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Peter Swanson Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kind Worth Killing (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Her Every Fear (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Beautiful Lies (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Before She Knew Him (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eight Perfect Murders / Rules for Perfect Murders (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Vow You Break (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Peter Swanson is a bestselling author best known for writing The Kind Worth Killing and Her Every Fear. He was a finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award for The Kind Worth Killing and that book was also the winner of the New England Society Book Award. He was also decorated for Her Every Fear which was named as an NPR book of the year.

Swanson has been working on his craft for a long time and it was awhile before he was published. He wrote fiction for ten years of his life before an agent read a short story of his online and agreed to represent him. That meeting ultimately lead to Swanson getting a book deal and his first book, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart being published in 2014.

In addition to writing novels, Swanson also writes stories, features, and poetry. He has had his writing appear in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine.

Peter makes his home on the North Shore of Massachusetts with his wife. He has spent a good portion of his life in the Northeast area of the United States as he also attended college in the area. During his collegiate career, Swanson graduated from Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College.

The Girl With a Clock for a Heart was Peter Swanson’s debut novel. The book is a bit of a romantic noir with hints of Alfred Hitchcock. It was quickly optioned for a film upon release.

The story of The Girl With a Clock for a Heart starts on an ordinary Friday night when George Foss has his predictable life shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar. The woman is Liana Dector, George’s first love, who has been missing for twenty years. She’s someone that he’s never been able to forget and she just might be a killer who is wanted by the police. Now, she is here looking for George’s help from some dangerous men who are after her.

George knows that this woman is trouble and that he should run the other way, but he could never say no to her and isn’t about to start now. He makes the choice to help which sends him into a world of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder which he might not be able to get out of.

Swanson returned with The Kind Worth Killing, which drew comparisons to great books like The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

The book begins with Ted Severson on a night flight from London to Boston On his flight, he meets a beautiful woman named Lily and the two of them go on to share quite a few drinks and start to play a game of truth or dare.

The alcohol and the game leads to them revealing a lot of details to each other, with Ted admitting that his marriage is going stale and he believes that his wife is cheating on him. As Ted starts to spill, he admits that they are not right for each other and says that he could kill his wife for what she’s done. It’s a dark thing to say, but Lily is okay with it and offers to help him to do it.

When they return to Boston, the two grow closer together as they begin to plot their crime. However, there are some things that Ted doesn’t know about her, namely that this is not her first experience in the art of murder, and Ted finds himself in a game of deadly cat-and-mouse with his co-conspirator.

Her Every Fear focuses on Kate Priddy and her cousin Corbin Dell. Kate has always been a bit neurotic and struggled with anxiety throughout her life. She’s living in London as an art student and is excited when her cousin Corbin offers to swap apartments with her temporarily. He lives in Boston and she is in London so the switch is a nice change of scenery for her.

However, upon her arrival she is shocked to learn that her cousin’s neighbor has been murdered. The police question her about her cousin and Kate is left shaken. She now has more questions than answers.

Another neighbor, Alan, tells her that he often saw Corbin head to the woman’s apartment. Despite the fact that Corbin claims he did not know her. Another man, claiming to be the woman’s boyfriend, says that Corbin killed her on the same night that he left for London.

She contacts her cousin who gives her reasons to believe he’s innocent and briefly calms her nerves. Only to soon learn that he wasn’t being truthful and finding items in the apartment that point to him being the killer. She doesn’t know who to trust or what to believe, but will find herself in a twisted and deadly position that is worse than she could’ve feared.

Swanson is also the author of Every Vow You Break. Abigail Baskin never thought she would marry a millionaire, but that is exactly what is happening now that she has met Bruce Lamb. He’s a kind man and a refreshing twist on her past.

Abigail makes a mistake on her bachelorette weekend, having a drunken one-night stand. She regrets it, but puts it behind her as she knows that she really wants to be with Bruce for the rest of her life. The man is not ready to put it behind him though and turns up on her honeymoon, insistent that what they had is the start of something real. She’ll need to get rid of this insistent stalker before he ruins her idyllic marriage.

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