Her Every Fear: A Novel by Peter SwansonHer Every Fear: A Novel by Peter Swanson

Her Every Fear: A Novel

byPeter Swanson

Paperback | January 10, 2017

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Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR

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.

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...
Title:Her Every Fear: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Date published: 2017-10-13
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Date published: 2017-06-19
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Date published: 2017-06-12
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Date published: 2017-06-10
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Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! What a ride! Insane twists and superb writing. More of a slow burn, but worth it because each POV felt authentic and real. A must read!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from what a cheap trash I am so sorry I wasted my time on this book, there's nothing good I could say about it, it is really dull, I had to fast forward throught the pages just to get it over with.
Date published: 2017-04-19
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Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! This one is a page turner! Interesting story line. There could have been more character development but all in all I would recommend this book to any thriller/suspense lovers out there.
Date published: 2017-03-06
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Date published: 2017-03-02
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Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I rather liked it, kept me intrigued till the end. Great story and writing
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Psychological Thriller! This psychological thriller had my heart racing more than once with its creepy characters and twisted motives. In Her Every Fear tensions run high as we work to piece everything together. Kate, a British woman reeling from a trauma with her ex boyfriend, takes up the opportunity to switch apartments for six months with her American cousin, Corbin. The two have never met, but the arrangement is made and before long Kate is on a flight to Boston. Kate suffers from anxiety, exasperated by her recent experiences, and wonders if she has made the right choice when she discovers that a young woman has been killed in her Boston apartment building. Shortly after settling in, she meets a neighbor named Alan, and begins to feel more at ease. Meanwhile Corbin, miles away in Kate’s flat, is hearing the news of his neighbour’s death. It’s clear that Corbin was in a relationship with his neighbor, yet he denies knowing her past hallway meetings when questioned by Kate. After Alan makes a startling revelation, Kate begins to suspect everyone and to trust no one. This is a slow burning mystery, which is just my style. It’s told from multiple perspectives, which allows for a deeper understanding of each person’s motivations and experiences. We know who the killer is fairly early on (or can pretty accurately speculate), so the enjoyment comes in slowly unraveling the story, leaning how each character made their way to this point. The multiple POV narrative works well, but does allow for quite a bit of repetition. The last 100 pages or so read like rapid fire – I couldn’t put it down! I struggled a little with Kate as someone who suffers from anxiety. For the first few chapters, I was sold – I could feel her sweaty palms and heart beating as if they were my own. As the story picks up, many of her anxious behaviors and thoughts disappear, which I suppose may have been intentional – a sign that Kate is no longer succumbing to her anxiety and entering into a new space psychologically. I really enjoyed this read and have already picked up The Kind Worth Killing. Swanson has me sold and is writer I will be watching!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy, atmospheric thriller. I loved it! She travels to another country – only to have “Her every fear” realized… A house swap. Kate Priddy swaps flats with a second cousin she has never actually met, Corbin Dell. He will live in her home, a smallish flat in Belsize Park, London and she will reside in his opulent apartment in Beacon Hill, Boston. Kate is a very anxious person who is prey to panic attacks. She cannot fully believe that she has ventured to the other side of the Atlantic on this adventure. She takes anti-anxiety pills since being immobilized by fear and grief after a traumatic event in her past. Her first day in Boston she meets an intriguing neighbor who lives across the courtyard. Alan Cherney is easy to talk to – exuding a sense that she feels she has known him a long time. Also, she finds him attractive in a quirky way. Shockingly, a woman has been found murdered in an apartment next to hers. She finds a key in Corbin’s apartment with the dead woman’s initials on the key tag. Inexplicably, she crosses the crime scene tape and actually enters the apartment! Is this far-fetched? Just because it is something I would never entertain the thought of doing, does that make Kate’s actions unbelievable? Why would someone who is anxious in the first place, embark on an action that is sure to be adrenalin inducing? You be the judge. When she is in the murdered woman’s apartment, she realizes that Alan Cherney is looking back at her. His apartment is directly across the courtyard from Audrey’s. Can he see her? or is the lighting precluding him from seeing anyone? Kate is (privately) an accomplished portrait artist. She sketches the faces she encounters in her day-to-day life. Since arriving in Boston, she has drawn some astutely accurate charcoal portraits of the people she has met. Naturally she finds it extremely unsettling to find that her sketches are not as she remembers them. Have them been subtly changed? The eyes don’t seem quite right… The reader is told that Alan has been looking at Audrey Marshall for many months. His excellent view of her apartment from his, has led to his being a voyeur in her life. Now… she has been murdered. The police question Kate. Due to the fact that she has never even met either her distant cousin Corbin, or the murder victim, Audrey, she cannot imagine that she can be helpful to their inquiries. The reader becomes acquainted with Alan Cheney. Turns out he has a history of voyeurism. That being said, I liked him and found him to be a sympathetic character. (Maybe because he would look at the title of the book Audrey was reading and read the same book along with her… LOL) Next, the reader gets to know Corbin. We see what he is thinking and experiencing in London. This is not his first visit there. We find out what happened the last time he was ‘across the pond’. Some relationships are difficult to end. Corbin has a shocking history that eventually comes to light. Desperate for friendship, he befriended the wrong person… Can he change? Is it even possible? Or, will his previous actions forever color his future? Who killed Audrey Marshall? “Her every fear” is a great character-driven thriller with a satisfying ending. The settings were as well developed as the characters and the plot had an almost Hitchcockian feel. I would love to take a meander through the Beacon Hill apartments with the wandering cat, Sanders. I liked this novel better than the author’s last novel, “The kind worth killing“. That is saying something, because I really enjoyed that one as well. The only flaw for me was Kate’s behavior at times – however I was willing to suspend belief and accept the author’s explanation for her actions. Highly recommended to all who love suspenseful reads centered around psychopathic killers.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who is watching you...... Have you read Peter Swanson yet? No? Well, if you're a fan of twisty, turny suspense novels like I am, you'll want to add him to your 'must read' list. Swanson's latest book is Her Every Fear. Brit Kate Priddy suffers from anxiety, panic attacks and OCD. Her bouts and symptoms got even worse after surviving a horrible relationship with ex-boyfriend George. When the opportunity arises to switch apartments for six months with her distant cousin Corbin in Boston, she decides it's a great opportunity to reclaim her life. But when a neighbour of Corbin's goes missing the day she moves in, Kate begins to wonder if she's made the right choice. And then the neighbour is found dead..... A fantasic premise with loads of places to go - and an uncertain narrator to tell the tale. Love it! Swanson has the reader knowing much more than our poor Kate. There are three other voices - Corbin, a friend of Corbin and another resident of the apartment building in Boston. We know what's happened, what's happening and the danger that Kate is in. Kate tries to downplay odd incidents.... she let the cat out didn't she? How did he get back in? Is someone watching her from the window across the way? (nice little Hitchcockian plot device) Has someone changed one of her sketches? Or is it her own anxieties causing her worries and suspicions? The narrative switches between then and now and only serves to heighten the tension as we learn more about the characters and their secrets. Swanson has painted one heck of a scary antagonist in one of the three characters His inner dialogue is truly frightening. So, while we know the whodunit long before the police, it's the journey there that makes for a deliciously creepy read. Swanson's last book, The Kind Worth Killing, had a fantastic 'gotcha' in the last few pages. I was looking (and hoping) for a similar ending. It's there, but subtle. One line in a paragraph near the end has me thinking that Kate may be making another bad choice......
Date published: 2017-01-27
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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

Editorial Reviews

“There are many twists and turns in this layered novel… It’s definite stay-up-all-night kind of read and will leave you guessing.”