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Every Vow You Break: A Novel Kindle Edition
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"Hitchcockian chills and thrills abound...a twisty tale of survival and deception."-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"
"Narrator Karissa Vacker does a splendid job voicing Abigail Baskin, the woman at the center of the story. Vacker hits just the right notes as Baskin goes from a drunken encounter to self-doubt and to terror. It might take listeners a little while to get used to Vacker's voicings of male characters. But this story is so well crafted and well told that these are small distractions in an overall great audiobook."-- "AudioFile"
"The last act cranks up tension to the breaking point. Sit back, suspend all disbelief, and watch those pages fly by."-- "Minneapolis Star Tribune" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Peter Swanson is a novelist whose books have won the New England Society Book Award and made the finals for the Los Angeles Book Award and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award.
Karissa Vacker is a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and actress. After graduating with a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, she performed in regional theaters across the country before moving to Los Angeles. She has guest starred in network television shows and films and continues to work on screen and stage. Her audiobook credits include romance, young adult fiction, and mystery thrillers.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08BLM34SZ
- Publisher : William Morrow (March 23, 2021)
- Publication date : March 23, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3412 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,011 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Abigail Baskin is getting married! She’s all loved up (sort of) and heading off to California for her hen party (Bachelorette party for any US readers!) with a group of friends to let her hair down and wave goodbye to singledom. Following a night of delicious food and good wine, Abigail starts to chat with Scottie, a good-looking and charming divorcee. One thing leads to another, the wine flows and they end up in bed together. Abigail realises her mistake and hurries home to husband-to-be, Bruce, wracked with guilt, determined to forget it ever happened and make their marriage work. Until she starts to see Scottie everywhere she turns; in New York, at her wedding and most shockingly of all, Scottie is a fellow guest at the exclusive resort Bruce has chosen as their honeymoon destination. Why is Scottie following Abigail? What’s his agenda and will his presence on Heart Pond Island result in Abigail’s perfect life crashing down around her…?
This is a fantastic slow burn suspense novel which I found very readable. Swanson takes time and care to paint a picture of Abigail and Bruce’s lives together. You get to know Abigail particularly well and what makes her tick, before the author blows the couple’s worlds apart. When the bomb is dropped, OMG, it’s a big un! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough – I had to find out how things were going to end. I was gripped and loving every second of my reading experience.
I grew to like Abigail over the course of the novel. I will admit I wasn’t an instant fan but my judgement was based more on her indiscretion and my own personal feelings about cheating on a partner. I was hoping she would get her comeuppance. However, I quickly changed my mind as the story progressed. Oh boy, did I change my mind!!
I did have one tiny niggle about this book and you’re probably going to think I’m crazy! The use of the word ‘pond’. To me, as a Brit, a pond is a small, stagnant body of water. Probably infested with frogs, algae and water slugs (are they a thing?). In Every Vow You Break, characters are swimming and sailing on the pond which seemed to me to be vast. Isn’t that a lake? Perhaps it’s a UK vs US thing. Anyway, my point is, the use of the word jarred me a little every time it was used as what I pictured in my own mind didn’t seem to match with what the book was telling me. Maybe I’m just odd. Maybe I have no knowledge whatsoever of ponds and I should just shut up now…
Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. Every Vow You Break is a great addition to Swanson’s back catalogue. The author remains one of my absolute favourites and I’m already looking forward to his next book. Every Vow You Break has a very interesting twist which drew me in to the story. At times I was on the edge of my seat, at other times I was furious with the characters. My blood was boiling. All in all, another brilliant reading experience from the master of suspense. Recommended.
I received this book anxiously on the 1st day of it's release and finished in a day. I kept waiting for the creative twist and intrigue and it never came. Fans of his writing will be disappointed by this "far fetched" story and the ill-formed characters. This book left me hoping that his next book/effort returns to the talent we have come to enjoy and expect..."Every Vow You Break" almost feels like it was written by someone else.
So I couldn't wait for this new book! I picked it up after reading about 10 pages of the sample, and dove right in.
The first quarter (?) of the book was everything I hoped for; suspense, a little romance, nicely-paced, and with Swanson's "voice". Then the couple arrive at the resort, and things started to go downhill for me. At first I thought I was being too critical, but no, the characterizations of the men in this book were as bad as I thought. And the stories behind the story were, honestly, ridiculous. I won't say more to avoid spoilers.
I didn't hate this book. I still find the basic premise intriguing, and the introduction of what's really going on was subtle enough to take a bit to notice. I'll probably re-read this at some point, but it definitely was not up to the standard I've come to expect from this author.
Don't waste your money on this one.
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A tale of an unfaithful bride brought by her billionaire groom to a mysterious island for her honeymoon is absolutely absurd, badly paced, poorly edited and weakly concluded.
Look, I'm a big fan of Peter, he has written some truly great books worthy of your time. This is not one of them. Honestly, it's diabolical after a very promising start. Avoid!
The first half of the novel takes a long time to set up and at times is just page after page of exposition. The editor should have reminded PW of the old adage about "show don't tell"; there was an awful lot of telling. In the second half of the novel, this problem corrects itself and was something of a page-turner, despite some of the underlying weaknesses in the set up.
I sincerely hope this is a blip and not the future direction of travel for an author who can deliver so much.
The storyline was totally unbelievable.