novel, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (2014), was described by Dennis Lehane as a 'twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride' and was nominated for the LA Times book award.
His follow up, The Kind Worth Killing (2015), a Richard and Judy pick, was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Silver Dagger, and was named the iBook stores Thriller of the Year and was a top ten paperback bestseller.
He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts
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