- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1st Edition edition (January 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062427024
- ISBN-13: 978-0062427021
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 210 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Most readers won’t anticipate the Hitchcockian twists and turns in this standout suspense tale.” (Washington Post)
“Chapter by chapter, the text peels back layers to reveal a pathological relationship between Kate’s cousin and a long-ago acquaintance that’s reminiscent of a folie à deux out of Patricia Highsmith... By then, readers, privy to much Kate doesn’t know, may be experiencing their own anxiety.” (Wall Street Journal on Her Every Fear)
“Peter Swanson tells the engaging story of a woman battling severe anxiety who decides to radically change her life - and the horrifying results that follow - in Her Every Fear… An effective and compulsive thriller.” (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
“[It] has ‘movie adaptation’ written all over it. It has an alluring location, a fragile yet resilient protagonist and a thoroughly Hitchcockian storyline, replete with the requisite false starts and plot twists… High tension, lightning-fast pacing and psychological drama in spades.” (BookPage on Her Every Fear)
“Psychological thriller devotees should block time to read Swanson’s (The Kind Worth Killing) novel in one sitting, preferably in the daylight. Readers can expect the hairs on their necks to stand straight up as they are consumed with a full-blown case of heebie-jeebies.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“The attractive young woman at the heart of this white-knuckle novel, has many fears-mostly justified… Swanson, who also wrote The Girl with a Clock for a Heart and The Kind Worth Killing, has quickly established himself as today’s master of the suspense novel.” (Otto Penzler, LitHub.com on Her Every Fear)
“Peter Swanson’s third thriller cracks to life in the opening pages. His characters are engaging, and the reader is treated to multiple points of view... The payoff for the reader is an excellent whodunit with a magical appeal for the mystery thriller lover.” (Seattle Book Review on Her Every Fear)
“I loved it! A brilliantly original premise, delivered with panache.” (Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go on Her Every Fear)
“Did you like the film Rear Window? I did, and turning the pages of Peter Swanson’s HER EVERY FEAR harkened every chilling and suspenseful moment of watching it. Swanson’s pace is brisk, and at any moment you think you have the crime solved, but then another twist happens.” (Bookreporter.com)
“Peter Swanson creates quite a mysterious stew here…. Those readers who are tired of encountering the scenario in which the damsel in distress is rescued by a prince will find much to love here, given how Swanson puts a unique corkscrew on that plot device.” (Bookreporter.com on Her Every Fear)
From the Back Cover
Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, but after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life, her bouts of anxiety began exploding into full-blown panic attacks. When Corbin Dell, a cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the past traumas of her life.
But at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, but many questions of her own—and her curiosity intensifies when she meets Alan, a handsome tenant who lives across the courtyard. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet Corbin’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed.
Corbin proclaims his innocence and calms Kate’s nerves . . . until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment. Could Corbin really be a killer? And what about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, but she isn’t sure. Jet-lagged and emotionally fragile, her imagination full of dark images, Kate can barely trust herself, let alone a stranger she’s just met. Yet the danger Kate imagines isn’t nearly as twisted as what is about to happen. When her every fear becomes very real.
And much, much closer than she thinks.
Told from multiple points of view, Her Every Fear is a scintillating, edgy novel rich with Peter Swanson’s chilling insight into the darkest corners of the human psyche and his virtuosic skill for plotting that have propelled him into the highest ranks of suspense, in the tradition of such greats as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Patricia Highsmith, and James M. Cain.
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I anxiously awaited "Her Every Fear", and I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint.
I love Swanson's writing style and just how believable his characters are. If you're looking for twists and turns and unexpected plot twists, this isn't your book. You knew who the "bad guy" is fairly early into the story. What you do benefit from is a well thought out story with an excellent insight into all of the characters.
I tend to read late at night, in the dark using my kindle. Without providing any spoilers, there were several parts of the book that just gave me the chills and had me questioning if I heard something coming from the next room.
This book was just recently released. I've just been hit with the reality that it may be another dry period waiting for Peter Swanson's next novel.
Kate Priddy is an English woman that suffers panic attacks due to an event in her past. An abusive boyfriend. It has kept her prisoner to her fears, but at the urging of her mother, she finally ventures out. Way out. She exchanges her flat in London for an apartment in Boston. Her cousin that she has never met is assigned to London for six months, so the two of them switch. Kate is looking forward to schooling in Boston.
When she arrives, the panic attacks start right away, before she even unlocks the apartment door, as she sees a woman banging on the door next to hers. Kate knows something bad has happened to the occupant. She exchanges emails with her cousin several times. Her subsequent discoveries as the days pass leads her to boldly ask the question that has been dogging her. “Did you kill Audrey Marshall?”
Peter Swanson nailed this. He takes you on a gut wrenching journey through evidence and speculation. Prepare to be blown away.
Shortly after arriving in Boston, Kate finds out that Corbin’s next door neighbor, Audrey, has been murdered. Kate tries not to let her anxiety over the situation get the best of her, until the police start questioning Kate and other residents of the apartment complex. Kate meets another neighbor, Alan, who tells her that he’s seen Corbin leaving Audrey’s apartment a number of times…if that’s true, then why did Corbin tell her he hardly knew Audrey?
After doing some of her own snooping, she finds some odd things in Corbin’s apartment that make her wonder if he’s more involved in Audrey’s murder than he’s letting on…and what about Alan, the neighbor who has admitted to watching Audrey through his window? As Kate begins to question what really happened, she’ll find she’s in more danger than she realized…
I was a little worried going into Her Every Fear that it wouldn’t live up to The Kind Worth Killing, however I’m happy to say that this was not the case! I loved Her Every Fear, and found it entirely engrossing. I was so hooked on the story, and I loved Kate as our protagonist. Due to events in her past, she’s anxious and flawed, but completely endearing.
Partway through the novel, the POV’s begin to alternate between Kate, Alan, and Corbin, which I really enjoyed. Personally, I’m not always a fan of multiple POV’s, but in this instance, it worked perfectly and added a lot to the story. We learn more about each of the character’s backstories in a way that’s relevant and necessary to the story and in helping the reader understand how they ended up in their present day lives and circumstances.
Her Every Fear focused a lot on the characters and had more of a creepy atmosphere that sometimes left me feeling slightly unhinged, rather than an action packed adventure on every page. That said, while it wasn’t a huge twist or shock, I loved the ending of the book, and it intense and full of action! I found myself wanting to speed read the final pages so I could see how everything would turn out! Overall, this was a definite win for me, and I can’t wait to see what else Peter Swanson comes out with! I definitely recommend this one to all fans of the psychological thriller genre.