"Her Every Fear" by Peter Swanson is suspenseful but a little messy.
This is one of those ‘buzz’ books all my friends were reading, so I had to see why it was so popular.
Kate, and her cousin, Corbin, switch apartments for sixth months. Corbin moves into Kate’s flat in London, while Kate moves into Corbin’s fancy apartment in Boston.
But, things go awry for Kate almost immediately when her next door neighbor, a woman named Audrey, is found dead in her apartment.
Kate finds herself unable to get her mind off the murder, especially after discovering some troubling information regarding her cousin’s relationship with Audrey.
Kate, the primary character, is a little loopy. She’s a woman who has always been prone to phobias and anxiety, a condition exacerbated by her stalker ex-boyfriend who tried to kill her.
After learning her neighbor was murdered, and after being interviewed by the police, she begins snooping around her cousin’s apartment, talking to the other residents, especially, Alan, who appears to have been slightly obsessed with Audrey prior to her death, increasing her paranoia and suspicions.
Could Corbin have somehow been involved in the murder… or could it have been Alan, or maybe Audrey’s former boyfriend? Could Kate be in danger, too?
This is a taut psychological thriller with extremely tense moments of high pitched suspense which kept my eyes glued to the pages.
However, the writing is all over the place. It was hard to follow at times, especially toward the very end, which forced me to go back and reread a few chapters to make sure I fully understood what had happened.
Honestly, this is a pretty straightforward thriller that would have been just as effective written in a more traditional fashion, or maybe broken down into segments so the gear changes flowed smoothly.
However, despite the rather unorthodox writing style, the story still held my attention, kept me guessing, and sitting on pins and needles, as the story came to an action packed, and super intense climax.
Lovers of psychological thrillers, and novels of suspense will certainly appreciate this novel.
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.