Book Review for BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM by Peter Swanson
BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM by Peter Swanson
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A minefield of darkness, emotion, and duplicity.
BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM is a wonderfully twisted story takes the reader down a path of murder, lies, and obsession. This fast-paced thriller just reminded me why I love Swanson’s work so much.
So let’s get down to it. I am not going to give anything away because you would hate me for that. However, what I can tell you is that this book is good. It has suspense. It has heightened tense moments leading to epic ramifications. It has the emotion brought in by the well-developed characters. Honestly, it checks all the boxes of a positively addictive psychological thriller.
Though he lost me a bit with his previous novel, Swanson is back with all the juicy surprises and a unique look at the serial killer. The heart of the plot brings together fundamentally flawed characters to give us all a doozie of an ending. I am still reeling from this one. A must read!
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Catching a killer is dangerous—especially if he lives next door
From the hugely talented author of The Kind Worth Killing comes an exquisitely chilling tale of a young suburban wife with a history of psychological instability whose fears about her new neighbor could lead them both to murder . . .
Hen and her husband Lloyd have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Hen (short for Henrietta) is an illustrator and works out of a studio nearby, and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. Finally, she’s found some stability and peace.
But when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband’s office shelf. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. Hen knows because she’s long had a fascination with this unsolved murder—an obsession she doesn’t talk about anymore, but can’t fully shake either.
Could her neighbor, Matthew, be a killer? Or is this the beginning of another psychotic episode like the one she suffered back in college, when she became so consumed with proving a fellow student guilty that she ended up hurting a classmate?
The more Hen observes Matthew, the more she suspects he’s planning something truly terrifying. Yet no one will believe her. Then one night, when she comes face to face with Matthew in a dark parking lot, she realizes that he knows she’s been watching him, that she’s really on to him. And that this is the beginning of a horrifying nightmare she may not live to escape. . .
About the Author: Peter Swanson is a novelist whose books have won the New England Society Book Award and made the finals for the Los Angeles Book Award and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (March 5, 2019)
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