- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (12 Jan. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571327109
- ISBN-13: 978-0571327102
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A neatly characterised, thoroughly atmospheric Hitchcockian thriller. (Mail on Sunday, Thriller of the Month)
Another read-in-one-sitting novel from the best-selling Swanson. (Metro)
A stylish story, cleverly told from multiple points of view. Slick and grisly. (Sunday Mirror)
Once again Peter Swanson delivers a thriller that shoves the recent wave of domestic noirs into the shade. (Reader's Digest)
A masterclass in psychological insight and intricate plotting... beware those with a nervous disposition! (Lancashire Evening Post)
Swanson's follow up to the gripping and dark The Kind Worth Killing is equally suspenseful... Edgy all along it builds to an explosive climax. (Lovereading)
Readers won’t anticipate the Hitchcockian twists and turns in this standout suspense tale. (Washington Post)
Swanson, who also wrote The Girl with a Clock for a Heart and The Kind Worth Killing, has quickly established himself as today’s master of the suspense novel. (Otto Penzler)
Chapter by chapter, the text peels back layers to reveal a pathological relationship between Kate’s cousin and a long-ago acquaintance that’s reminiscent of a folie à deux out of Patricia Highsmith. (Wall Street Journal)
A compulsive thriller. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Psychological thriller devotees should block time to read Swanson’s novel in one sitting, preferably in the daylight. (Library Journal, starred review)
Swanson’s third thriller cracks to life in the opening pages... an excellent whodunit with a magical appeal for the mystery thriller lover. (Seattle Book Review)
The bestselling author of The Kind Worth Killing returns with an electrifying psychological thriller - as tantalizing as Rear Window or The Girl on the Train.See all Product Description
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Kate has planned to take some classes in design and illustration; drawing and sketching calms her and she is able to reproduce faces after only one meeting. At first, she meets neighbours, but all is definitely not as calm in the expensive apartment complex seems on the surface. Detective Roberta James is keen to search Corbin’s apartment, which seems to have no imprint of his life in the tidy, but devoid of any real personality, rooms. Then there is the attractive Alan Cherney, who lives in the apartment opposite Audrey Marshall’s and seemed to have an obsession with her, which reminds her uncomfortably of events in her own past. Lastly, there is the man who claims to be Audrey’s friend, who hangs about outside the apartments and approaches Kate more than once.
Trying to shake off her feelings that something is wrong and knowing that what happened to her has made her somewhat paranoid, Kate tries to settle down into normal life. However, gradually, as the story unfolds, we learn about not only Kate’s past, but also that of the other characters and realise that danger lurks in the very place that Kate has fled to, to start a new life.Read more ›
So, what’s the book about? Kate Priddy is a pathological, uncontrollable worrier – from an early age, Kate believed if it can go wrong, it will. If it’s unlikely to go wrong, she still believes it will go wrong, with disaster round every corner. This state of mind isn’t helped when Kate is brutally attacked by a domineering and controlling ex boyfriend, so she could be best described as delicate. Surprisingly, Kate decides to “mix it up” a little by agreeing to a six month house swap with her transatlantic cousin Corbin Dell. A small London flat for a swanky Boston apartment – seems like a great idea. The stress of the journey is bad enough, but shortly after she arrives, Kate finds her neighbour Audrey Marshall has been found dead, and soon after, it’s definitely classed as murder. Kate needs to find out more about the circumstances of Audrey’s death, but as a stranger in the city who can she trust?
So, what did I think? Her Every Fear is a novel with a simple premise which Swanson has developed into a rich story with genuine panache. As I read the book I quickly realised that Kate is more than a little odd, then I met Alan Cherney – he’s a peeping tom and obsessive, who Kate is instantly attracted to. Surely this is a good clue I thought? Just as I was starting to get my head round all this, I was introduced to her cousin Corbin Dell, and yes, he’s a bit weird too.Read more ›
Swanson is skilled in creating this unease and characters who you really shouldn't sympathise with but end up rooting for. I am normally disappointed when a novel like this reaches the denouement, however, I thought Swanson did a really good job with a fitting ending. I do think I need a year until his next offering to allow my nerves to recover.
The story follows Kate, an English girl who has swapped apartments with Corbin, a distant cousin, and has moved to America for six months. She is has over-come trauma in her past, following an abusive relationship. Kate is still plagued with anxiety and panic attacks. It is a positive step for her to be living abroad and taking a university course. Kate becomes intrigued with the apartment next door to her. A woman has disappeared and is later found dead. The police come knocking on her door. We also have the story narrated by Corbin, a man with a few secrets of his own. What is Corbin hiding? Why is neighbour Alan watching? Is Kate safe or is she right to be slightly paranoid?
Poor Kate! She attracts terrible things. She is an evil psychopath magnet. She is also a victim of her fears. Swanson shows us Kate’s past in microscopic detail and what turned her into this bundle of nerves. It is no wonder she is happy staying in her flat, with the door bolted. Kate’s natural curiosity leads her into the mystery of the girl next door and to a spot of detective work. A murdered girl, who her distant cousin knows. A murdered girl, that Kate needs to find all about. The tension escalates, as we see Kate drawing the creepy attention of others, including a killer. It is ironic, that her worst fears start to materialise. Yes she has a right to worry. Reality kicks her in the teeth. Someone has their sights on Kate.Read more ›
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Interesting idea, and quite well done overall although the characters were a little wooden and the story somewhat florid on occasion. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Loved the fact that it is written from 5 different people's point of view.
Hard to put down. Read more
This thriller led the reader up so many different paths and the finale was certainly not expected. At times it felt a little on the overkill and out of the realms of the real... Read morePublished 3 days ago by craftylady
I was so looking forward to reading this having enjoyed Peter Swanson's previous two books. However I was hugely disappointed with this book - the story of how two men kill... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Alex Crockett
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.
What a page turner
Can't wait for this authors next book.
Read other books by this author and enjoyed them. This wasn't as fast paced but still enjoyable with a believable plot.Published 4 days ago by Catherine Losh
Right from the start Kate, the main character got under my skin, but plodded on hoping she would show some backbone, this never happened. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Christina Brown
I absolutely loved 'The Kind Worth Killing' so I immediately downloaded this one when I saw he'd released a new book.
It was fantastic. Read more
She travels to another country – only to have “Her every fear” realized…
A house swap. Kate Priddy swaps flats with a second cousin she has never actually met, Corbin... Read more