Book Review: Her Every Fear

Monday, January 16, 2017

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

The author of the wildly popular The Kind Worth Killing returns with an electrifying and downright Hitchcockian psychological thriller—as tantalizing as the cinema classics Rear Window and Wait Until Dark—involving a young woman caught in a vise of voyeurism, betrayal, manipulation, and murder.

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 accidentally 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.

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A suspenseful thrilling ride with gripping plot turns and fascinating characters. I love the perspective of a character with anxiety disorder, which is something I can relate to personally. Kate is a complex person, written and developed very well by Swanson.

Such intrigue. In the first half I was constantly second guessing my own opinions about what was happening and who did what, which is awesome to have in a suspenseful book. Swanson's writing is engaging and stimulating. It made for a very quick and enjoyable read!

You do discover the answer to the main question fairly early on, but then the rest of the book is spent slowly giving away more information and details to build the full picture, all leading up to the dramatic and suspenseful climactic moments.

I felt that a few parts could be more developed or longer to expand upon the suspense of the situation, but truly this book was very intense and extremely hard to put down! The characters and situations felt real because of the details and the writing. That makes for an awesome mystery/suspense novel. I'll definitely be reading Swanson's other books soon.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and HarperCollins for sponsoring the tour for this book! Check out the rest of the tour stops here

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