I’m so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson, and share my review with you all. And I’m not going to conclude my review with a release date months away, this stellar read is on sale right now!
From the inside cover:
Who Killed Audrey Marshall?
Following a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend, Kate Priddy makes an uncharacteristically bold decision when her cousin, Corbin Dell, suggests a temporary apartment swap – and she moves from London to Boston.
But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police begin asking questions about Corbin’s relationship with Audrey, and his neighbours come forward with their own suspicions, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own.
Jetlagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, Kate can barely trust herself. . . so how can she trust any of the strangers whose world she has only just entered?
What everybody wants to know this January is: who killed Audrey Marshall?
Kate agreed to an apartment exchange with Corbin, her cousin, whom she’s never met. She moves to Boston and he moves to London for 6 months. Kate had recently experienced a traumatic ordeal and saw her move to America as a fresh start, what Kate didn’t plan on finding out on her arrival in Boston, is that Corbin’s neighbour, Audrey Marshall, was missing?
For some reason, Kate can’t get Audrey out of her head, and this turns into an almost obsession once she learns Audrey is dead and the police are treating it as suspicious. Kate suffers from anxiety and has been diagnosed with fantasy-prone disorder, she’s constantly picturing the worst-case scenario, to put it in a politer way she is “simply too imaginative.” Did her cousin kill Audrey then take off to London? But he’s not the only suspect, surely, what about the other residents in the apartment block, how imaginative is too imaginative, is Bob, the doorman, a murder? Is Kate’s imagination in overdrive, or is her every fear about to be realised?
For me, this book falls in both the mystery category and the thriller one. And let me tell you, the thrills in this one really are psychological! Each of the main characters has a story, a past, and more importantly, Swanson gives us an eerie insight into how they view the world. In alternating viewpoints (sometimes of the same events), we get an insight into each of their minds – an insight into the mind of a killer, now there’s your thrill!
To say I was pleasantly surprised by this book would be an understatement, I was blown away by it. Swanson shows off his great writing abilities in this new release. After a book as great as The Kind Worth Killing, questions are asked, can Mr Swanson deliver again? The answer is an almighty YES! This book is a slow-burner, which is fitting for this story as it allows you to get swallowed up in the mystery; enjoying each page of the book as events unfold and the puzzle pieces fall into place. Her Every Fear is laced with tension, with its dark plot and deep, richly developed characters, this is an addictive read. Yes, Mr Swanson has shown us he can do both – write a great thriller and write a great mystery too! I urge you to read this book, surrender to the paranoia, the psychological mind game of Her Every Fear, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
I highly recommend you pick up this book for yourself and find out #WhoKilledAudreyMarshall?
*My thanks to Sophie Portas at Faber & Faber for providing me with a copy of this book*
About the Author:
Peter Swanson 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 Fleming Steel Dagger; and his most recent, Her Every Fear. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine.
A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and cat. (source: peter-swanson.com)
Follow the tour – if you missed yesterday’s stop, you can find it here: Peter Swanson: ten movies that inspired my writing