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. Cain.
Kate is an anxious woman who has been through a lot. Her mind is plagued by a man names George, who has this ultimate grasp on her reality, her thoughts, and her dreams. Later in the story, it is revealed why, and let me tell you – George would constantly be around every corner for me as well. When Kate decides to (finally) leave her house and venture to the States from London to swap apartments with her cousin, Corbin, she never expected to be welcomed by such tragedy. Corbin’s next door neighbor, Aubrey, is dead and the police suspect foul play. Kate doesn’t know her cousin well, and begins to wonder if he had anything to do with it. She begins searching for answers and runs into a neighbor of his, Alan, who claims he saw Corbin over at Aubrey’s on more than one occasion. What does all of this mean? Alan also said he didn’t know Audrey personally, he just saw them together—through the window of his apartment across the courtyard— can you say creeper?!?!?
All of a sudden, Kate is being plagued by bouts of deja-vu, forgetfulness, and an eerie feeling. What is really going on here- is it all in her imagination? Kate is then visited by Jack, an old flame of Audrey’s, hoping to find answers. He also seeks out Alan in an attempt to gain even more information. Everything Jack has to say points the finger at Corbin, and although Kate doesn’t know her cousin- is it too far-fetched to think he could have murdered his neighbor?
This thrilling story continues to pan out in an interesting and unexpected way. I was deeply invested and spared no time in finishing the book to find out what happened. The characters were complex and developed in a very life-like way. Their psychological identities were extremely descriptive and honest and hearing the story through various viewpoints makes the tale even more intriguing. Events were detailed and believable— leaving you in suspense waiting for the next move, but not knowing what it would be. This is the first book I have read by Peter Swanson, but I’m excited to have found another author whose twisted books I thoroughly enjoy.
Once again- Happy Reading!!
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Good reads giveaway running until September 15, 2016: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/196860-her-every-fear
Thank you once again to Net Galley for an amazing read in exchange for this review!