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Before She Knew Him Hardcover – 7 Mar 2019

4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Mar. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571340644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571340644
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Swanson's pacing is exemplary. He knows how to ration his twists and where in the narrative to place them, devoting just the right amount of time to exploring the ramifications of each new development before spinning the story off in an ominous new direction. And if a lot of what he does is juggling around well-used tropes from suspense fiction, the way he does it is so smart and exciting that you're just happy to get swept along...Brian de Palma, or Hitchcock, were he still alive, would kill for the film rights. (Alastair Mabbott The Herald)

Before She Knew Him is Swanson's fifth novel and it's a sizzling slice of his unique brand of domestic noir. tingling with tension, brimming with menace, and shot through here with a hint of seductive gothic...Swanson is on brilliant form in this intriguing, fast-paced thriller which harnesses the dark atmospherics of Rear Window and the complex characterisation of Patricia Highsmith, and transposes them into a fascinating contemporary setting...And in trademark style, Swanson's ingenious plotting throws up tantalising clues and then slowly unravels them through a series of shocking revelations, leaving readers confused, bemused and racing to the last page. Compelling, creepy, and psychologically astute, this is stylish thriller writing at its very best. (Pam Norfolk Lancashire Evening Post)

What would you do if you began to suspect your next door neighbour was a serial killer? That is the dilemma faced by artist Hen - and the jumping off point for this very contemporary thriller that will keep you gripped through every elegant twist and turn. (Sunday Mirror/The People)

'Swanson writes stand-alone stories, almost an oddity in contemporary crime and thriller literature, where series abound. Yet his novels stand in a class of their own, and 'Before She Knew Him' is no exception: a superb psychological suspense novel, slowly but irresistibly growing in tension, brilliantly observed in the nuances of its characterisation, and merciless in catching the reader entirely unaware with its twists...a first-rate psychological suspense novel, populated with intense, highly believable characters you will really feel for. Though, after reading it, you may look on your neighbours with new eyes.' (Nic Mira ThrillerBooksJournal)

'Before She Knew Him, is a superb, twisty, disturbing picture of a plausible, charming man who happens to be a psychopath, and the young woman who knows what he is but cannot convince the police of his guilt...This was the kind of book you whizz through, and think about when you're not actually reading it. I can't recommend it highly enough.' (Harriet Devine Shiny New Books)

'This book will be on my BEST books of 2019 list for sure. I can't recommend it enough.' (Umut Reviews)

'Before She Knew Him is a wonderful slow burn of a novel which held my attention from beginning to end.' (damppebbles.com)

'The narrative trickery is bold but reined-in, and the action is confined to a patch of New England
suburbia, evoked in John Updike-like loving detail. Here, as in all his best work, Swanson is equally beguiling when conjuring up the mind of a sociopath and the middleclass Eden that harbours him.'

(John Dugdale The Sunday Times)

'Fans of his previous bestsellers, such as All the Beautiful Lies, won't be disappointed with Swanson's latest offering...As usual he is spot on with his understanding of the shifting power in relationships.' (Christena Appleyard Daily Mail)

'Peter Swanson is such a clever author who has written a blinder of a novel which kept on surprising me until the very last page.' (The Writing Garnet)

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From Peter Swanson, author of The Kind Worth Killing and All the Beautiful Lies, comes a novel as brilliant, dark, coruscating and surprising as Patricia Highsmith and Ira Levin at their very best

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