Friday, March 9, 2018

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

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.

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 accidentally learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? What about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jet-lagged 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?

A completely engrossing story. The type of book that you can’t wait to pick up again to start reading where you left off. It’s better if you can do it in one sitting or at least over a weekend. The story starts out when Kate, having already suffered past trauma with a psychotic boyfriend is thrust into a new situation which has her questioning her sanity and even her luck in attracting psychos.

 Originally from London, she agrees to switch apartments for the summer with Corbin, her distant cousin living in Boston. As soon as she arrives to Boston, she finds out that the next door neighbor was killed the same day her cousin left for London. Although her cousin denies having known her, Kate soon finds out that they were actually involved in a relationship. The story then focuses on the search for the killer with all the main characters narrating from their point of view. Each character is fully drawn with their own intriguing back stories. A very satisfying read. You will recommend and even pass the book along for the next person to enjoy.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Roberta

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