Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well. Today I’m going to be posting my second blog in my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series (you can find the first one here). In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this new series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson.
Following a brutal attack, Kate Priddy makes the uncharacteristically bold decision of moving from London to Boston – in an apartment swap with her cousin, Corbin Dell.
But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, Audrey Marshall, may have been murdered.
Far from home and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, who can Kate trust?
‘Her Every Fear’ is the only book on my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf that is an ARC. You can find my full review for it here if you’re interested. It was my first introduction to Peter Swanson (I have since read and reviewed ‘The Kind Worth Killing‘), and now I will always make sure I read his future novels!
About the Author
Peter Swanson has degrees in Creative Writing, Education, and Literature from Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife. Swanson is the author of three novels so far.
About the Book
Pages: 352 (Hardback edition)
Release Date: January 2017 (Hardback edition)
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Murder-Mystery.
Average Goodreads rating: 3.75
Author’s other works: ‘The Girl With A Clock For A Heart’ (2014), ‘The Kind Worth Killing’ (2015), and ‘Her Every Fear’ (January 2017).
Themes explored: Mental illness, trauma, murder, addiction.
Favourite character/narrator: Kate – definitely my favourite!
What I liked/overall standout elements:
- I really loved Peter Swanson’s portrayal of mental illness, in particular anxiety, within the protagonist Kate. The illness depicted is authentic and realistic, and many readers could definitely relate to her emotions and feelings throughout the novel.
- The gradual introduction of various characters is skillful and interesting, constantly increasing the levels of entertainment and intrigue. As Kate meets more people in Boston, the case unravels more and more…
- The third person narrative focuses on different characters in different parts of the novel. There are multiple narratives taking place throughout the novel, which all combine at the end to form an almighty climax.
- There are many crime/murder-mystery elements throughout the novel, including the use of body descriptions of the deceased, accounts from detectives and a constant question of “whodunnit”. Swanson’s writing makes it hard to tell exactly who’s behind the crimes – something that kept the interest flowing.
- There are also many thriller/mystery elements throughout the novel, such as the use of red herrings, action-packed scenes and many twists and turns. Much suspense is instigated throughout the novel, provoking the reader to keep reading.
My overall verdict: A must read for lovers of the Crime and Thriller genres!
Happy reading 🙂