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  1. says:

    They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret Some seasoned Swanson readers are saying Before She Knew Him wasn t as compelling as his other books Well, that bodes well for me because I found this quite thrilling Speaking of thrills, Before She Knew Him is a thriller, not a mystery, if that distinction is important to you There s no whodunnit because we know almost immediately who did it Instead, the book is at times a game of cat and mouse, at other times a psychological portrait of justice and abuse And I was so deeply sucked into this one that I totally didn t see it coming I feel like maybe I should have.The book mostly switches between the perspectives of Hen, her new neighbour Matthew, and Matthew s wife, Mira After just moving into a new home, Hen and her husband Lloyd attend a dinner party at Matthew and Mira s house All is going well the four of them seem to get along and have chemistry That is, until a tour of the house reveals an object that Hen recognizes An object that stops her in her tracks and makes her feel faint.From then on, Hen is convinced that Matthew is a murderer Hen has had manic episodes in the past, intense paranoia brought on by her bipolar disorder, which have led her to believe people have been trying to kill her So Lloyd is skeptical when she claims that their new neighbour is a murderer Is this a sign her medication isn t working Could what she saw be a coincidence Her imagination Like all good thrillers, in my opinion, this is driven by an exploration of the characters Hen is an artist and the darkness of her work offers a creepy undertone to much of the novel Matthew, too, has a dark past that gradually emerges over the course of the book Hen s digging into Matthew uncovers secrets not only about him, but about her own relationship The whole book is sinister and compelling It also goes to some very dark places and I would caution readers who are sensitive to scenes of graphic violence, rape and abuse to look elsewhere I guess I can add Swanson to my must read list for the future.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


  2. says:

    This book was messed up in the best possible way This is my fourth book by the author and I think it s one of my favorites with The Kind Worth Killing.The twists didn t feel forced, the story flowed nicely and the characters were intriguing.Would recommend


  3. says:

    FIVE STARS UPDATE Happy Book birthday TODAY to this yummy thriller You say Peter Swanson wrote it I say, yes, please, just give me that book I don t even care what it s about If Swanson writes it, I must read it The man creates dark characters caught up in the most clever story lines you will ever come across in this genre.I got no business reading this yet since it doesn t come out for at least three months, BUT I COULDN T WAIT ANY LONGER And now that I finished it, my head is spinning and I just want to read it all over again Very few thriller novels do I ever want to re read, this is one of the first There is such a great twist about of the way in..I did not in a million years see it coming and now I want to go back and look for the clues ISN T THAT THE MOST FUN Look up the term psychological thriller in the dictionary and I m pretty sure Swanson s face will be there He has shown himself to be the true master of this subject with books like THE KIND WORTH KILLING and HER EVERY FEAR What I love about Swanson is he takes a situation like the quiet couple living next door to a nosy neighbor and you think you know what is going to happen But then, he turns that case upside down and heads the characters into a totally unpredictable direction Brilliant So very entertaining for the reader This book could deservedly have been called something like THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, but there have been a slew of neighbor titles and I am glad he went with a different angle Plus, that title is your first clue Hen is an emotionally fragile, young artist She and her husband have just moved to a new house in the suburbs They meet their next door neighbors at a block party and bond quickly as the only two childless couples in the hood While dining at their neighbor s house, Hen spots a fencing trophy in the den This is a problem since it appears to be the exact trophy belonging to a man that had been brutally murdered a few years ago Hen had developed an extreme obsession with the crime since it had occurred in her old neighborhood and the case had never been solved This begins a kind of new obsession in Hen She is convinced her new neighbor is a murderer and she sets out to watch and follow him Did you read THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW I was a tad disappointed with that one This is the book I was hoping that one would have been like SO GOOD AND DELICIOUSLY TWISTED LIKE A PRETZEL.Remember I said Hen is fragile Yes, that makes her an unreliable narrator Yippppppeeeeee But, everyone in this novel is unreliable I wouldn t trust anyone in the bunch That is all you need to know Except this Peter Swanson is the author and you are in capable hands Now, just sit back and enjoy the ride If I ve piqued your interest about Swanson and you have not read all his books, how I envy you There are only a few of them, but each one is an addictive jewel All dark suspense and exquisitely executed You have time to read them all before this newest one comes out next year I highly recommend each one if you are a fan of psychological thrillers Many thanks to the author and Edelweiss for my advance copy All opinions are my own.


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    This was my first book from Peter Swanson, but all his books are on my TBR for ages So, it was a really good start WARNING If you are not familiar with the story, please don t read the blurb nor most of the reviews, because they are full of spoilers Just go in blind, and you will not regret it I just tell you some sneak peek, without any spoilers This book is about two couples who are neighbors Somebody sees something and it will be very dangerous Everything is connected in some ways It is a psychological thriller which has a ton of fucked up characters That s it.It was a fast read I don t have so much time, but I finished it in 2 days It is pretty good for me.The story has great pacing, not too slow, not too fast While I was reading, I thought that I knew every little detail and I didn t really know how it will end, since in the beginning Swanson tells the reader everything Haha, I was wrong The ending was so good I didn t expect it at all It was mind blowing and at the same time it was creepy as hell All characters are screwed up In the whole reading time, I was thinking about who I hate the most Hen made me really angry and her husband drove me crazy I don t like it, at all This is the reason why I gave it just 3,5 stars But the good news is they ignited strong emotions inside me.Peter Swanson s writing style is entertaining, gripping, and so obsessive I couldn t put down his book, even though I read it at nighttime and I was so sleepy.Overall, this was such a good thriller I highly recommend it to everyone who loves psychological thrillers Thank you to Faber and Faber and Netgalley who provided me with an ebook of this book in exchange for an honest review


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    4.25 stars Creepy, Captivating, and a little strange Before She Knew Him has a Rear Window like quality with oddball characters and some huge twists This is an intriguing psychological thriller about the very strange friendship of two neighbors They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret When artist Hen and her husband Lloyd move to a quiet suburb outside of Boston, they are hoping to embrace the quiet life their new town has to offer But their neighbors Mira and Matthew jolt them out of their reverie and draw them into a nightmare.I was disappointed in Swanson s last book, so I was hesitant to read this However, I am glad I did Told from the POV of Hen and Matthew with a few others mixed in , their voices kept me glued to the pages I found the tone of the book to be a little bizarre and cartoonish, but it worked for me The plot is dark and twisted I had no idea how things were going to play out I also was surprised by one of the main twists Overall, this hit the mark it was suspenseful and kept me guessing It was slightly over the top, but, at the same time, completely satisfying I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway


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    I didn t know that blood could jump like that, almost like it wants to leave the human body, get as far away as possible I d read about it, of course, in books, and I d seen it in movies, the way arterial blood will spray But to see it in reality, to see the life of it, that was somethingsomething I can t even express in words Henrietta Mazur will tell you to call her Hen because that is what everyone calls her When people do that to me, force their nicknames on me, I have a tendency to ignore the suggestion, so Hen will be Henrietta for the length of this review, although if I hung out with her, had beers with her, I might have been inclined to call her Henry, but never Hen Why would I call her a chicken anyway She is an artist, specifically a children s book illustrator, who is bipolar and on a host of meds to keep her from becoming manic She is married to a man named Lloyd who seems steady and also attentive to her mental health They have just bought a new house she has moved into a new studio, and all seems right with the world Until the dinner party.Their neighbors Matthew and Mira Dola, also childless like Henrietta and Lloyd in a neighborhood full of breeders, invite them over for an evening of getting to know the new people next door Whenever I see couples with matching letter names, like Matthew and Mira, I think of a conversation I had with one of the local gossips here in town, who smugly told me that married couples with matching letters, hers were Cs, were much likely to stay together She must have felt comfortable confiding this observation to me because my wife and I also have matching letters The Cs were divorced within a year There are no sacred rules, it seems, about happy marriage The dinner party actually went fine The problem comes afterwards when the Dolas are giving Henrietta and Lloyd a tour of their place Henrietta sees something on the mantle over the fireplace in Matthew s office that triggers a whole host of memories, a flurry of overwhelming thoughts, that turn her pale and feeling faint She looks at Matthew and sees.There must be some mistake She can t possibly think this well regarded, mild mannered, school teacher isakiller He does read J D Salinger, which makes him seem a bit suspicious Or is this a manic episode Knowing that she is not a credible witness there was an incident in college that makes anything she says questionable , she has to be sure that her suspicions are correct before she can go to the police She struggles to work on projects, even with deadlines looming I gotta say, from a creative standpoint, if I thought a killer lived next door, I would probably be very unproductive It would be hard to write, standing at the window all day, tracking the movements of my neighbor, binoculars in one hand, an aluminum baseball bat in the other, from morning until night Lloyd is supportive but skeptical Soon a restraining order arrives, courtesy of the Dolas One could say things are getting out of control Following Matthew in the middle of the night is one of those illogical things that, as you read the book, becomes and logical Things are not working out The police are not cooperating they need proof, not supposition to actually condemn someone for a crime Lloyd is becoming and worried and trying to stop her from becoming obsessed Obsession is what leads to her mental meltdowns in the past She can handle Lloyd All she has to do is lie to him Maybe the best way to catch a killer is to become his friend The twists and turns are so unexpected that, if this book were a roller coaster ride, it would be condemned for all the passengers who arrive with broken necks at the end of the ride Peter Swanson lulls me into thinking I know where he is going He gives me a few key reveals, like tossing fish snacks to a hungry seal, and then he starts to unravel all that I thought I knew The killer is at times booted off center stage as we start to discover that there are secrets nestled in behind other secrets Swanson never disappoints His plots are compelling His writing is stylish and cultured He mentions books and actually tells us the authors and titles I find that really annoying when an author writes that a character picks up a book and never tells us what it is A warning to writers a one star deduction for each infraction I also don t like it when I m watching a TV show, and a guy walks up to a bar and says, I ll have a beer No one does that If I am a bartender, and someone walks in and says give me a beer, I m handing him the worse swill on tap Swanson also keeps us informed of what music Henrietta is listening to I queued up the music mentioned and listening to it as I read Moreover, he turned me onto the soundtrack for the movie The Painted Veil, which is actually quite lovely Additionally, Swanson mentions food, such as a tomato and cheese omelet and Mulligatawny stew I was texting my wife and saying, what do you think about having that Saturday morning and this Sunday evening Let s just say I really get into my books, and I really immerse myself in every Peter Swanson His books have settings and situations that, honestly, any of us could find ourselves in Despite the modern settings, there are noirish, 1940s overtones that add a smoky atmosphere and attitude to his scintillating plots You will frequently find yourself, while elbow deep in the plot, thinking to yourself,what would I do if this was me All of his books are terrific They each stand alone so you can read them in whatever order you choose, but the important thing isread them If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    NOW AVAILABLE I find myself saying I should have known this, I should have figured this out , but I didn t and that is one reason that this thriller is a strong read.The characters in this book are certainly all flawed, some mentally ill, but I felt them to still be believable The plot is creepy and at times a little gruesome but if you watch any news or TV dramas you know that people are capable of murder and bizarre killing In the beginning we aren t quite sure what is going on with Matthew and what his motives could be, how can he form a relationship with anyone who thinks he is a killer Hen and Lloyd moved to a small suburb of Boston to live a quieter life and to be close to some renovated buildings that were being used as artists studios Hen is an artist who is known for her rather bizarre, sometimes creepy artwork, in fact she is aware that the disturbing her etchings, the interest they received She has gotten some great contracts for illustrating children s fantasy books but she still likes to do her own thing Hen has been diagnosed with bipolar disease ever since an incident in college She has been consistently taking her medications and feels well until Their new neighbors Matthew and Mira invite them over for dinner and a tour of their home The decorating is quite modern and neutral with the exception of Matthew s office which is dark and full of objects of various kinds, he says that he is a collector of things that just catch his eye But what catches Hen s eye is a fencing trophy that she is sure belonged to a young man, Dustin Miller, who was murdered at her college when she was in school At the time of this unsolved murder Hen is quite obsessed with it and so knows many details about what happened and what was stolen from the victim.Hen can t get this image out of her head and decides to follow Matthew one evening She thinks that he is stalking another victim and even goes to the police but no one will believe her because of her past mental problems Is Hen starting to swing toward her manic state If this isn t strange enough, Matthew invites her to meet with him, he wants to explain himself to her He tells her about the abuse he suffered at his father s hand while he and his brother, Richard, were young The other things that he reveals, well I ll leave that for you to find out While Hen is deciding whether or not to meet with Matthew she is thinking Was there a part of her that was a little bit interested in hearing the details of what he d done She was, after all, being offered something that most people were never offered A look inside someone s mind A look inside a monster s mind Of course anybody would be interested , but would most people agree to meet with someone they felt sure was a murderer This book pulled me in from the first pages, and at times I thought I had things figured out but I was very wrong Lately some thrillers have left me feeling unsatisfied with the plot and characters, but this is definitely a good psychological thriller with mind bending revelations I would recommend this book to lovers of well written thrillers.This was a Traveling Sisters read.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.


  8. says:

    Catching a killer is dangerous especially if he lives next doorOMG I was totally Gobsmacked by that ending The author really fooled me I was not expecting that, it was a big jaw dropping moment I thought it was clever Another crazy thriller that had everything that I love in a thriller.I really loved this book Don t read the blurb, the best way to start this one is to go in blindly.This was a fast paced read.I thought this was just as good as The Kind Worth Killing This was a Traveling Sister read and it was a fun discussion.


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    4.5 stars They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret When I read Peter Swanson s book, The Kind Worth Killing, I was completely blown away I was hooked almost instantly and knew that this was only the beginning Have you ever read an Author and thought why have I never read a book by him her before and when I can get my hands on another of his her books Well, I just got my chance Hen Henrietta and her husband Lloyd recently purchased a home outside of Boston Hen is an artist and works at a studio nearby and is happy that she has found stability and a nice community to live in She has bipolar disorder and is pleased that she has found the right medication for her For once in her life, she feels in control and happy.But during a dinner with her next door neighbors, Matthew and Mira, she notices a sports trophy in Matthew s office that appears to be the one which disappeared from the apartment of a man Dustin murdered in her former neighborhood two years ago Hen is certain that is the dead man s trophy You see, she has been obsessed with Dustin s unsolved murder She knows absolutely everything there is to know about the case.Could her next door neighbor, Matthew be a killer Is Hen on the verge of having a psychotic break During her college years, during a manic episode she became obsessed with proving a fellow student had caused harm and ended up harming the woman in question Hen decides to keep a close eye on Matthew Due to her prior history, no one believes her Even her husband is concerned about her belief that their next door neighbor is a killer Is she right Is she wrong Then Matthew realizes that Hen is watching him one night in a dark parking lot this is when you know things are going to get interesting What will Matthew think about his neighbor following him We get to know as we learn what both Hen and Matthew are thinking This is how you do it I was drawn into this well written book right away As I just stated, this book is well written, and I was captivated right away Ever read a book that is well written but fails to grab you I read one recently and it was disappointing This was NOT the case here This book grabbed my attention, drew me in, and had me glued to the pages screen This book is a journey to the truth Is Hen right Is she wrong I want to say so much but I want to avoid spoilers What I will say is that I appreciated how the Author handled Hen s bipolar diagnosis I cannot stand when people with a mental health diagnosis or those in psychiatric settings are portrayed in a certain way It boils my blood I was happy to see that Hen was never portrayed as crazy , out of control or as acting irrationally She was a woman with a diagnosis who took her medication and enjoyed what she did for a living I thought he showed respect and care with her character in terms of her diagnosis.What I also loved was that I lost track of time while reading this book The story never lagged, and the pace felt spot on All the characters in this book are interesting They all have their quirks and their own secrets Even the killer in this book is likable There I said it, I liked the killer in this book in the killer was a great character type of way This book does not come out for a while but keep your eyes out for this one Fans of Swanson, you will not be disappointed For those who have not read Swanson, check him out Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.Read of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com


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    Before She Knew Him is my second book by Peter Swanson after the The Kind Worth Killing if you haven t read the book, read it NOW Just like The Kind Worth Killing, Before She Knew Him is a dark and suspenseful psychological thriller with several shocking twists.Hen short for Henrietta and her husband Lloyd have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston Invited to a dinner by their neighbours next door, Hen spots a familiar object displayed on the neighbour s Matthew office shelf Soon, she realises that Mathew may not what he seems to be and may have a connection with her past life The Hen observes Matthew, the she suspects he s planning something truly terrifying.Swanson is a master of thrillers set in a normal world, with some twisted characters and an unreliable narrator Before She Knew Him has all the ingredients of such a thriller in a perfect mix Divided in 3 acts, each acts ends with a big twist Though, I was able to figure out the main mystery quite early in story, I still enjoyed how the mystery slowly unraveled in the story I felt the ending lacked a bit of a punch but overall the story was quite good.Apart from the setting, Swanson excels in creating some memorable characters The characters, each with a crucial role in the story every character twisted in some way but as if picked from the people you encounter in real life were all nicely developed Each one seemingly normal on surface but deceptively twisted inside The you know them, the you want to know them I especially liked the characters of Hen Matthew I wish there was some focus on Hen Matthew Having said that, Swanson makes it all work with some excellent writing The story flowed nicely and it never got predictable The twists and turns at unexpected intervals kept the story interesting, right when you think it s getting predictable.Overall, If you like dark thrillers with some twisted characters, you will enjoy this one 3.5 5 Many thanks to the publishers William Morrow Harper Collins, the author Peter Swanson and Edelweiss for the ARC.


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    Before She Knew Him PDF · She Knew Him Kindle a studio nearby, and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder Finally, she s found some stability and peaceBut when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband s office shelf The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago Hen knows because she s long had a fascination with this unsolved murder an obsession she doesn t talk about any, but can t fully shake eitherCould her neighbor, Matthew, be a killer Or is this the beginning of another psychotic episode like the one she suffered back in college, when she became so consumed with proving a fellow student guilty that she ended up hurting a classmate TheHen observes Matthew, theshe suspects he s planning something truly terrifying Yet no one will believe her Then one night, when she comes face to face with Matthew in a dark parking lot, she realizes that he knows she s been watching him, that she s really on to him And that this is the beginning of a horrifying nightmare she may not live to escape."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 309 pages
  • Before She Knew Him
  • Peter Swanson
  • English
  • 04 August 2018
  • 9780062838155

About the Author: Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson is the author of four novels Knew Him MOBI · The Girl With a Clock Before She MOBI :ß For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist The Kind Worth Killing, winner She Knew Him Kindle Ø of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year and his most recent, All the Beautiful Lies His books have been translated into languages, and his stories, poetry, and fe.