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Before She Knew Him

Peter Swanson

From Peter Swanson, author of The Kind Worth Killing and All the Beautiful Lies, comes a novel as brilliant, dark, coruscating and surprising as Patricia Highsmith and Ira Levin at their very best

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A Sunday Times and Observer Thriller of the Month

‘Deliciously good . . . Swanson’s best thriller yet.’ Observer

‘Gripping, twisty . . . I could not put it down.’ Alafair Burke

When Hen and Lloyd move into their new house, they’re relieved to meet another childless couple in their neighbourhood, Matthew and Mira.

But when they’re invited over for dinner, Hen thinks she sees something suspicious in Matthew’s study.

Could this mild-mannered schoolteacher really be hiding a dark secret, one that only Hen might know about? And even if she’s right, who would believe her?

Critic Reviews

Deliciously good – dry, intelligent, perfectly paced, there is more than a touch of the Barbara Vines ... This is Swanson’s best thriller yet.

Alison Flood, Observer
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Spot on ... fans of his previous bestsellers won't be disappointed.

Daily Mail
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So smart and exciting ... Brian de Palma, or Hitchcock, were he still alive, would kill for the film rights.

The Herald
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Will keep you gripped through every elegant twist and turn.

Sunday Mirror
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Compelling, creepy, and psychologically astute, this is stylish thriller writing at its very best.

Lancashire Evening Post
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A superb, twisty, disturbing picture of a plausible, charming man who happens to be a psychopath, and the young woman who knows what he is but cannot convince the police of his guilt.

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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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