Book Review for ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES by Peter Swanson

William Morrow
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought:
A tense suspense novel about obsession and secrets.

I have a feeling for most readers ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES is a book that will either seduce you or leave you wanting more. For me, I was instantly drawn into the narrative, but at times couldn’t help compare it to previous books I have read by the author. The characters were interesting enough and the story had the some twists and turns. However, I kept wanting the author to kick it up a notch. The moments of pure obsession and the web of lies he gives his readers were so delicious. I just wanted more.

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What I did like was Swanson’s writing. When this author crafts a story, I can’t help but have the intense desire to greedily read as many pages as I can. There is a dark eloquence to his books which allow me to get lost in the words and descriptions he puts forth.

Here is the thing. Some books you will love more than others. I think readers generally understand that even though you love an author, not everything they write will resonate with you. ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES was an okay book for me. I was hooked on trying to figure out exactly what was going on, but it wasn’t the home run HER EVERY FEAR was. Is Swanson’s latest worth a read? I think so. There are many elements to the story I believe will pull in a different audience than his previous books. I would even go as far as to say romance readers, especially romantic suspense fans, might like this book more than strictly mystery/thriller lovers.

All I know is I can’t wait to see what the author gives me next. Knowing he is willing to push himself out of his comfort zone, I am excited for what is to come.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


From the acclaimed author of Her Every Fear and The Kind Worth Killing comes a diabolically clever tale of obsession, revenge, and cold-blooded murder—a sly and brilliant guessing game of a novel in the vein of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Patricia Highsmith.

Harry Ackerson has always considered his stepmother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an "otherworldly" way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years.

Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it’s suicide. Devastated, Harry returns to his father’s home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help each other pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father.

Shortly after he arrives, Harry meets a mysterious young woman named Grace McGowan. Though she claims to be new to the area, Harry begins to suspect that Grace may not be a complete stranger to his family. But she isn’t the only attractive woman taking an interest in Harry. The sensual Alice is also growing closer, coming on to him in an enticing, clearly sexual way.

Mesmerized by these two women, Harry finds himself falling deeper under their spell. Yet the closer he gets to them, the more isolated he feels, disoriented by a growing fear that both women are hiding dangerous—even deadly—secrets . . . and that neither one is telling the truth.

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About the Author: Peter Swanson is the author of three novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; and his most recent, Her Every Fear. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine.

Book Details

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (April 3, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062427059
ISBN-13: 978-0062427052

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