The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon

The Real Michael Swann

In a new novel from New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon, a suburban family is rocked in the wake of a terrorist attack on American soil.On a typical late summer day, Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband, Michael, when the call abruptly goes dead. Then the news rolls in: A bomb has gone off at Penn Station, where Michael was waiting for a train home. New York City is in a state of chaos.A frantic Julia races to the city to look...

Details The Real Michael Swann

TitleThe Real Michael Swann
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
GenreThriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Real Michael Swann

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "I move, I thought. Therefore, I must live."This was one emotionally charged and powerful story, one that is well needed in this age of fear mongering and social media. The heavy handed digital footprint expounded upon in this story was so well done and it's one I'll be thinking about for quite some time. The premise of the novel depends on you, the reader, going in without any prior knowledge of the plot, so I'll just leave it at yes, you should...
  • Carrie
    Michael and Julia Swann had gone through some big changes in their lives but were both loving parents that would do anything for their boys. As Julia waits for Michael to come home from the city one evening after a job interview she gets a call from him that the station had been closed and he wasn't sure how or when he'd get home. The next Julia knows she hears that a bomb had exploded in the city just after the call had dropped with her husband....
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    4.5 Stars!Thank you to Dutton books for sending me an ARC of this book!Wow! This was my first book by Bryan Reardon and I'm happy to say I will be a fan for life. This book was really fantastic and touched on a few different topics during it's story.The book starts out with someone (and we don't know who) in therapy and they are watching a video of themselves in Penn Station. It's a grainy video but all of a sudden it starts to shake and it goes ...
  • Stacey Camp
    **5 Goodreads Stars**A mysterious man sets a forest aflame next to a railroad, diverting oncoming trains back to a train station. Not much later, a man wanders into the same train station with a briefcase full of explosives. A few minutes later, the train station is blown to pieces, leaving thousands of people dead and injured. What happened that fateful day? Who is responsible for the killings? Bryan Reardon's  The Real Michael Swann centers o...
  • Amy
    The premise for this one strikes a cord because it reads like something that could actually happen, similar things have happened, and nothing is more frightening than fiction becoming reality, especially in terms of terrorist attacks. This is part thriller part domestic suspense with moments of poignancy as Julia and Michael’s marriage is examined under a sharp lens and part heart pounding action thriller as the race to find Michael intensifies...
  • Marjorie
    Michael Swann, who is in New York City, is talking to his wife Julia on his cell phone. The phone call goes dead and Julia learns that a bomb has gone off. Julia rushes out to the car and tries desperately to get into the city to find Michael but is stopped by police barricades. She keeps trying to text and call Robert but there’s no response. Then developments are revealed by the news media that prove devastating to Julia.I thought this was a ...
  • Patricia
    When a terrorist strikes a NYC subway, a terrifying string of events occur to the Swann family. I really loved this novel and would give it 4.5 stars. I highly recommend the reading of THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN to all!
  • Faith
    Michael and Julia Swann are talking on the phone, while he is waiting for a train home from Penn Station, when a bomb explodes. The rest of the book is told in alternating chapters by the injured Michael, who feels the need to run away for reasons he does not understand, and Julia who is desperate to find her husband. There are flashbacks to how the couple originally got together and there is some discussion about white middle class dissatisfacti...
  • Dave
    The Real Michael Swann is a study of a married couple separated by a terrorist bombing at Penn Station which leaves Michael wandering around with amnesia and Julia home with the kids desperately trying to figure out what happened to Michael. It is a study of their emotions and their frustration. Don't think of this as a thriller. It isn't. It is rather slow moving and kind of like viewing the world through a fishbowl.
  • Lindsay
    Thank you to Dutton books for sending me a free copy of The Real Michael Swann in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband Michael when the call goes dead. She finds out that a bomb has gone off at Penn station where Michael was waiting for a train home. Julia launches into a frantic search for her husband. Leaving her kids in the care of a neighbor she goes to the city to look for him. S...
  • Debbie Oxier
    Wow! I've read both of Mr. Reardon's books and he's hit home runs both times. With Finding Jake I felt like he'd wrung every bit of emotion out of me by the time I reached the end. In this one, I thought I'd guessed the ending only to be hit with a huge twist I never saw coming instead. I was hooked on this one from the get go. I liked the characters for starters. Julia Swann had everything she wanted - a loving husband, two beautiful children, a...
  • Lauren
    The thrillers I've read recently have left me feeling incredibly underwhelmed. Given the intriguing synopsis of THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN, however, I had high hopes that this would be the game-changer, something that would finally dazzle me. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, as THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN wasn't the book for me. I didn't find it particularly exciting. I was able to see the big twist coming from miles away, and it also didn't help that...
  • Verushka
    What is this about?: In the aftermath of an explosion at Penn Station Julia races to find her husband in its aftermath.What else is this about?: The Real Michael Swann is a love story, and it’s all about Julia and Michael Swann.Stars: 3.5I am torn about this one.I think it’s one of those books with two excellent halves, that I’m not entirely sure meld well enough together – but having said that, I will also say I had my heart in my mouth ...
  • Sue
    This is my first book by Bryan Reardon but it certainly won't be my last. I spent most of the day yesterday reading The Real Michael Swann - once I started it, I couldn't put it down. It's a tense drama and a story about love within a family and friends. This is one that you don't want to miss!Julia is on the phone with her husband Michael who wanted to let her know that trains out of Penn Station were being delayed. When the call gets dropped, s...
  • Jessica
    4/5 stars - full review to follow
  • Katie B
    Julia Swann is at her suburban Pennsylvania home talking on the phone with her husband, Michael, when the phone goes dead. A bomb goes off at Penn Station where Michael has been waiting to catch a train ride home. Seeing horrific images of the chaos on the news and unable to get a hold of Michael, Julia is desperate to find him. But just when she thinks her prayers are answered and Michael is alive, she starts to question if she really knew her h...
  • Jillian Doherty
    With heart pounding suspense, and terrifyingly realistic scenarios, this story tells the tale that is only too plausible today; Julia has a bad feeling when her husband's call disconnects, to only have her worst fears met- an explosion in NYC shatters their lives in seconds. She races to find him only to be told he was the one behind it… Try to imagine the person you love most and then think of what it would feel like to be told he was a terror...
  • Johanna Sawyer
    Thanks to firsttoread for a copy to read and review. My first thought is Wow....after finishing this book and blubbering through the last chapter. I wasn't prepared for such an epic read, and I think I'm still reeling from the shock of it. Five stars of entertainment of course and this is not a regular kind of read for me. I may need to buy a copy of this to share with friends it was so good. ******************************************* So this b...
  • Emily
    3.5⭐I really enjoyed some parts of The Real Michael Swann, and then I wasn't crazy about others. I think the book starts off well - it's suspenseful & intriguing, and I was turning pages quickly to find out what happened.I quickly figured out what was going on, and the rest of the book was pretty predictable for me. I feel like too many clues were given away, or maybe I've just read too many mysteries. I don't know. I ended up being pretty disa...
  • Karen Parisot
    A combination love story and twisty thriller, The Real Michael Swann ventures into the dark side of humanity. Cleverly plotted the novel alternates between the two main characters and between the present day and flashbacks of the past. There’s a palpable sense of love and loss throughout the entire book. Towards the end of the story, one of the characters shares some meaningful insight into fear and hate that is ever so relevant to the times. I...
  • Shelley
    WOW! This story has a very strong narrative drive, with a fluid writing style, and a few unexpected twists.  The book is cleverly plotted, thoughtful and unsettling...and that, my fellow readers, is a very good thing. I loved it!
  • Jim
    This book was one of those hard to put down, a real page turn with all kinds of twist and turns. I won this book on a give away on Goodreads.
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- In a new novel from New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon, a suburban family is rocked in the wake of a terrorist attack on American soil.On a typical late summer day, Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband, Michael, when the call abruptly goes dead. Then the news rolls in: A bomb has gone off at Penn Stat...
  • Mainlinebooker
    Set in NYC and my neighboring area, I couldn't wait to delve into Reardon's book, especially since I adored his previous novel Finding Jake. When a bomb goes off in Penn Station, Julia Swann is terrorized that her husband may not be alive as he was taking a train home from work. Overcome with anxiety she tries to drive to the area to see where he might be. No matter how much she tries his cell phone there is no answer. But then, the news begins r...
  • Dee P
    An unexpected surprise with this disaster narrative! I was sent this book from Dutton as an Advanced Reader Copy. A love story, weaved between tragedy. I really enjoyed this fast-moving thriller. The ending was twisty and not at all what I was expecting, and I loved that! I found myself skimming around the middle, getting frustrated with the wife's pursuit of her husband, who keeps conveniently missing her calls ("ANSWER THE PHONE! " was what I w...
  • Jessi Brewer
    The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon is a novel that is utterly chilling in its realistic prose. It is not only the unthinkable experience of one family, but a rather bleak reality of our times, that leaves no one unscathed in its wake.Not the community the family lives in, the east coast, the whole of the U.S., and definitely not the reader experiencing this harrowing tale. When a bomb goes off in Penn station the world of Michael Swann, his ...
  • Jenn
    From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosperI want to thank Dutton Books for sending me this read in exchange for my honest review.Julia is outside with her children hanging out with the neighborhood moms when she calls her husband to check-in on him as he travels home from a work interview. He's headed home on the New York Amtrak when a bomb explodes. He had been on the phone with his wife during the explosion when his phone went dea...
  • Ben
    I won an advanced copy of "The Real Michael Swann" through Goodreads to read and review .When I finally found time to read this book ( and I am sorry that I did not get to it earlier) I was captivated by its narrative , its characters and its drama. It really is one of those novels that will keep you reading well past your bedtime.Simple synopsis: Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband, Michael as he waits for a train in NYC's Penn station ...
  • Richard Becker
    This is the perfect book for our paranoid, police-state, media-fueled society. I can picture this story happening today, with all the hype it would lead to.The ingredients of the story are :-A troubled marriage and job situation for the family at the heart of the tale.-A terrorist attack with everyone running to escape the destruction-the Wife, who realizes her husband was probably hurt and tries to find him-Police and homeland security people wh...
  • Kelly
    See this review on hadn't discovered Bryan Reardon until this year when a colleague recommended his novel Finding Jake to me. I devoured that one, along with the advanced reader copy of The Real Michael Swann. I was mesmerized by both novels, particularly his latest, a book where true love between a husband and wife really through.One summer day, Julia Swann is talking to her husband Micha...