Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him

Catching a killer is dangerous—especially if he lives next door From the hugely talented author of The Kind Worth Killing comes an exquisitely chilling tale of a young suburban wife with a history of psychological instability whose fears about her new neighbor could lead them both to murder . . .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 a...

Details Before She Knew Him

TitleBefore She Knew Him
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

Reviews Before She Knew Him

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    This book was messed up in the best possible way!This is my fourth book by the author and I think it's one of my favorites (with "The Kind Worth Killing"!).The twists didn't feel forced, the story flowed nicely and the characters were intriguing.Would recommend!
  • Meredith
    4.25 stars Creepy, Captivating, and a little strange! Before She Knew Him has a Rear-Window like quality with oddball characters and some huge twists. This is an intriguing psychological thriller about the very strange friendship of two neighbors. “They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret.” When artist Hen and her husband Lloyd move to a quiet suburb outside of Boston, they are ...
  • Debra
    4.5 stars"They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret."When I read Peter Swanson's book, The Kind Worth Killing, I was completely blown away. I was hooked almost instantly and knew that this was only the beginning. Have you ever read an Author and thought "why have I never read a book by him/her before?" and "when I can get my hands on another of his/her books?" Well, I just got my chan...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”I didn’t know that blood could jump like that, almost like it wants to leave the human body, get as far away as possible. I’d read about it, of course, in books, and I’d seen it in movies, the way arterial blood will spray. But to see it in reality, to see the life of it, that was something...something I can’t even express in words.”Henrietta Mazur will tell you to call her Hen because that is what everyone calls her. When people do ...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    Question: What if your neighbor turns out to be a cold blooded killer? What if no one will believe you? Not your husband...not even the police!Hen and Lloyd are over-the-moon. They’re moving into their new home in Massachusetts and everything is just picture perfect. Now it’s time to get acquainted with the neighbors! In particular, Matthew and Mira. The only other couple on the block who don’t have children. Great, they already share somet...
  • Holly B
    Talk about "killer" suspense! It is fast-paced.It is dark and twisted.It is strange, zany, and a bit outlandish, but at the same time seems realistic. After all, there are plenty of far-fetched true crime mysteries out there.Henrietta and Lloyd are the new neighbors on the quiet street. Mira and Matthew are their next door neighbors and they invite them over one night for dinner. Mira gives them a "tour" of their home and Hen sees something that ...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    FIVE STARSYou say Peter Swanson wrote it... I say, yes, please, just give me that book! I don't even care what it's about. If Swanson writes it, I read it. The man creates dark characters caught up in the most clever storylines you will ever come across in this genre.I got no business reading this yet since it doesn’t come out for at least three months, BUT I COULDN’T WAIT ANY LONGER. And now that I finished it, my head is spinning and I just...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    I find myself saying “I should have known this, I should have figured this out”, but I didn’t and that is one reason that this thriller is a strong read.The characters in this book are certainly all flawed, some mentally ill, but I felt them to still be believable. The plot is creepy and at times a little gruesome but if you watch any news or TV dramas you know that people are capable of murder and bizarre killing. In the beginning we aren...
  • Katie B
    4.5 starsI've now read all 5 of Peter Swanson's books, and this one is my second favorite, ranking just behind The Kind Worth Killing. It was disturbing but I didn't think it crossed into super uncomfortable territory when it's not even fun to read. I thought it was an entertaining read and really showcased some of the author's strengths as a writer.Hen and her husband Lloyd seek more of a quiet lifestyle and move into a neighborhood outside of B...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.75 Stars.Oddly Addictive. You know how I always say that far-fetched plots never ever work? Well somehow, “Before She Knew Him” by Peter Swanson proved me wrong. In the weirdest, wildest way possible, parts of this novel worked. Jaw dropping and strangely addictive, the multiple plots wove together in a way that kept my attention even though it stretched believability and I can’t quite figure out how. When Hen suspects the worst about he...
  • Barbie
    This was my first book from Peter Swanson, but all his books are on my TBR for ages. So, it was a really good start. *** WARNING *** If you are not familiar with the story, please don't read the blurb nor (most of) the reviews, because they are full of spoilers. Just go in blind, and you will not regret it. I just tell you some sneak peek, without any spoilers. This book is about two couples who are neighbors. Somebody sees something and it will ...
  • Umut Reviews
    BLEW MY MIND! Best crime fiction I've read in a long time. So clever, so unpredictable, full of twists and turns. I couldn't breathe. This book is great on so many levels that I don't know where to start. First of all, the writing is amazing. Swanson surely knows how to do characterisation, build a perfect plot, keep you on the edge until the last moment. Second, I think he's a very confident, daring writer as he chose to let us know who actually...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This is a great psychological thriller from one of my favorite authors, Peter Swanson. I have read and loved three of his previous books, THE KIND WORTH KILLING, HER EVERY FEAR, and ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES.In this novel we meet Hen, which is short for Henrietta. Their new neighbors, Matthew and Mira have invited them for dinner, After the four of them finished eating, Hen and her husband are given a tour of their neighbors' house. On the study, He...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    OMG! This is by far the BEST book by Swanson. It's so, so good. Take this useful advice: Don't read the blurb. Don't read anything about this book. Just dive in If this was made into a movie (Please, God, let this happen) It's going to be like Hitchcock meets with Christopher Nolan. It's amazing. Swanson did something in this book that he hasn't done in other books and I LOVED IT. I think he's my favourite thriller writer, like, EVER.
  • Jayme
    As I have mentioned before, "The Kind Worth Killing" is the thriller that turned me into the "thriller junkie" that I am. So whenever I see a new book by Peter Swanson, I MUST read it as soon as possible! However, I was a bit hesitant, as I was not a fan of his last effort, "All The Beautiful Lies".I am happy to say, that Mr. Swanson, mostly returns to form with his latest effort. What would the odds be of a married couple living on the same stre...
  • Darinda
    Henrietta, Hen for short, and her husband Lloyd have moved into a new home and are adjusting to their quiet suburban life. While visiting with new neighbors, Matthew and Mira, Hen sees something in Matthews's home office that leads her to believe he is a killer. Hen's past makes it difficult for her to be a reliable source, so she struggles with knowing the truth and finding someone to believe her.Told with alternating points of view, both Hen an...
  • NZLisaM
    Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood?4.5 Stars!Hen and Lloyd meet Matthew and Mira at a neighbourhood block party. This encounter leads to an invite to the latter couple’s for dinner, and at the close of the evening, Mira invites her guests on a tour the house. In Matthew's study, Hen notices a fencing trophy that looks exactly like the one that went missing when Dustin Miller – a young man from the neighbourhood she and Lloyd lived th...
  • marilyn
    Hen, in her early 30s, was diagnosed as bipolar as a late teen, when she made accusations against another student and then attacked her. Later she becomes obsessed with the murder of a young man, Dustin, who lived down the street from her and her husband, Lloyd. Now she and her husband live in a new house, near her art studio, and Hen becomes obsessed with her next door neighbor, accusing him of murder. After seeing a fencing trophy in the office...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I love Peter Swanson’s characters. They are so beautifully drawn, full of layers and always highly intriguing.So it is here, with our main pair Hen and Matthew who form a kimd of twisted bond after she decides he’s a murderer. So the scene is set for a lyrical, literary cat and mouse chase as Hen determines to get someone to believe her and Matthew tries to avoid being scrutinised too closely..There are lots of little twisted nuances as you r...
  • Nadia
    3.5 starsI'm normally clueless in terms of twists when reading psychological thrillers and easily susceptible to shock with unexpected turns of events. Peter Swanson's latest thriller was fun to read but I figured out the twist too early on. I still enjoyed the book and found it fast paced and gripping, but I do feel that we've seen the twist too many times before.Many thanks to Faber and Faber for my review copy in exchange for an honest review...
  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    Intriguing thriller! Henrietta (Hen) and Lloyd are a childless couple who have just moved into their new home outside Boston. Hen is an illustrator - an emotionally fragile woman with a bipolar disorder controlled with medications. Thankfully, it's been some time since she's experienced an "episode". Lloyd is a caring, supportive husband who always watches his wife closely for any sign of relapse. The next-door neighbors, Matthew and Mira, invite...
  • Alafair Burke
    In Peter Swanson’s expert hands, one woman’s discerning observation at a quiet suburban dinner party unfolds into a gripping, twisty, psychologically complex thriller. I could not put it down.
  • Shannon
    RTC for blog tour
  • Susan
    Can a thriller ever have too many shocking twists? I don't think so. I was constantly surprised by this book. Just when I thought I knew where it was going it switched into something else. I don't know that I've ever read a more unpredictable thriller! It was very cleverly written, so much so that when one big shocker was revealed I had to go back and reread the parts with that character because I couldn't figure out how it was possible. I was su...
  • KC
    After suffering a frightening mental breakdown, bipolar Hen and husband Lloyd move into a new home outside of Boston. The house is close enough to his work at a private school and nearby her art studio. Soon after meeting their next door neighbors, Matthew and Mira, Hen has a horribly dreadful feeling that there something terribly off with Matthew. Only after piecing her suspicions together can she begin with certainty to try convience her husban...
  • Anne
    Love this author so when this ARC appeared in the mail I was delighted! Who doesn't love a Peter Swanson novel (always creepy, hypnotic, and dark)! Hen and Lloyd move to a new house and are immediately invited over by couple, Mira and Matthew where Hen sees a fencing trophy she recognizes as one belonging to a young man who was murdered after attending the school where Matthew teaches. Of course Matthew is harboring a dark secret but Hen has no c...
  • Patty
    Before She Knew HimByPeter SwansonWhat it's all about...OMG! This book is so good! The back and forth with these highly dysfunctional characters kept these pages flying! I never knew whom I disliked more! New neighbors...actual next door neighbors...Lloyd and Hen and Mira and for the first time at a neighbor’s barbecue. They later have dinner together and while touring Mira and Matthew’s house Hen sees a trophy that she knows b...
  • Sherry
    4.5 starsWith each book he writes, Peter Swanson shows us what a great psychological thriller he writes and Before She Knew Him doesn't disappoint. After Hen and her husband, Lloyd move to a new home they go to a cookout at their neighbor's where Hen notices a wrestling trophy on the shelf. It unsettles her because it reminds her of someone who was awarded the same trophy who was murdered a few years back.Could she be slipping into a bipolar stat...
  • Meg Wilder
    Ugh! I hate that I’m the first person to review below three stars! I really really wanted to like this book. I purchased it at a bookstore that only sells independent/small publisher books and I had a lot of hope when I looked at the reviews on goodreads. First off, this is a very plot heavy book. I feel like I have whiplash from all the “plot twists.” The “plot twists” seemed cheap and predictable.I found Hen’s mental illness unbelie...
  • Yigal Zur
    very dark. even creepy. obsessive. journey into twisted souls. no one comes clean. ir seems every one has shadows and each one manipulating the others. there are some flaws, some places could be worked better. a bit of too much repetition. but on the whole very good thriller