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Peter Swanson - Author

About the Author

Peter Swanson's debut novel, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (2014), was described by Dennis Lehane as 'a twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride' and in the Observer as 'very hard not to read in one sitting'. He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Featured books by Peter Swanson

Every Vow You Break

Every Vow You Break

Author: Peter Swanson Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/03/2021

The exceptionally twisty - and twisted - new thriller from the author of Rules for Perfect Murders After a whirlwind, fairytale romance, Abigail Baskin marries freshly-minted Silicon Valley millionaire Bruce Lamb. For their honeymoon, he whisks her away to an exclusive retreat at a friend's resort off the Maine coast on Heart Pond Island. But once there, Abigail's perfect new life threatens to crash down around her as she recognises one of their fellow guests as the good looking, charismatic stranger who weeks earlier had seduced her at her own Bachelorette party...

Her Every Fear

Her Every Fear

Author: Peter Swanson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2017

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Swanson's follow up to the gripping and dark The Kind Worth Killing is equally suspenseful although its characters are less obviously twisted at first sight and sports a Rear Window Hitchcockian feel to it that quickly grips you and forces you to read into the night. A London art student, still traumatised by a terrible past encounter, swaps flats with a distant cousin and moves to Boston where she gradually begins to interact with other tenants and occupants of her building as an investigation into a murder in a nearby apartment gets under way. Fragile, emotional, Kate Priddy appears, initially, to be the perfect victim-in-waiting but Swanson cleverly deflects the cliches and paces the revelations until almost all who surround her are tainted by suspicion, and the action swings between Boston and London and fear grips in a vice. Edgy all along and builds to an explosive climax. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

eBooks of the Month
The Kind Worth Killing

The Kind Worth Killing

Author: Peter Swanson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015. Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. US author Swanson confirms the promise of his excellent debut The Girl with a Clock for a Heart with an oustanding suspense tale that will be vying for awards by the end of the year. Beginning, Highsmith and Hitchcock-style, with two strangers meeting on a plane and, jokingly plotting the murder of an unfaithful wife, this quickly veers into deeply dark territory with heartstopping twists you just don't see coming and the wicked portrait of an anti-heroine with a soul of glass and a surfeit of concealed evil, the likes of which you will be both seduced and appalled by, and a memorable creation in the annals of villainy to put alongside Amy of GONE GIRL fame. To say this is gripping is an understatement, a perfect thriller that will haunt your nights and days forever, and the sort of novel that renews your love for crime fiction. Maxim Jakubowski's February 2015 Book of the Month. Sarah Broadhurst's view... A dual-voiced psychological thriller jumping between Ted and Lily.  Ted’s wife is being unfaithful and he dreams of killing her and her lover.  Lily is happy to do it for him.  They met at Heathrow when their flight was delayed, drunk perhaps a tad too much and then opened up their hearts.  We, the reader, learn that Lily, aged 9, believed the next-door neighbour had sexual desires for her.  Aged 14 (a few sections later) she kills him and drops his body down the disused well.  Jump to Ted’s domestic problems and Lily’s thirst for blood returns.  This is fast-paced, cinematic stuff.  Will she, won’t she, can she get away with it and what will happen next?  Truly suspenseful and chilling stuff.

eBooks of the Month
Kind Worth Killing

Kind Worth Killing

Author: Peter Swanson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015. Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. US author Swanson confirms the promise of his excellent debut The Girl with a Clock for a Heart with an oustanding suspense tale that will be vying for awards by the end of the year. Beginning, Highsmith and Hitchcock-style, with two strangers meeting on a plane and, jokingly plotting the murder of an unfaithful wife, this quickly veers into deeply dark territory with heartstopping twists you just don't see coming and the wicked portrait of an anti-heroine with a soul of glass and a surfeit of concealed evil, the likes of which you will be both seduced and appalled by, and a memorable creation in the annals of villainy to put alongside Amy of GONE GIRL fame. To say this is gripping is an understatement, a perfect thriller that will haunt your nights and days forever, and the sort of novel that renews your love for crime fiction. Maxim Jakubowski's February 2015 Book of the Month. Sarah Broadhurst's view... A dual-voiced psychological thriller jumping between Ted and Lily.  Ted’s wife is being unfaithful and he dreams of killing her and her lover.  Lily is happy to do it for him.  They met at Heathrow when their flight was delayed, drunk perhaps a tad too much and then opened up their hearts.  We, the reader, learn that Lily, aged 9, believed the next-door neighbour had sexual desires for her.  Aged 14 (a few sections later) she kills him and drops his body down the disused well.  Jump to Ted’s domestic problems and Lily’s thirst for blood returns.  This is fast-paced, cinematic stuff.  Will she, won’t she, can she get away with it and what will happen next?  Truly suspenseful and chilling stuff.

eBooks of the Month
The Girl With A Clock For A Heart

The Girl With A Clock For A Heart

Author: Peter Swanson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

In a Boston bar, George Foss catches sight of a woman from his past, someone he has been trying to forget ever since, as much in love with as in dread of her. When she asks for his help, he is unavoidably drawn into a dizzying maelstrom of intrigue, crime and violence which soon proceeds to destroy his life, piece by piece, day by day. Grown up man seduced into depths of deception by a femme fatale is not a new theme by far, but this modern variation has all the pace of the best genre movies and proves a landslide of emotions, red herrings, colourful villains and breathless action. Betrayal sits on every corner, and beware of women who are both beautiful and not what they seem. Why do men never learn the essential lessons?

eBooks of the Month
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart

Author: Peter Swanson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

In a Boston bar, George Foss catches sight of a woman from his past, someone he has been trying to forget ever since, as much in love with as in dread of her. When she asks for his help, he is unavoidably drawn into a dizzying maelstrom of intrigue, crime and violence which soon proceeds to destroy his life, piece by piece, day by day. Grown up man seduced into depths of deception by a femme fatale is not a new theme by far, but this modern variation has all the pace of the best genre movies and proves a landslide of emotions, red herrings, colourful villains and breathless action. Betrayal sits on every corner, and beware of women who are both beautiful and not what they seem. Why do men never learn the essential lessons?

eBooks of the Month
Before She Knew Him

Before She Knew Him

Author: Peter Swanson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2020

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?