Book Review: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Oh man. This book is full of tension from the beginning, grabbing me and not letting go until the end. It’s up there near Dark Places. I know that’s a big statement. But seriously, I highly enjoyed this book way more than I was expecting.

One advance review of Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson stated that this novel is full of great switchbacks and it’s true. Similar to Dark Places, we get present and past insights into a couple of the characters and significant events that lead to great twists – one of them I definitely was not expecting!

Because this book isn’t out yet and doesn’t have a lot of reviews on Goodreads, I’m proving the whole (and long) synopsis from Peter Swanson’s website before diving into what I liked and disliked.



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.

What I Liked

The writing first and foremost because I can’t imagine a thriller-esque book like this one being really good without being well written. I’m not sure if I can explain it well, but Swanson easily weaved together the different point of views together to give you insights from both sides, or maybe multiple sides, of the story. You get to experience the creepiness that and goosebumps right along with Kate as she navigates Boston, a city new to her, as well getting insight from three other main characters, including the killer.

Usually, I find it hard to connect with all characters in a multi-point of view novel, but I think I got a good feeling and connection with the majority of the characters. I did feel that they weren’t all really well developed, but I think that’s something that I kind of expect from a multi-point of view novel. Even though Kate went through a hugely horrific event recently, she seems strong or at least determined on not letting her ex-boyfriend have any more control on her life. Corbin was really interesting to read about because he definitely has more than one side; he came off as one of the more human and relatable characters to me. Alan, the neighbor, was a character I just could not figure out, but I’m glad because it helped keep the tension about figuring out who is the killer and what is really going on.

What I Disliked

There wasn’t much that I disliked that calls for full paragraphs on them, but I will say that I kind of wish I got a little more about/ from Kate Priddy. She’s the heroine, but because Swanson gives other point of views and some of those delve into the past, it seemed that Kate wasn’t as present as other parts. But I can’t say that was a bad thing or even a good thing, because overall I understand why it was written the way it was.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this one! Are you intrigued to pick this one up?

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson goes on sale on January 10, 2017.

Happy Reading!

~ Nicole

I won this as an Advanced Readers Copy through a Goodreads giveaway and in no way does that impact the honesty of this review.


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