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Before She Knew Him

by Peter Swanson

Crime / Mystery

Before She Knew Him Synopsis

'They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret.'

When Hen and Lloyd move into their new house in West Dartford, Mass., they're relieved to meet, at their first block party, the only other seemingly-childless couple in their neighborhood, Matthew and Mira Dolamore. Turns out they live in the Dutch Colonial immediately next door.

When they're invited over for dinner, however, things take a sinister turn when Hen thinks she sees something suspicious in Matthew's study. Could this charming, mild-mannered College Professor really be hiding a dark secret, one that only Hen, whose been battling her own problems with depression and medication, could know about? Lloyd certainly doesn't seem to believe her, and so, forced together, Hen and Matthew start to form an unlikely bond. But who, if anyone, is really in danger?

From its deeply unsettling opening, Peter Swanson, the master of contemporary domestic thrillers, fashions a novel as brilliant, dark, coruscating and surprising as Patricia Highsmith and Ira Levin at their very best.

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ISBN: 9780571340644
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571340644
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Peter Swanson
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Peter Swanson

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.

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