All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

All the Beautiful Lies

Harry Ackerson has always considered his step-mother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an “other worldly” way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years.Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it’s suicide. Devastated, he returns to his father’s home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help one another pick up of the pieces of their l...


Details All the Beautiful Lies

TitleAll the Beautiful Lies
ISBN9780062427052
Author
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
LanguageEnglish
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Fiction
Rating

Reviews All the Beautiful Lies

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    1970-01-01
    Each year I look forward to a new Peter Swanson novel as if it's Christmas morning; the build up and anticipation grow steadily until I finally hold that nugget of goodness in my grubby little hands and devour it quickly. And devour it I did. Obviously the downside to this ritual of mine is that I have to face the long, painful wait for another novel, but I think that's a pretty great problem to have, no? Whether you're new to his books or an o...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    1970-01-01
    4 STARSI have a very smart friend that works as a literacy coach for elementary school teachers. Her advice for young students just learning how to tell someone else about a book? Four little words.SOMEBODY WANTED__________.BUT____________.SO_____________.Is that genius or what? I love it. So short and simple, I'm doing it now. Without spoilers of course!SOMEBODY WANTED: (You better hold onto your hats, ladies and gents). There are a few characte...
  • Crumb
    1970-01-01
    A twisted tale of desire, obsession, and deceitI read this book with the traveling sisters group and it certainly enhanced my appreciation for the book. I loved our discussion, and I gained new insight than I would have if I had read the book alone.This book was an excellent psychological thriller. It started off strong, in my opinion. After only the first couple chapters, the book sunk its teeth in me. Like so many other books I’ve read, this ...
  • Meredith
    1970-01-01
    “The world is chaos, and then a detective comes along and restores order. Or he doesn’t, and that’s really my favorite kind of mystery story.”Fast-paced mystery about a young college grad who is drawn into the deceitful web of his beautiful stepmother. All the Beautiful Lies is primarily about Alice, a beautiful realtor whose husband recently died. But even though beautiful, cold Alice appears to be grieving for her late husband, her ste...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    Think it might be time for me to take a psychological thriller break again. They are all blending together, and the plots just seem to darn familiar. Am in the minority in my rating and review for this one, but that has happened before and I'm sure will happen again. Loved the setting, not that many books are set to n Maine and from the descriptions it sounds gorgeous. The rest of the book was rather predictable, easy to guess what was coming nex...
  • Holly B
    1970-01-01
    An engrossing page turner that had me guessing and gasping until the very last page. I had to finish this one and the twists were plenty throughout. I enjoyed the alternating time line of then and now. It follows the story of Harry Ackerson and the phone call he receives from his stepmom Alice that his father is dead. He is told that the police think it is suicide, but Harry is heading home to Maine to sort it out. He will miss his college gradua...
  • Shannon
    1970-01-01
    All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson was an awesome psychological thriller! This is my second read by this author. The Kind Worth Killing was so good I just had to get my hands on this gem. It alternates between then and now with multiple POVs. All the Beautiful Lies was twisted, weird and fun as hell to read. I LOVED it!So what’s it about? Harry has just graduated college when he receives the unfortunate phone call of his life. His father, ...
  • Susanne Strong
    1970-01-01
    2.75 Stars* (rounded up)Well Ho-Hum. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that. “All the Beautiful Lies” is the story of Harry Ackerman, whose father dies right before his college graduation. His father was his best friend and life line and now he’s gone. Having already lost his mother years prior, all he has left is Alice, his step-mother. If Harry is honest, he has always had inappropriate feelings for Alice, she is beautiful, sex...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    Having read all of Swanson’s books, All the Beautiful Lies is almost smack dab in the middle of his oeuvre. It isn’t as compelling as his first two but much better than his last. Then again, I still may be suffering from “grip lit” or thriller burnout and others may find this to be among Swanson’s best. As you can see this is another of “lie” books rather than the formerly popular “girl” books.There is nothing wrong with this no...
  • Kendall
    1970-01-01
    So... I think it may be time to take a break from psychological thrillers. This was my first read by Peter Swanson. I feel like all these thrillers are blending together especially with "lie" in the titles... oh my goodness! I think "lie" has replaced the "girl" titles from last year. I do have to say that this was a very easy read! I finished this in a couple days! But, easy doesn't necessarily mean excellent plot.....All the Beautiful Lies was ...
  • JanB
    1970-01-01
    I very much enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing and was eagerly awaiting this newest release.The setting is Maine, and the story revolves around recent college grad Harry who goes back home after the unexpected death of his father. The publisher's blurb is the perfect description: "...a diabolically clever tale of obsession, revenge, and cold-blooded murder—a sly and brilliant guessing game." Add in a femme fatale stepmother and questionable identit...
  • Kaila
    1970-01-01
    "People hate to see other people happy. Remember that." I'd heard nothing but great things about Peter Swanson's writing since I decided to read All the Beautiful Lies this month, and while it might be my first novel from him, I could tell very quickly that it certainly won't be my last.We follow Harry Ackerson as he returns home from college and attempts to unravel the truth behind his father's unexpected death. In doing so, he stumbles upon se...
  • Dorie
    1970-01-01
    In over four years of writing reviews I’ve never given a book 1*. Usually I will know when a book is not right for me and send a note to the publisher and don’t continue on with the book, therefore I don’t write a review. However in the case of “All the Beautiful Lies” I continued to read the book to 75% to see if there was any way that I might be missing something since there were quite a few high ratings for this book. Here is what I ...
  • Heidi
    1970-01-01
    Ever since reading The Kind Worth Killing and Her Every Fear, Peter Swanson has been on my list of authors whose books are must-reads before they have even been written. Imagine my happy-dance when I found out that I had been granted and ARC of All The Beautiful Lies, one of my most anticipated new releases in 2018 (thank you to Edelweiss)!Swanson’s engaging writing style sucked me in immediately, and I contently settled into what I hoped would...
  • Janel
    1970-01-01
    All the Beautiful Lies is a memorising read; narrated in the “now” by Harry and the “then” by Alice, I was eager to know how everything connected, seeing the foundation for the future that was laid by the past.You can rely on Swanson to deliver a twisted thriller that is so beautifully written and reads fluidly. And what’s more twisted than desire and obsession within the family. Alice’s perspective is an account of her younger days, ...
  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    1970-01-01
    I'm going to differ to the original synopsis here on this one, because I have typed and backspaced multiple times and keep staring at my screen trying to figure out what I can say that will not qualify as a spoiler. This is one of those novels that the twists and turns and lies start to unravel fairly quickly in the beginnings of the plot, making it tricky when someone asks you "hey, what was that book about?". Just trust me. It's a great read!In...
  • Sarah Swann
    1970-01-01
    Loved this! It was a great mystery and I really had no idea which way it was going to go. There were a few little twists and turns that were great. There was also surprisingly a big disturbing topic in here. I enjoyed that plot line and thought it added so much to the story and explained a lot about the characters. Alice was so interesting to me. She was very complex. The only thing that bothered me was that there were a few characters who seemed...
  • Robin
    1970-01-01
    This is a tightly written and solid entry in the ever prolific sub-genre of psychological suspense thrillers. Swanson is a master at ratcheting up the tension and ending with a big punch. For me it didn't rank quite as high as his earlier book, THE KIND WORTH KILLING, but it's well worth the time it takes to read, and it won't take long as it's very "unputdownable." Watch for this is you are a fan of authors Claire Mackintosh, B. A. Paris, and OK...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsI'm a huge fan of Peter Swanson. I started with The Kind Worth Killing and then Her Every Fear, both that I loved but Her Every Fear being my favorite of the two. And that doesn't change with the entrance of this one. What Swanson does is give you a full on story for the first 75 percent of the book or so, and then brings in Part 2, where the twists come to life and play with your head.The subject matter may not be suitable for some read...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    This is one of those books where I feel like the synopsis doesn't really describe the book that accurately. It didn't bother me much, though, in this case because I found the book to be much better than what the synopsis makes it sound like. Full review to come.
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    I finished reading this book a week ago and although I wrote down a synopsis of the plot as well as my first impressions, I have forgotten it. Now this is a psychological thriller. It is supposed to have you at the edge of your seat, always guessing what happens next, dizzy from its twists and turns. Don’t get me wrong. Overall, I thought All the Beautiful Lies was a good story. Unfortunately it was too easy for me to figure out whodunit. I als...
  • Patty
    1970-01-01
    All The Beautiful LiesByPeter SwansonWhat it's all about...Harry just graduated from college...he is called home due to the sudden death of his father. Harry heads home to Maine to Alice...his father's second wife...to his father's big house and to his father's bookstore. Harry has uneasy feelings from the moment he arrives in Kennewick...Alice is acting odd, there is a strange girl at his father's funeral and the circumstances around his father'...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    Another excellent and complex thriller from Swanson, who excels at writing incredibly rich female characters that just border on psychopathic and providing unexpected and satisfying twists.When Harry's bookseller father dies suddenly, he returns home to Maine to comfort his stepmother Alice. Through alternating chapters of now -- Harry's time -- and then, when Alice was a young woman, we more about Alice's past and increasingly become aware that ...
  • Tamara
    1970-01-01
    Review to come.Quick thoughts:Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies everywhere in this book. Kept me glued to my Kindle!
  • KC
    1970-01-01
    Peter Swanson is a master of the psychological thriller genre and in this latest novel it is reflective of his creative storytelling. Harry is about to graduate from college when his dad ends up dead. Arriving at his home in Maine, Harry is greeted by his beautiful stepmother, about 15 years his dad's junior. Although it appears at first his father took his own life, Harry discovers he was murdered. With little to go on and theories mounting, Har...
  • Jo
    1970-01-01
    Twisty and delightful. Things I have come to appreciate about Peter Swanson novels. I definitely will read more of his work.
  • Megan Luker (Page After Page Book Blog)
    1970-01-01
    Have you ever been the only person who just wasn't feeling that book that everyone else rated so high? It makes you feel as if you read a completely different book as them. That's how I felt while reading All the Beautiful Lies. If you follow our blog, then you already know I'm a huge fan of Swanson's work. He writes the perfect thriller that leaves you in awe after you've finished, often ending with that final line that sticks with you long aft...
  • Sarah Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    Pros:THE PLOT TWISTCAN'T STOP READINGMasterfully craftedComplex charactersGot me out of a reading slumpCons:Starts off slowHarry is a dull characterControversial topicMediocre writingUnnecessary details"It's gross, Alice. You're a young, beautiful girl, and you let that fucking creep have his way with you."This quote is the only way I feel I can accurately describe this book. Peter Swanson is great at what he does. He had me guessing and second-g...