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Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
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Her Every Fear

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‘Her Every Fear’ started strongly but unfortunately petered out at the conclusion, not due to a lack action as much as an absence of believability. Just an opinion on my part, but the turnabout of one of the key characters doesn’t pass the smell test.

This novel asks an interesting question: what if 2 clean cut young men conspire to commit a seemingly unsolvable murder, decide to do it again, but then one of them opts out? The story line’s an interesting one, the writing is strong, the characters are decently drawn, and the pacing is good. As mentioned previously, my problem is with the behavioral change in one of the murderers. I won’t go any further to avoid spoiling the conclusion, but judge for yourself. It’s a very worthwhile read. ( )
  gmmartz | Aug 10, 2018 |
Emotionally frail and psychologically traumatized, Londoner Kate Priddy agrees to a six-month swap of apartments with her American cousin Corbin Dell, a man she has never met. The day she arrives to take possession of the apartment, she learns that the woman in the next door has been found murdered. Further, it seems the woman had some involvement with her cousin. Kate finds herself compulsively plunged into the investigation...and the lives of some of her neighbors, most especially Alan Cherney, who had a voyeuristic interest in the deceased. And what of the rather odd Jack Ludovico, who claims to have loved his friend Audrey Marshall from afar? -- Written from several different viewpoints, this is an incredibly twisty, suspenseful yarn, marred ever-so-slightly by a denouement that is rather humdrum in some of its details. Still, a real page-turner from an author worth investigating. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
Neurotic, anxiety-ridden Kate Priddy, subject to panic attacks following her long-ago kidnapping, trades apartments with her cousin, Corbin Dell, and moves to Boston for six months while Corbin takes up residence in her London flat.

But the murder of Audrey Marshall, in her home right next door to Corbin’s apartment, leaves Kate shaken and wary. There’s neighbor Alan Cherney with his own secrets, a suddenly-appearing cat, and her own fears, all combining to keep her on edge. Then Audrey’s tearful . . . and unsettling . . . boyfriend claims Corbin is the murder.

When Kate accidentally discovers that Corbin is not where he says he is, and she finds some disturbing things in his apartment, she begins to wonder if her cousin could be the killer. Or perhaps it was Alan? Or the brokenhearted boyfriend? Kate doesn’t know where to place her trust . . . and it may cost her everything.

Well-drawn characters populate this psychological thriller that is strong on character development. Kate, Corbin, Alan, and Audrey’s maybe-boyfriend take turns telling the tale, a conveyance that has an unfortunate tendency to rehash the same events as each character takes on the role of narrator. While this allows for some surprising epiphanies, it also has the effect of stopping the forward motion of the story. Nevertheless, with unexpected plot twists and unforeseen revelations, there is enough suspense to keep the tension building, even if Kate’s repeated reiteration of her fears grows a bit wearisome as the story progresses. Astute readers will identify the final twists before their reveals, but the narrative’s pedestrian ending is likely to disappoint. ( )
  jfe16 | Jul 5, 2018 |
I wasn't very impressed with the writing. I found there was just too much filler when it could have been sharper. Very gory and overall not a satisfying story. ( )
  clamato | May 22, 2018 |
Her Every Fear has to be about the creepiest book I have ever read - I mean it was scary! It made me fear for every woman out there on the dating scene, and every young woman living alone! Very well written, I thought. It was never a who-dun-it - the reader knows that from the start - but more of a psychological mystery, how long can this go on and how many victims is it going to take? Really, quite an intriguing book with the poor harried main character, Kate, already (and for good reason) a very fearful person having every fear come true. Can she possible survive a second time? I particularly appreciated the Kindle edition having several essays about the book and other books by the author - very interesting! And illuminating on the plot and characters in this book. ( )
  MarthaHuntley | Mar 29, 2018 |
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Every fear is a desire. Every desire is a fear.
The cigarettes are burning under the trees
Where the Staffordshire murderers wait for their accomplices
And victims. Every victim is an accomplice.

--James Fenton, "A Staffordshire Murderer"
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For Susan, Jim, David, and Jeremy
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The fastest route from Logan Airport to downtown Boston is a mile-long tunnel called the Sumner.
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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.… (more)

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