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There’s good news and bad news about Peter Swanson’s latest thriller, Her Every Fear. The good news is that this novel is as compelling as his two other mysteries, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart and The Kind Worth Killing, two outstanding mysteries that are reviewed elsewhere on this blog. The bad news is that I’ve finished Her Every Fear and now have to wait a year for another of his incredible thrillers.
Kate Priddy is a twenty-something English woman who suffers from debilitating panic attacks. She’s been anxious and fearful ever since she was a child, although then it seemed there was no rational explanation for these emotions. Unfortunately, for the last five years she has had a good reason for these feelings. At that time she was nearly killed by an ex-boyfriend and suffered a mental collapse. But now Kate believes she’s nearly ready to move on with her life, although the operative word is nearly.
Her American cousin, Corbin Dell, is about to be transferred to London for a six month period, and he writes to Kate’s mother asking for help in finding a flat in the city. Mrs. Priddy suggests an apartment exchange to Kate–Kate would live in Corbin’s Boston apartment while Corbin stays in Kate’s flat. Much to her mother’s surprise, Kate agrees. Although the two cousins have never met or even corresponded before, Kate realizes that to complete her recovery she needs to move away from her parents’ well-meaning but slightly smothering protection and launch her own life. And for Corbin, well, who knows what motivations lie behind his temporary move to London?
As Kate enters her cousin’s building in Boston, another woman walks through the door at the same time. By the time Kate and Carol, a helpful neighbor Kate meets in the building’s lobby, approach Corbin’s apartment, the stranger is knocking on the apartment door opposite. Visibly distraught, the woman tells Kate and Carol that she’s a friend of Audrey Marshall, the woman who is renting that apartment, but that Audrey hasn’t been to work that day nor answered any of her friend’s increasingly anxious texts and calls.
Carol suggests that Audrey’s friend go downstairs to the doorman and ask him to open Audrey’s door. All this is a bit too much for Kate, who decides to leave the two women and go into her cousin’s apartment. Jet-lagged and exhausted, she falls asleep. But later the next day, Kate’s ill fortune appears to have followed her across the Atlantic–the police are knocking on her door to tell her that Audrey Marshall has been murdered.
Peter Swanson is absolutely one of the most gifted mystery writers around. His plot will have you turning the pages of his books faster and faster until you reluctantly reach the last page. His characters are totally realistic, with their strengths and weaknesses the characteristics you see among people you know. He is a master at keeping the tension at a high level, with twists and turns that will keep you spellbound until the end.
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