All the Beautiful Lies
In a dark and brilliant guessing game of a novel – evoking Patricia Highsmith and Agatha Christie – Peter Swanson once again displays his unique gift for lovingly reprising and refreshing mystery writing’s greatest tropes.
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‘He’s the real deal…’ JOE HILL
‘Another read in one sitting from the best-selling Swanson.’ METRO
‘A brilliantly original premise, delivered with panache.’ CLARE MACKINTOSH
On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his step-mother Alice, to their house on the Maine coast, following the unexpected death of his father.
But who really is Alice, his father’s much younger second wife? In a brilliant split narrative, Peter Swanson teases out the stories and damage that lie in her past. And as her story entwines with Harry’s in the present, things grow increasingly dark and threatening – will Harry be able to see any of it clearly through his own confused feelings?
'Crammed with twists, turns and duplicity galore, Swanson’s fiendishly clever thriller gets the brain cells ticking over nicely...The narrative, split between Harry’s present and Alice’s salacious past, soars to a nerve-shredding finale that will leave you gasping.'
‘This gripping novel can be devoured in one sitting.’
‘As Swanson’s previous novels have, All the Beautiful Lies has a very rich texture which the reader gets to see only gradually, so cleverly it is disguised. It is painstaking work by Swanson: I can imagine him chiselling at the rough outline of his work, peeling away all that’s superfluous and chipping out the unnecessary, leaving enough kinks in the work so that some parts of it are initially hidden from the readers’ view, only to be revealed by a sudden, small shift in perspective.’
‘This atmospheric, stylish mystery is pure pleasure.’
’A compulsive read.’
‘A story with a hint of Hitchcock and Highsmith, this is a dual narrative that creeps up on you by stealth, until you find yourself completely hooked.’
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