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Peter Swanson

  • BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM
  • (William Morrow, March 2019)
  • by Peter Swanson
  • Bookmedia - Czech Republic
    Einaudi - Italy
    Cappelen Damm - Norway
    Faber & Faber - U.K.

  • Peter Swanson takes the reader on a thrilling ride through insanity and deadly violence, once again employing his signature plot twists that leave the reader breathless and surprised.

     

    Hen and Lloyd are the only newcomers at their neighborhood block party, where they meet Matthew and Mira Dolamore. The two couples, who live next door to each other, strike up a friendly conversation and decide to have dinner together at the Dolamore’s home.  While in Matthew and Mira’s house, however, Hen spies what she believes to be a trophy stolen from a murder victim who was killed not far from her former home in another town.  How could Matthew have this award unless he had taken it from the dead man’s apartment?  She becomes obsessed with the idea that her neighbor is actually a killer rather than just a harmless high-school teacher.  Hen, who continues to struggle with her bipolar disorder, doesn’t have much credibility in the eyes of either the police or her husband—even when another murder is committed, and Hen is sure Matthew is the murderer. She refuses to be swayed from her theory of the crime. Will her persistence lead to the arrest of a murderer or to her own descent into madness—or even her death?

     

    Here is the response to the novel from the U.S. editor at William Morrow, David Highfill:

    “This is brilliant. I love it.  Very twisty, dark, and bone-chillingly creepy. This got under my skin in a new way for one of yours and frankly, by the end, had me enormously relieved that I'd finished and was still breathing. It really shook me, and I'm still marveling at how you did it. The whole thing is gorgeously, stunningly orchestrated.”

     

    And the U.K. editor at Faber & Faber, Angus Cargill, had this to say:

    “Whoa! Great stuff, well done. I really enjoyed it. Brilliantly crafted and constructed, the shifting POVs are great, the reveals spot on. The two late twists both got me and work really well. You really do get to know these characters well, and so it pulls your sympathies and feelings around in very interesting and challenging ways.”

     

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