Her Every Fear

Her Every Fear

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 hel...

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Title:Her Every Fear
Author:Peter Swanson
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ISBN:0062427040
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:352 pages

Her Every Fear Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Nov 14, 2016

    I'm always cautious going into a severely hyped up book these days. It seems those are the ones with the most potential to disappoint, as expectations are at their highest. I'm pleased to announce that this book lived up to the hype, but for me it was in a completely different way.

    was an unexpected read for myself based on how it's being marketed. I knew it would be hard to top the author's mega successful thriller

    which swept the genre last year, and I'm p

    I'm always cautious going into a severely hyped up book these days. It seems those are the ones with the most potential to disappoint, as expectations are at their highest. I'm pleased to announce that this book lived up to the hype, but for me it was in a completely different way.

    was an unexpected read for myself based on how it's being marketed. I knew it would be hard to top the author's mega successful thriller

    which swept the genre last year, and I'm pleased to say that his goal seemed to be creating a different beast and showing off his talent in writing something with more emotion as opposed to sheer shock value. This is a book that messes more with the mind than with cheap scare tactics; sometimes I feel these are truly the most haunting of all and the hardest to pull off, but

    does this with the ease of a writer who has been doing so for decades.

    The number one noticeable difference in my expectations vs. the reality of this read is that it is heavily character driven. While this definitely counts as a psychological thriller/domestic suspense, the story was a steady, consistent pace with minimal thrilling action. The meat of this story is getting into the minds and lives of these characters and slowly spiraling down their web of crazy, tragic, and disturbing lifelines. This is not a complaint, just an observation. I felt Swanson did a fantastic job of taking us through this creepy experience, and did so in a different way than most. For example, the reader discovers the murderer(s?) fairly early on at about 40% in. This does take a bit of the mystery factor out of the remainder of the read, but really ramps up the suspense as the heart of this story is the why and how. This was also different in his form of using multiple POVs; the story is told between 4 characters and while most books tend to alternate by picking up and leaving off between various people, this story tells the same scenes from all different viewpoints. I was torn on this method; I really enjoyed getting into the head of each character and feeling like I was tapping into all possible details, but at the same time felt a few parts were repetitive as they didn't really contain varying information. However, the author took a huge chance writing his book this way and for the most part, it works and I applaud him for being so creative and pulling off such a feat.

    -childhood prayer

    If you want to know how well-written this book is, just appreciate the fact that I had to immediately get up upon finishing and check under my bed for monsters. I can't remember the last time I've read a book with such a stand out villain; the particular one I am thinking of was a dark, violent animal who is 100% likable. Immediately my brain went to envisioning the heart of most politicians. Swanson truly captured the sense of these psychopaths who walk among us; we have been shocked in history at some of the most proficient serial killers as they were some of the least likely suspects based on those who knew them personally. These sly devils hide in plain sight and win us over with their charm and manipulation. This aspect of the story is what set

    apart from others of it's kind. Go into this one knowing this is not an action thriller so that you can fully appreciate the finer touches of Swanson's writing and the complex nature it took to pull off a book of this magnitude. I will agree with those who have compared this to a Hitchcock thriller; it does have all the characteristics and I feel like it would make a fine black and white movie. Once again, I'm left even more excited about the next book the author will write and can't wait to see what direction he takes us in! Highly recommended!

  • Linda O'Donnell
    Jan 27, 2017

    So many checkers rolling off this gameboard.

    More on that later.

    Kate Priddy, a young artist, has made the decision to swap apartments with her second cousin, Corbin Dell. Tricky thing is that Corbin and Kate have never met. Trickier yet, Kate will trade her small London apartment for her cousin's upscale Boston digs. The red squares will be sliding over the black squares.

    Trickier even yet, our girl Kate had been held hostage some time before this by a demented boyfriend. Kate trembled and broke d

    So many checkers rolling off this gameboard.

    More on that later.

    Kate Priddy, a young artist, has made the decision to swap apartments with her second cousin, Corbin Dell. Tricky thing is that Corbin and Kate have never met. Trickier yet, Kate will trade her small London apartment for her cousin's upscale Boston digs. The red squares will be sliding over the black squares.

    Trickier even yet, our girl Kate had been held hostage some time before this by a demented boyfriend. Kate trembled and broke down inside a barricaded closet while the boyfriend killed himself outside the door. Since that time, Kate has suffered from severe anxiety attacks and was under the care of a psychiatrist. Just the ticket for deciding to travel way across the pond into the unknown......

    The checkers are stacking up even higher when the body of a young female neighbor is found murdered next door to Kate's new abode. Now that would make one desperate to grab that round trip ticket back to London, immediately if not sooner.

    Kate goes on to meet a young man who lives in an apartment across the way. Alan seems extremely friendly and they click immediately even though he has a quirky habit. She also runs into a red haired man, Jack, who claims to be a good friend of the dead girl. Kate tries to fit the clues together and even suspects her cousin Corbin because of things that she has found in the apartment. So many checkers on the board and so little time.

    If you've read, The Kind Worth Killing, you know that Peter Swanson can spin a good thriller. That book was exceptional. Her Every Fear just didn't cut it for me. Surely there was plenty of the "creep factor" to go around here. Swanson would draw me in with such intense moments and then shut off the valves. There needed to be some plausibility within these characters. It was like being in attendance at a psychopath convention. Ah, those rolling checkers.....and plenty of them.

    Many have rated this one higher. I would encourage you to read this one for yourselves. You may have a completely different experience. Being a Peter Swanson fan, I'll be on the lookout for the next one, though. Only let's play poker with Aces wild.....

  • Brenda
    Feb 10, 2017

    I finished this book last night and prepared a review in my head. This morning, I think I'm just going to say I thought the book was contrived. It had some plot elements that were too convenient, some things that were just too implausible to be believed, and then rehashed the story from a different character's viewpoint. And I'll let it go at that.

  • Elyse
    Sep 29, 2016

    "Life was good" ......or was it?....for Kate Priddy?

    Kate had come to Boston - Her cousin Corbin Dell went to London. They exchanged houses for six months. They were cousins, but had never met.

    As Kate said herself, "Life was good" . And now that she was outside of the apartment, it suddenly seemed ridiculous how much she'd been obsessing about Audrey Marshall's death and Corbin's part in it. If he had been a genuine suspect, the police would have been back to search the apartment again. Yes, li

    "Life was good" ......or was it?....for Kate Priddy?

    Kate had come to Boston - Her cousin Corbin Dell went to London. They exchanged houses for six months. They were cousins, but had never met.

    As Kate said herself, "Life was good" . And now that she was outside of the apartment, it suddenly seemed ridiculous how much she'd been obsessing about Audrey Marshall's death and Corbin's part in it. If he had been a genuine suspect, the police would have been back to search the apartment again. Yes, life was good, and Kate was proud of herself. Kate suffered some past trauma --- suffers with anxiety and occasional panic attacks....yet, she is doing better - mindful of situations which trigger panic episodes and has a few breathing and mantra skills which help her cope. Yes... she's doing good. Life is good. Her first trip in America is an opportunity.

    Just because a woman named Audrey - who lived next door to Corbin- was murdered just before she arrived - doesn't have to interfere with Kate's well being.

    Kate is in Boston on her way to her first day of class on "InDesign". Yep, "Life is Good"....or is it?

    Oh yes...

    There are other characters who live in the apt. building - Carol Valentine, an older woman who is insistent on inviting Kate over for drinks. There is Bob, the doorman,

    Alan Cherney, a quiet, handsome man, and Saunders-the cat who wanders from apt.to apt. Other things to pay attention to: the police, books, windows, draperies, pictures, drawings, relatives....( dead or alive)....friends, bars and pubs. -- and the inner voices of everyone!!!

    As for Corbin Dell??? How is he making out since he left for London??? Wow...

    He's got a story too. He has a past history too -- makes friends also.....

    Is Life Good for Corbin? Hm????

    "JUST READ THIS BOOK"! Grab your favorite warm beverage. Snuggle up --do not touch your phone--enjoy the ride!!!!!

    THIS MYSTERY CRIME THRILLER IS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

    IT's GREAT! GREAT! GREAT! GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

    BEWARE: For those who have been considering exchanging houses with another person in another country --- this novel 'might' have you re-consider those thoughts.

    Thank You William Morrow Publishing, and Peter Swanson

  • Sue
    Jan 12, 2017

    Many thanks to the publisher, Faber and Faber Ltd and Netgalley for granting my wish to read HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson. I was really looking forward to reading this book. I have to admit this is the first book I have read by this author, but I have his debut book “The Kind Worth Killing”, still to read.

    The story follows Kate Priddy, an English girl who has swapped apartments with Corbin Dell, her distant cousin, and has moved to America for six months. Following a brutal attack by her ex-b

    Many thanks to the publisher, Faber and Faber Ltd and Netgalley for granting my wish to read HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson. I was really looking forward to reading this book. I have to admit this is the first book I have read by this author, but I have his debut book “The Kind Worth Killing”, still to read.

    The story follows Kate Priddy, an English girl who has swapped apartments with Corbin Dell, her distant cousin, and has moved to America for six months. Following a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend, and an abusive relationship, Kate needs a new start. She still suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. But a change of scenery living abroad and taking a university course is a positive set in the right direction…or was it?

  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 11, 2016

    Kate suffers from crippling anxiety, a disorder that exploded after a terrifying incident at the hands of an ex-boyfriend. After her cousin Corbin, a cousin whom she has never met, takes a job in London , they agree to exchange apartments, which will bring Kate to the states,,and an opportunity for a new start, The night she moves into Corbin's gorgeous apartment, a young woman is found murdered in the apartment next door.

    While this book was fast paced, caused me to shudder many times, it also c

    Kate suffers from crippling anxiety, a disorder that exploded after a terrifying incident at the hands of an ex-boyfriend. After her cousin Corbin, a cousin whom she has never met, takes a job in London , they agree to exchange apartments, which will bring Kate to the states,,and an opportunity for a new start, The night she moves into Corbin's gorgeous apartment, a young woman is found murdered in the apartment next door.

    While this book was fast paced, caused me to shudder many times, it also caused me to roll my eyes. I found some this book, implausible, overkill, I mean how many psychopaths can be found in one young woman's life? Plus, I found many of Kate's actions did not make sense for a person suffering a severe anxiety disorder. Still, if you are looking for a creepy read, this one is that. Just leave your inner critic at home.

    ARC from publisher.

  • Esil
    Dec 21, 2016

    3.5 stars. I haven't read Peter Swanson's The Kind Worth Killing, but I know that it was much loved by many GR friends. So I was excited to get access to an advance copy of Swanson's upcoming Her Every Fear. Kate trades her London apartment for her cousin's Boston apartment for six months. When she gets to Boston, it turns out that the young woman next door has just been murdered. Life quickly gets complicated and tense for Kate. For the first half or so, my inner voice was excitedly yelling "br

    3.5 stars. I haven't read Peter Swanson's The Kind Worth Killing, but I know that it was much loved by many GR friends. So I was excited to get access to an advance copy of Swanson's upcoming Her Every Fear. Kate trades her London apartment for her cousin's Boston apartment for six months. When she gets to Boston, it turns out that the young woman next door has just been murdered. Life quickly gets complicated and tense for Kate. For the first half or so, my inner voice was excitedly yelling "brilliant". I was taken by the clever atmosphere Swanson created as Kate tried to understand the situation she had landed in. It felt a bit like a modern Hitchcock movie -- very stilted or stylized, but brilliantly so. And then when the author started revealing what was really going on by telling the story from other points of view, I wasn't feeling it quite so much anymore. It's hard to pull off a good psychopath. It's easy to use psychopathy as license for "anything goes". In this case, the set up was fabulous and the concept was good, but Swanson could have delivered a more intriguing and sharply defined psychopath. I really can't say anything more to avoid spoilers. You'll have to decide for yourself. If you don't like too much violence or blood, no worries because this one isn't particularly graphic -- it's all about what's going on in the characters' heads. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.

  • Melissa
    Jan 02, 2017

    A good story that could have been great,

    was plagued with a mediocre ending and way too much repetition. What I did love about it though was the stalkerish vibe oozing off the pages. Is there anything better than a little creepiness to amp up the suspense? Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to stop me from thinking about what could have been. I just wish it had all culminated in a more exciting way.

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    than you know

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    A good story that could have been great,

    was plagued with a mediocre ending and way too much repetition. What I did love about it though was the stalkerish vibe oozing off the pages. Is there anything better than a little creepiness to amp up the suspense? Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to stop me from thinking about what could have been. I just wish it had all culminated in a more exciting way.

    If you’ve read

    than you know

    can write an unexpected and suspense riddled read, while not quite following the traditional arc of a story. He delivered again with this one, but I have to admit, there was something off about the whole thing - especially the characters. Talk about an odd bunch.

    This is a character driven novel at it's core. The story opens with Kate, a woman plagued by anxiety and the ability to turn any situation, in her mind, into a terrifying experience. She has a valid reason for it and for agreeing to swap her London flat with her second cousin Corbin’s apartment in Boston for six months. When Corbin’s next door neighbor ends up brutally murdered within days of Kate’s arrival, it becomes a case of whodunnit. There’s a voyeuristic neighbor, an old college classmate and even Corbin himself vying for prime suspect.

    I want to feel like I know the characters intimately when I’m ensconced in a story. He takes it even a step further and really tries to make the reader understand why these characters are who they are and what makes them tick. Can I just say - this is an awkward bunch. There were a few times they threw me off with their blunt declarations or off the wall questions and antics. I guess it kept things interesting though.

    One of my biggest issues with the story stemmed from the change in perspective. Every time this happened, especially in the last half of the book, the character regurgitated a ton of information in telling their side of things. For me, it dragged down the pace and feel of the entire story.

    Had it been done in a more interesting way, added to the plot or skewed the way the reader saw things playing out, maybe it would have worked.

    My feelings were bouncing all over the place with this one.

    If I’m being honest, it tanked the story for me. For all of the buildup and anticipation in what was to come or what I assumed was to come, it was so lackluster. Blah. Not enough. Weak. Why end things so anticlimactically? And the final few pages were wasted on me - it just didn’t fit the rest of the story. Not one I would consider a new favorite, but still entertaining for the most part.

  • Dianne
    Jan 08, 2017

    I seem to be in a bit of a reading slump. I have all this glorious literature available from the library but I can't seem to get any traction on it. The last couple of books I've read have been thrillers that have been highly entertaining and diverting - just the jolt of adrenaline I've been needing. So imagine my delight when I found Peter Swanson's new thriller "Her Every Fear" in my mailbox last week! MORE MIND CANDY!!! A sugar buzz in book form! I loved Swanson's last book, "The Kind Worth K

    I seem to be in a bit of a reading slump. I have all this glorious literature available from the library but I can't seem to get any traction on it. The last couple of books I've read have been thrillers that have been highly entertaining and diverting - just the jolt of adrenaline I've been needing. So imagine my delight when I found Peter Swanson's new thriller "Her Every Fear" in my mailbox last week! MORE MIND CANDY!!! A sugar buzz in book form! I loved Swanson's last book, "The Kind Worth Killing," so I needed no convincing to put down the tome I had been struggling with to pick up "Her Every Fear."

    And - I really enjoyed it. Not quite up to "The Kind Worth Killing," but still very engaging. I hated to put it down and felt a rush of pleasure every time I picked it up to continue. The story centers around Kate, an English young woman who has a rather severe anxiety disorder which has been exacerbated by a terrible incident with a former lover. Her cousin, Corbin, lives in Boston and suggests an apartment swap with Kate so she can get away from England and he can accept a work assignment in London. They swap, bringing Kate to Boston. Kate has scarcely arrived when her next door neighbor is brutally murdered, bringing anxious Kate into the middle of a very complicated tangle.

    The story unfolds over a very short timeframe, but because there are several narrators who recount the same events through their point of view, it feels much longer. Lots of back story and events, recounted several times by several people - sometimes gets a little confusing. What day is it? Did we just move back in time again?

    For the most part, it worked and I enjoyed it. A solid 3.5 but I will round up to 4 since Swanson successfully got me on the hook and kept me entertained. Just don't think too much and go with it!

    Many thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and HarperCollins for an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  • Deanna
    Feb 08, 2017

    3.5 Stars

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    I am so far behind on the books I want to read. This is my first read from Peter Swanson. I've been wanting to read "The Kind Worth Killing" for a long time, I just haven't gotten to it. But when this book popped up on NetGalley it sounded like something I needed to read right away!

    Kate Priddy lives in London and has decided to switch apartments with her distant cousin Corbin, who is from Boston. The switch will be

    3.5 Stars

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    I am so far behind on the books I want to read. This is my first read from Peter Swanson. I've been wanting to read "The Kind Worth Killing" for a long time, I just haven't gotten to it. But when this book popped up on NetGalley it sounded like something I needed to read right away!

    Kate Priddy lives in London and has decided to switch apartments with her distant cousin Corbin, who is from Boston. The switch will be for six months and after the stress Kate has been under, it sounds like a good idea. She can take classes while staying in Boston as well as do some sightseeing.

    However, she's already wondering if this was such a great idea.

    As the books opens, Kate is already in Boston, stuck in a tunnel under Boston Harbor. Traffic is blocked and she's starting to panic. Panic attacks are not new to Kate and she tries to deep breath to calm herself...

    "Face it. Accept it. Float with it. Let time Pass" is her mantra

    The darkness and the smell reminds Kate of being trapped in another dark place after she was kidnapped and held in a closet. Just when she feels like she's headed for a full flown anxiety attack traffic starts moving.

    She gets to her cousin's apartment and falls in love with the space and the view. A few moments later she hears noises in the hall. A woman is worried about her friend who has not been answering her messages. Kate has a strange feeling that something awful has happened to the woman.

    Now she REALLY feels like she should never have some to America.

    The story was told from multiple points of view. Occasionally the different viewpoints of the same event became repetitive, which was a bit annoying. However, I still enjoyed this book. It held my attention and didn't take more than a few sittings to read.

    I look forward to reading more from Peter Swanson.

    Thank you NetGalley, Faber & Faber, and Peter Swanson for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.