Before She Knew Him

Before She Knew Him

A Novel

Book - 2019
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'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.
Publisher: London :, Faber & Faber,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9780571340651
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 24 cm.


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Mar 19, 2020

An exceptional read.

Nov 19, 2019

Ellie Recommendation

Oct 22, 2019

Unusual...with unexpected twists throughout.

May 21, 2019

Good book...not a 5 star, for me, but it did have a twist I didn't see coming. Tbh, I don't think we ever really know anyone...and thats scary. 4 stars and I'll check out another from this author. Happy Reading!

debwalker Apr 21, 2019

So. Who's crazy? Or more crazy?

ArapahoeChristineS Mar 31, 2019

Oh so clever! Swanson once again delivers a perfect psychological thriller that didn't seem forced or veer into the absurd (well, not much anyways). His writing is fresh, well paced, and surprising. The characters are likeable even when they are bad. This was a delicious page turner. Oh wow, and the twist...(heart emoji)!!!!! I also highly recommend The Kind Worth Killing by Swanson, one of my all time favorites!

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