The danger isn’t all in your head . . .
In Peter Swanson’s third psychological thriller, HER EVERY FEAR (HarperCollins), Kate Priddy has survived a trauma experienced by few. She’s been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend at gunpoint, held captive in a tiny closet, until police finally rescue her after her ex blows his brains out. After months in a rehab center and being coddled by her family, she believes she’s ready to step out of her comfort zone just as her second cousin, Corbin Dell in Boston calls and suggests she apartment switch with her place in London. He says he has a job offer in London and six-months would be the perfect amount of time for each to get a feel for their new surroundings.
Well if Kate is looking for a calm place to tame her paranoia and learn to trust again, her second cousin’s ultra-plush Boston apartment is definitely the wrong choice. As soon as she arrives, her next door neighbor is found murdered, the police seem to be interested in the cousin she doesn’t know and want to search his apartment. When they leave, she takes a look and discovers some “interesting” items. After a few random conversations, she learns Corbin was in a romantic relationship with the victim and is a person of interest in the murder. Kate keeps thinking she’s on to something, but repeatedly blows it off to being jet-lagged. The danger Kate imagines, isn’t nearly as twisted as what’s about to happen when HER EVERY FEAR becomes very real.
I enjoyed how Peter Swanson chose to tell the story from various points of view. It created a solid base for the quick-paced thriller to flow. There were numerous well-developed plots, so I never felt as if I had the story figured out until the very end. I liked the characters, even the ones I wasn’t supposed to because they were so flushed out and real. This is Peter Swanson’s third novel and the first I’ve read. I plan on going back and reading THE GIRL WITH A CLOCK FOR A HEART and THE KIND WORTH KILLING.
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.