Her Every Fear: A Novel

Paperback | January 10, 2017

byPeter Swanson

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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 accidently 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.

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 virtuosic skill for plotting that has propelled him to 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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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 . . . Gr...

Peter Swanson, a best-selling author and graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, is the author of three novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Flem...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062662104

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing novel Heart stopping, breath taking book. Amazing!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Book! Kate, reeling from a complicated past, decides to get away from her life and move across the ocean to participate in a house swap with her cousin, Corbin. He has a job in London and she has never been to America; it seems like the perfect fit. Upon her arrival to Boston, Kate is shocked to find out that the neighbor next to Corbin’s apartment, Audrey Marshall, has been brutally murdered. When the police question Kate about her cousin and the relationship to Audrey, she is unable to give them many answers but begins her own investigation into the murder. As she digs deeper and deeper into the investigation, she begins to see maybe she is in danger and when the danger Kate imagines isn’t as twisted or deadly as what is about to happen, her every fear becomes very real… The Kind Worth Killing was one of the first thriller novels that I become obsessed with; Swanson’s delivery and complexity had me addicted. Well, Peter Swanson has done it again with his newest release, Her Every Fear. This book was completely not what I was expecting; I knew that Swanson could weave a good story but I had no idea that this one would be so complex, unnerving and downright creepy. Initially, I found it to be incredibly slow moving, but then the story kicked into high gear and I was unable to put it down! This novel was dangerously addicting. The characters were well developed and complex and this novel is told in the coolest narrative style; although we hear the most from Kate, our broken protagonist, we get multiple character perspectives but instead of alternating between characters and picking up and leaving their individual stories, we are able to get the same scenes from different character point of views. I absolutely loved this. It fit completely with the novel’s overarching theme of appearance vs. reality. Sometimes how the scene appears is not how it is in reality at all. I also loved how we were able to get inside the character’s minds. There wasn’t a whole lot going on in this book, instead, the tension is driven by the characters own mental development and their own demons. If you love a good, tense thriller, then this book is a no-brainer.
Date published: 2017-01-10

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“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.”