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. Jet-lagged 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.
©2017 Peter Swanson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
"Like all good psychological thrillers, this one keeps listeners on edge.... Swanson's story is compelling. [Narrator Eva] Kaminsky brings it all to life - the fear and panic and the tenuous nature of trusting ourselves and others." (AudioFile)
I listen to novels for distraction and entertainment and rate them on the experience, not literary merit. I prefer to read good literature.
I have GOT TO STOP buying into this irritating rash of 'clever modern thrillers with a twist' a'la 'Gone Girl'. They are not clever and not thrilling. The heroine of Her Every Fear makes some astonishingly stupid choices while writer Swanson tries unsuccessfully to support the pathology behind those choices.
Narrator Eva Kaminsky's superb style and perfect pacing propelled me through what - in other hands- might easily have been a 'return unread'.
I'm going back to Tey, Hightower, Levin, Vine, Rendell; writers who knew how to twist the knife (and the plot).
I bought this book based on the author's previous work which I found entertaining.
This book is told from multiple perspectives which I really enjoy. This author does this very well as he doesn't just have multiple characters recount the same events/circumstances over and over again. Each perspective adds another layer of character development, intrigue, and mystery.
This isn't a great book as there are some crater-sized plot holes one has to overlook, but I think it's extremely entertaining and well written. The narration is also very well done.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I wasn't expecting anything as good as 'The Kind Worth Killing' (One of the best books I ever listened to) but I still felt like this book didn't meet the expectations I had. The book had promise for awhile - But I feel like there is an ingredient missing. Like someone left the salt out of the stew. Writing from a vantage point of 3 or 4 characters perspective can be okay - But I think the last part of the book over did it. By the end - I literally forwarded the audio book through the last bit of regurgitation to find out what happened. I thought the ending could have been better - Darker. I have an idea how the book should have ended in my opinion - But But who am I - Right?
For what its worth, J
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was "spot on" as a follow up to Swanson's previous novel. I became engaged in the characters and their idiosyncrasies. It was a great "listen" for my hour commute. I recommend for those interested in murder mysteries and thrillers.
"The Kind Worth Killing" had despicable but very interesting characters and a great plot. "Her Every Fear" has some really idiotic characters and the plot is just too implausible. The twists that lead to the end way too convenient. I will still read the next Swanson novel, in the hope that he rises to the success of his previous novel...but I cannot recommend this one. The narrator tends to turn the male characters into caricatures (even though, in all fairness, some of them are written that way.)
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Not nearly as good as the first book, it still is a reasonable way to pass the time while driving. Over the top at points. The plot line has to be at least a little bit believeable
Narrator was not great....a bit too monotone. Plot was a bit predictable, but writing was good and entertaining.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
Her Every Fear deals with a woman who has swapped apartments with her cousin in the United States. He's gone to her place in London, and she's at his place in New York city- and their reasons for swapping are extremely good. We find more about their need to 'get away' as the book progresses. Corbin, her cousin, has a very deep, dark and secretive path and it might put many others in danger.
The story is told from both cousins' points of view and the point of view a killer who is acquiring a body count with classic signature serial killer qualities. But Corbin isn't exactly innocent in the whole situation, and he's putting the lives of the people he loves at risk.
Her Every Fear is a fast paced thriller that held my attention and I gobbled up the book in just a couple of days. I would recommend it to a person who likes thrillers- great for walking, or a long trip. Great job Peter Swanson- and excellent kudos to the narrators of this audio book- it was a fairly good listen.
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