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All the Beautiful Lies

Peter Swanson

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?

Critic Reviews

'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.'

Critic Reviews

‘This gripping novel can be devoured in one sitting.’

The Sunday Post
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‘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.’

Thriller Books Journal
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‘This atmospheric, stylish mystery is pure pleasure.’

Deirdre O’Brien, Sunday Mirror & The People
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’A compulsive read.’

Good Housekeeping, 'Thriller of the Month'
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‘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.’

Wiltshire Living Magazine

Peter Swanson’s novels include The Girl With a Clock for a Heart, nominated for an LA Times book award, The Kind Worth Killing, a Richard and Judy pick and the iBooks store’s thriller of the year in 2015, and, most recently, Before She Knew Him. He lives with his wife and cat on the north shore of Massachusetts.

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