Book Review: Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson

Book Review: Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson has become an auto-read author for me and his newest thriller was no exception!

Synopsis:

Abigail Baskin never thought she’d fall in love with a millionaire. Then she met Bruce Lamb. He’s a good guy, stable, level-headed, kind—a refreshing twist from her previous relationships.

But right before the wedding, Abigail has a drunken one-night stand on her bachelorette weekend. She puts the incident—and the sexy guy who wouldn’t give her his real name—out of her mind, and now believes she wants to be with Bruce for the rest of her life.

Then the mysterious stranger suddenly appears—and Abigail’s future life and happiness are turned upside down. He insists that their passionate night was the beginning of something much, much more. Something special. Something real—and he’s tracked her down to prove it.

Does she tell Bruce and ruin their idyllic honeymoon—and possibly their marriage? Or should she handle this psychopathic stalker on her own? To make the situation worse, strange things begin to happen. She sees a terrified woman in the night shadows, and no one at the resort seems to believe anything is amiss… including her perfect new husband.

My Review:

What started out as a typical domestic thriller, Every Vow You Break took a wild turn at the end of the book and I loved every minute of it! With topics of love, marriage, and infidelity, Bruce and Abigail are all set to walk down the isle and then leave for a surprise honeymoon location. However, Abigail is in for the shock of her life!

The character development in this one was just ok, but the plot was great. I would definitely call this a popcorn thriller, it was fun to read and hard to put down. The ending is absolutely bananas, and while I have heard other reviewers mention that it is unrealistic, I viewed it from a metaphorical point of view. I can’t say much more without spoiling it, but I really liked it and what I felt it represented. I will continue to read whatever Swanson puts out!

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

FA81249A-555B-446A-826C-AD78FC55685EWhat you could almost call a ‘cozy mystery’, Eight Perfect Murders is a clever whodunit that I greatly enjoyed reading.

Synopsis:

Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.

My Review:

What book lover doesn’t love a book about books!!?? No one, right? This mystery that revolves around a bookseller’s list of the best eight murders in mystery novels was such a unique take on all of the suspense novels out there right now and I loved it. This one made you think.  It was a very cerebral experience reading this book because the characters are all playing mind games.  There are no gruesome scenes, no unbelievable plot twists.  Just some very smart thinkers piecing clues together.

This was not what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised!  I have only read one other book by Swanson, last year’s Before She Knew Him, so I can’t attest to his style of writing just yet, but I can say that this book was nothing like the suspenseful Before She Knew Him.  If you are looking for a thriller like that, you won’t find it here.  But Eight Perfect Murders is a fantastic classic mystery with strong Agatha Christie vibes.  I loved it and definitely plan to read more from Swanson in the future!