[BLOG TOUR: BOOK REVIEW] Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson @FaberBooks @PeterSwanson3

Whenever I see a new Peter Swanson book coming out I immediately get excited. Swanson is that author you just love and whose writing pulls you in – he’s seriously one of my favourite thriller writers ever. When I saw that he had a new book coming out I got so excited! When I see a Swanson book I just get so excited because his books are something I love getting lost in.

Before She Knew Him follows Hen who moves in with her husband Lloyd to a new home. One night at a neighbourhood party Hen and Lloyd meet Matthew and Mira Dolamore, a couple with who they can most relate since they’re the only childless couple in the neighbourhood. Both couples agreed to meet up one night for dinner at the Dolamores so they can get to know each other better. While staying at dinner Hen gets a tour of the house from Mira and sees something that shocks her – a fencing trophy. She immediately gets chills because it can’t be! From this point on Hen starts suspecting that Matthew – a seemingly normal professor – is hiding a dark secret. Hen tells her concerns to her husband who dimisses this insane thought but she isn’t sure she’s being irrational in this situation. Hen begins getting interested in Dolamores more and more and this obsession will spark up an unusual bond with Matthew.

Before She Knew Him is out now in both US and UK! Swanson has a way of engaging the reader when it comes to his books. I have to say that of all the works I’ve read by him nothing can top The Kind Worth Killing which amazed me and made me fall in love with Swanson.

Before She Knew Him is such a fast-paced book and I loved spending every hour and every minute reading it. The characters in it have depth and even the side-characters are given a voice which I found to be excellent when it came to this story. I love how Swanson created Hen who even though has mental health problems still stays true to what she believes and doesn’t let it stop her from finding out the truth. The Dolamores as characters were amazing especially Matthew whose mind was so complex. When it comes to the plot I just loved it – especially the last twenty pages which had me gasping! Now, since I’m on the subject of the ending I kind of felt that it was rushed and would’ve loved that it was more thought-out because the whole idea was so amazing but cut abruptly. Something I love about Swanson is the Hitchcock-ian feel that he adds to his stories and this one had that as well – I mean that twist at the end! As I’ve mentioned, the characters are something I loved finding out more about and Swanson did that perfectly [getting into their psyche] but the ending felt a bit rushed for my taste. Although I had an issue with the ending of this book I still found it thoroughly enjoyable and something I would definitely recommend you pick up if you’re a fan of brilliant psychological thrillers!

I would like to thank the publisher Faber&Faber for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions written here are my own and weren’t influenced by the fact that I got this book for free from the publisher.

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Peter Swanson is the author of four 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; Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year; and his most recent, All the Beautiful Lies. 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. A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and cat.

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[REVIEW] The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

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This is my second novel from Peter Swanson and dare I say it didn’t disappoint. I first heard about his 2015The Kind Worth Killing’ – read it immediately and became interested in this author. I must also say that his second novel ‘The Kind Worth Killing’ is still my favourite of his.

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart follows George Foss and the mysterious  relationship he has with his college sweetheart who disappeared after the first semester. George finds himself sitting in a bar with his on-and-off girlfriend Irene when he sees a woman who reminds him of his college girlfriend Audrey Beck/Liana. He dismisses this fact and continues with his conversation with Irene – still having that woman on his mind – after telling Irene that he isn’t feeling well and leaving the bar he comes back to the bar with certainty that that’s his college girlfriend Audrey/Liana.

His intuition turns out right and they start having a chat where she tells him she needs a favour from him. He hesitates but agrees to do the favour even tho he knows about her troubled past and secrets she holds.

This was a great thriller which I expected it would be coming from this author. I love his writing and how he creates tension and twists. What bothered me was how quickly he believes her and trusts her to do what she asks of him. It don’t understand what kind of person can do that in an instant, I do get that he was in love with her even though she disappeared.  She left her mark on him which after twenty years never got healed. But nevertheless it was a fast thriller with interesting characters. As for recommending this book – If you’d like to read Swanson you better start with ‘The Kind Worth Killing’ and work through the rest. Looking forward to his next book ‘Her Every Fear’ which is out this year.

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[REVIEW] The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

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Two people meet at the airport bar and start ‘pouring their hearts out’ to each other.

The novel follows two people: Ted and Lily who after having one to many drinks start telling each other stories and at the end, plotting the murder of Ted’s wife. Throughout the first half of the book we are presented with Ted’s and Lily’s stories. We are given insight in both of their lives before their encounter and after their encounter. That’s it because I won’t spoil anything. To be honest it’s best to dive into the book without knowing much about it.

I absolutely enjoyed this thriller. First chapter got me hooked I mean come on, who doesn’t find ‘strangers telling stories about themselves to one another in an airport’ interesting. Peter Swanson’s writing was brilliant and it kept my attention to the last page. The sole idea of the book is so intriguing that you want buy the book and read it front to back.

Something that I find fascinating is different point of views in novels, television series, movies. This book had a few of them(meaning different POV’s from all characters) and it was brilliantly done. I kind of felt empathy towards Lily and in the end cheered for her and her actions. There were a few characters in the book but I felt connected to Ted’s and Lily’s the most because I felt that they were ‘nicer’ than other characters in the book even tho that’s not true (haha). I feel like if I say anything else about the book or it’s characters I’ll spoil it and it wouldn’t be enjoyable for the person reading it.

I would definitely agree with reviews that suggest more recognition for this book because it’s simply amazing and a true page-turner. Highly recommend to people who enjoy mystery/thriller novels.

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