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Her Every Fear: A Novel

by Peter Swanson

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The author of the wildly popular The Kind Worth Killing returns with an electrifying and downright Hitchcockian psychological thriller‚??as tantalizing as the cinema classics Rear Window and Wait Until Dark‚??involving a young woman caught in a vise of voyeurism, betrayal, manipulation, and murder.

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.

Told from multiple points of view, Her Every Fear is a scintillating, edgy novel rich with Peter Swanson's chilling insight into the darkest corners of the human psyche and virtuosic skill for plotting that has propelled him to the highest ranks of suspense, in the tradition of such greats as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Patricia Highsmith, and James M… (more)

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As one imagine from the title, this novel is a creepy mystery, involving murdered women and characters with messed up relationships. Told from different perspectives, the characters and their stories intertwine, making for a fast-paced book with frequent new revelations. After some of the events in this book, I may have trouble sleeping tonight. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Feb 21, 2023 |
Her Every Fear is one that I read fairly recently thanks to a hand sell from a local book store. I was looking for a mystery and a creepy one and this was the one recommended. It is indeed creepy.

It focuses on Kate, who after an unnamed incident (if you read the publisher's description it will spoil it), decides to switch apartments with her cousin, Corbin, whom she has never met. He goes to England and she comes to Boston.

When Kate arrives, a murder investigation is just beginning as Corbin's neighbor has been murdered. Kate is questioned, but knows nothing as she has just arrived. She finds it curious though that Corbin wanted eagerly to trade places with her. Was Corbin involved in the murder? Did he know the neighbor?

As she wanders the neighborhood, she runs into a man named Alan. Kate doesn't know it, but Alan knows the murdered neighbor as he has WATCHED HER FROM HIS WINDOW EVERY NIGHT! Enter the creepy neighbor (I am guessing that is him on the top right of the hardback cover). Did he have something to do with the neighbor's murder?

Corbin is in England, but is not enjoying the apartment. His was neat and huge, but Kate's is tiny and messy, so he decides to cruise the neighborhood bars. His behavior becomes a bit creepy too. Are you sure he had nothing to do with the murder?

I use those three as the book is narrated from the three different perspectives- Kate, Alan, and Corbin. There may be others, but I am not sharing. Each has a different tale to tell and each brings a unique voice to the mix.

The book itself felt a little long, but I wound up reading it very quickly, if that makes sense. It kept a good pace and told an excellent story, yet it felt long.

The big question is- did you guess the ending? Well, it isn't that sort of a book. There won't be a need to guess the ending as stories are told throughout the book that continue to unveil characters and their pasts, including the murdered neighbor. It is a good one in that not all are innocent and not all are guilty (well, there is a guilty party, but you will figure that out). It is a good mix of creepy characters though.

I wound up enjoying it for what it was. It fit the right need that I was looking for. Not too deep, but a fairly good mystery and a good array of creep factors.

I gave this one 3.5 stars. ( )
  Nerdyrev1 | Nov 23, 2022 |
Another winner from this Author that is always on my To Be Read List.
He's the new Suspense King.
Love all his books ( )
  silversurfer | Jul 26, 2021 |
Enjoyed the story, but it went very slow. I was able to guess the character "who did it" about half way through. Not a whole lot of suspense. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
A good page turner and very hard to put down.
I am giving 4 stars because three quarters of the way it was becoming repetitive, not from different characters point of view but from Kate. That's another point that bothers me. Kate, the protagonist, a young woman with a history haunting her. Her anxiety disorder just seems like many other psycho thriller characters. It's rather annoying. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
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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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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

The author of the wildly popular The Kind Worth Killing returns with an electrifying and downright Hitchcockian psychological thriller‚??as tantalizing as the cinema classics Rear Window and Wait Until Dark‚??involving a young woman caught in a vise of voyeurism, betrayal, manipulation, and murder.

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.

Told from multiple points of view, Her Every Fear is a scintillating, edgy novel rich with Peter Swanson's chilling insight into the darkest corners of the human psyche and virtuosic skill for plotting that has propelled him to the highest ranks of suspense, in the tradition of such greats as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Patricia Highsmith, and James M

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