Her Every Fear

  • by Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by Eva Kaminsky
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The author of the wildly popular The Kind Worth Killing returns with an electrifying and downright Hitchcockian psychological thriller - as tantalizing as the cinema classics Rear Window and Wait Until Dark - involving a young woman caught in a vise of voyeurism, betrayal, manipulation, and murder.
The danger isn't all in your head.
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 help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.
But soon after her arrival at Corbin's grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers and many questions of her own - curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey's. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey's place, yet he's denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman's old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London.
When she reaches out to her cousin, he proclaims his innocence and calms her nerves, until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment - and accidently learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? And what about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn't sure. Jet-lagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination full of dark images caused by the terror of her past, Kate can barely trust herself. So how could she take the chance on a stranger she's just met?
Yet the danger Kate imagines isn't nearly as twisted and deadly as what's about to happen. When her every fear becomes very real.
And much, much closer than she thinks.
Told from multiple points of view, Her Every Fear is a scintillating, edgy novel rich with Peter Swanson's chilling insight into the darkest corners of the human psyche and virtuosic skill for plotting that has propelled him to the highest ranks of suspense, in the tradition of such greats as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Patricia Highsmith, and James M. Cain.

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What the Critics Say

"Like all good psychological thrillers, this one keeps listeners on edge.... Swanson's story is compelling. [Narrator Eva] Kaminsky brings it all to life - the fear and panic and the tenuous nature of trusting ourselves and others." (AudioFile)

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Sometimes the Narrator Elevates the Story

I have GOT TO STOP buying into this irritating rash of 'clever modern thrillers with a twist' a'la 'Gone Girl'. They are not clever and not thrilling. The heroine of Her Every Fear makes some astonishingly stupid choices while writer Swanson tries unsuccessfully to support the pathology behind those choices.

Narrator Eva Kaminsky's superb style and perfect pacing propelled me through what - in other hands- might easily have been a 'return unread'.

I'm going back to Tey, Hightower, Levin, Vine, Rendell; writers who knew how to twist the knife (and the plot).

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- Bette

3/4 of book was interesting enough

I wasn't expecting anything as good as 'The Kind Worth Killing' (One of the best books I ever listened to) but I still felt like this book didn't meet the expectations I had. The book had promise for awhile - But I feel like there is an ingredient missing. Like someone left the salt out of the stew. Writing from a vantage point of 3 or 4 characters perspective can be okay - But I think the last part of the book over did it. By the end - I literally forwarded the audio book through the last bit of regurgitation to find out what happened. I thought the ending could have been better - Darker. I have an idea how the book should have ended in my opinion - But But who am I - Right?

For what its worth, J
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio