Her Every Fear: A Novel

Her Every Fear: A Novel

by Peter Swanson


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Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062427038
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 180,405
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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 FictionThe Atlantic MonthlyMeasureThe GuardianThe 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.

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Her Every Fear 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I look forward every year to Peter Swanson's new book. Her Every Fear was everything that I knew it would be for me in the suspense genre. Great plot, fast moving, and easy to read. Perfect for a winter's read. Looking forward to his next novel and will pre order as I know I will get what I paid for!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters, plot,, suspense--this one is his best yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read....could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Immensely enjoyed all of his books and anxiously await his next thriller.
Sean_From_OHIO 12 months ago
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson is full of psychological twists and turns. Kate is a character you want to root for but things keep spiraling out of control. So the least, the men in her life are awful. She goes through so much that isn't her fault at all. Swanson surprisingly switches narrators throughout the book and it gives crazy insights to characters I wasn't expected. There was some very creepy scenes and the book took an entirely unexpected path. The ending was also pretty shocking. Overall, a very good thriller from an author I want to read more from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read two of peter swanson books..can't wait to start .Her every fear
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this one. Martha Byrd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His best book yet!
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I love these kinds of stories where there’s a twist with a horrible villain that’s rotten to the core. There’s plenty of mystery and the creep factor is definitely there throughout the book. What I liked about the book was the mood and the way it’s written. The element of mystery is excellent. You’re even doubting Kate and questioning her sanity because of certain events in the book. When you realize it’s all real the creep factor greatly increases. The characters in this book are well done. You do feel for Corbin but at the same time, he brought it upon himself. (Doesn’t anyone just TALK about it anymore? It’s all about just lashing out and getting revenge???!!) And Henry, he’s just a special character all in his own group. I’ve read some pretty hateful characters...but Henry’s pretty high up on the list. He’s got some pretty serious issues and he’s overall a pretty unlikable character. But, to his credit he’s devious. Devious to the point where he could be a runner for villain of the year. His planning and methods were crafty and calculating. Imagining having someone like Henry in your vicinity is enough to get the hairs on your arms rise. The plot was well done and flowing nicely. There is also a good amount of backstory throughout the novel so it helps you understand the actions and behavior of the characters, and that’s what I really enjoyed the most of this book. The climax of the novel was also very well done and everything comes to a perfect closing towards the end. Two things that irked me in this book; Kate and Alan. Alan’s creepy in his own way (harmless creep) but a creep nevertheless. He’s awkward and not that likable but then again, Kate’s choices aren’t really that stellar anyway (not her fault). Another thing; I have no idea why the author had to be so descriptive to the point as to describe *exactly* what novel Kate’s reading, what type of music Alan is listening to, etc. Are you trying to name drop? To advertise? It was to the point where it got annoying - perhaps it’s because I’ve had bad experiences with this type of writing so I’m thinking that’s why it stands out and irked me. Next time, no need to advertise? Please? Greatly recommended for thriller lovers! You got a good villain to hate here!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives new meaning to the phrase "could'nt put it down"! Having read all his previous books he seems to get better and better. I eagerly await his next novel. Warning: be prepared to lose sleep, as you won't stop turning page after page!!!!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Kate thinks she is doing an easy apartment swap with her cousin and from day one she is thrown into an experience that is something that she is trying to escape. She had a tragic experience a few years prior to this book and something happens and the post traumatic feelings are returning, but in this instance she decides to fight back and not be the victim. This was quite the creepy book and although I predicted who the culprit was, it was still interesting. The creep factor helped me be okay that I knew who dun it and guessed the ending. If you have read this genre for a bit, you would probably guess it also, but you can still enjoy the journey.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Have you read Peter Swanson yet? No? Well, if you're a fan of twisty, turny suspense novels like I am, you'll want to add him to your 'must read' list. Swanson's latest book is Her Every Fear. Brit Kate Priddy suffers from anxiety, panic attacks and OCD. Her bouts and symptoms got even worse after surviving a horrible relationship with ex-boyfriend George. When the opportunity arises to switch apartments for six months with her distant cousin Corbin in Boston, she decides it's a great opportunity to reclaim her life. But when a neighbour of Corbin's goes missing the day she moves in, Kate begins to wonder if she's made the right choice. And then the neighbour is found dead..... A fantasic premise with loads of places to go - and an uncertain narrator to tell the tale. Love it! Swanson has the reader knowing much more than our poor Kate. There are three other voices - Corbin, a friend of Corbin and another resident of the apartment building in Boston. We know what's happened, what's happening and the danger that Kate is in. Kate tries to downplay odd incidents.... she let the cat out didn't she? How did he get back in? Is someone watching her from the window across the way? (nice little Hitchcockian plot device) Has someone changed one of her sketches? Or is it her own anxieties causing her worries and suspicions? The narrative switches between then and now and only serves to heighten the tension as we learn more about the characters and their secrets. Swanson has painted one heck of a scary antagonist in one of the three characters His inner dialogue is truly frightening. So, while we know the whodunit long before the police, it's the journey there that makes for a deliciously creepy read. Swanson's last book, The Kind Worth Killing, had a fantastic 'gotcha' in the last few pages. I was looking (and hoping) for a similar ending. It's there, but subtle. One line in a paragraph near the end has me thinking that Kate may be making another bad choice......
ReadingwithPugs More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I was disappointed in this ending. The book had such promise but it really fell flat in the end. I thought the premise of the story was good and about 30% in I was hooked and turning the pages furiously to unravel this mystery. However, when you have about 20% left of the book you already know the outcome of the whole story which was not ground breaking, it was entirely predictable in my opinion and then the author chose to rehash the whole story from our killers POV. Literally the entire story retold to complete the book. If you like psychological thrillers that play with your mind and very naive narrator, you might like this but overall this book was disappointing for me.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson is a highly recommended novel of suspense. Kate Priddy suffers from panic attacks and anxiety due to a terrifying experience with an ex-boyfriend. Kate, who lives in London, agrees to a 6 month apartment switch with Corbin Dell, her second cousin who lives on Beacon Hill in Boston. Hoping that a change will help her heal from her emotional trauma, she is planning to take a couple of art classes while in Boston. On the day of her arrival Corbin's next-door neighbor, Audrey Marshall, is discovered murdered. The police are questioning tenants, including Kate, who doesn't know Corbin; in fact, she has never met him, so she doesn't have a lot of personal information to provide the investigators about him. Still suffering from jet lag, Kate is thrust right into a murder investigation, while meeting new people who may or may not be involved, and her growing suspicion that Corbin may be involved. Her Every Fear is a solid, intense thriller that reaches a satisfying conclusion. It is well-written. After a slow start, it does ratchet the suspense up as the novel progresses. The narrative is told through several different points of view. There is no shockingly unexpected twist or surprise, but it is creepy. As a character driven novel, there is some repetition and retelling of the same events. Actually, Her Every Fear would make a good movie. You'd have to work on some of the issues (below) but as a movie much of the repetition could be avoided and the creepiness played up. There were a couple problems/nagging questions with the novel for me. They are all quite obvious. Why on earth would Kate agree to an apartment switch with a cousin she never met, quit her job, and move to Boston for 6 months? How does this mesh with someone who suffers from severe anxiety and panic attacks? How is she supporting herself? It seems that her recovery would progress more in London (and doubtful, to me, that any mother worth that designation would encourage her daughter to do this after the trauma she went through). Why would she be chatting up strangers the way she does? I have no anxiety disorders and I wouldn't be talking to all these people, freely providing personal information. And how does one person manage to be such a psychopath magnet? Where are the rational decisions? 3.5 for me. Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
beckybh More than 1 year ago
HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson is a riveting and suspenseful mystery which may make you suspicious of everyone you meet. Set in both Boston and London, it weaves the lives of the main characters into a web of anxiety, fear and distrust. The story takes place over a few days and starts out in Kate Priddy's point of view (POV), adding other characters' POVs as it goes along. Kate arrives in Boston to spend six months experiencing life in a new place and taking design classes. She's agreed to a house switch with her cousin, Corbin Dell, who she's never met, as he's been transferred to London. Anxiety-riddene Kate now has PTSD from a horrific attack by her ex-boyfriend five years ago. As she walks down the hallway toward her cousin's condo door, she encounters a girl pounding on a neighbor's door. The girl believes something bad has happened to her friend. Later on, Kate finds out that the neighbor, Audrey Marshall, is dead. Strange things start happening to Kate in her cousin's condo--slight changes to things around her, cat left inside when she knows she let it out into the hallway--enough to where she questions her sanity. The reader starts wondering if Kate is an unreliable narrator or if something odd is really going on. Corbin Dell first visited London as a student. Though he was a bit of a loner, he began dating a bartender at a local pub. He didn't really gel with the other American students but partied with them on occasion. He left town when his studies ended, with a big secret and a regret that follows him daily. Corbin arrives in London to work his six months parallel to Kate arriving in Boston. He emails her to thank her for the switch in homes and the details she left him about the neighborhood. He also emails Audrey, though he knows she won't answer him. Alan Cherney has lived in the condo building for about a year. His heiress girlfriend left him, so he has to move out within the month. He has been obsessed with Audrey for a long while, almost to the point of being a stalker. Henry Wood was the life of the party in London, with every person his friend, and other American students tended to gravitate toward him. Corbin saw him around school but only interacted with Henry near the end of their studies in London. Though they parted under unusual circumstances, they renewed their acquaintance back in the USA and became bosom buddies. Eventually they parted ways and Corbin moved on with his life. He still remembers Henry, and apparently, Henry has never forgotten Corbin. All the characters have strengths and weaknesses and no two are alike. By using the various POVs, the author reveals a bit of each character's personality and reasons behind their current actions. I'm giving the book 4.5 stars because with every new POV, I had to figure out where it began in the timeline of Kate's experiences. The pacing would've benefitted from giving the time, day and city at the beginning of each change in POV. Though I felt the killer was inferred before the final traumatic scene, interplay between characters and intensity of the plot kept me captivated throughout the story. The author is a master in writing suspense and creating tense scenes, and readers will be engrossed in this novel to the very end. If You Liked This, You May Also Like: EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE by Windy Mejia, I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh, THE DRY by Jane Harper, THE SLEEPWALKER by Chris Bohjalian * E-galley provided by William Morrow for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too repetitious last 100 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hoped for better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok but not great. Too predictable all the way