Book Review: Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson @PeterSwanson3 @WmMorrowBooks @HarperCollinsCa #BeforeSheKnewHim #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf


PUBLISHER: William Morrow

PUBLICATION DATE: March 5th, 2019


Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a paperback copy of this book to read and review.



Catching a killer is dangerous—especially if he lives next door

Hen and her husband Lloyd have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Hen (short for Henrietta) is an illustrator and works out of a studio nearby, and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. Finally, she’s found some stability and peace.

But when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband’s office shelf. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. Hen knows because she’s long had a fascination with this unsolved murder—an obsession she doesn’t talk about anymore, but can’t fully shake either.

Could her neighbor, Matthew, be a killer? Or is this the beginning of another psychotic episode like the one she suffered back in college, when she became so consumed with proving a fellow student guilty that she ended up hurting a classmate?

The more Hen observes Matthew, the more she suspects he’s planning something truly terrifying. Yet no one will believe her. Then one night, when she comes face to face with Matthew in a dark parking lot, she realizes that he knows she’s been watching him, that she’s really on to him. And that this is the beginning of a horrifying nightmare she may not live to escape. . .



Addictive, gripping, nail-biting! WOW this book was amazing! I found myself hooked from the very first page. The pages turned themselves as I found myself immersed in the storyline wanting to know what would happen next. From one addictive chapter to the next, Swanson takes you on one heck of a ride to the very shocking, twisted end!

Imagine living next door to a couple who you slowly begin to become friends with. They invite you over for supper one evening and you discover something in their house that makes you curious and question if you truly know your neighbours. Well Hen did exactly that, and now curious, she finds herself determined to uncover the truth. But is she right to be suspicious of what she found and question her neighbours, or is it all in her imaginative mind as she finds herself on yet another downward spiral of her mental health? With such an unreliable main character as Hen, this makes for an amazing book as we find ourselves questioning if Hen can truly be believed.

Hen was a very likeable character. She loved her husband and seemed like a very sweet, friendly and sincere woman. I liked her character and enjoyed reading about her determination to uncover the truth about her neighbour whatever the cost. I also liked Hen’s husband Lloyd. He truly seemed to care for his wife Hen and wanted what was best for her.

Without giving too much away this book takes you on a crazy journey, so be sure to strap in tight, you’re about to go on a wild ride! From one shocking twist to another, you’ll find yourself hooked on this book page after shocking page.

This was the first book by Swanson I have read and I enjoyed this book so much I went out and got all of Swanson’s other novels. Make sure you read this book! You’ll absolutely love it!


MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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