I triple loved this book.
So glad to see it’s getting its due.
Peter Swanson is a magician with words, plot, nuance.
Love his work and this, in my opinion, is his best.
Egalleys on Edelweiss here.
Check out what Stephanie Chase, Director of the Hillsboro (OR) Public Library has to say:
“Swanson is a master at tension, and at crafting characters the reader truly cannot get a handle on. Is this one good? Or bad? Or both? As with The Kind Worth Killing, be prepared to keep guessing, keep switching allegiances, and needing to turn the pages throughout the whole creepy story.”
It's also received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal:
“The skillfully conjured Boston winter creates the perfect atmosphere for breeding paranoia, which kicks into high gear with the introduction of Cherney’s Rear Window–like flashbacks. Swanson established a reputation for complex psychological thrillers with his previous novels (The Kind Worth Killing, 2015, and The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, 2014), but here he introduces a delicious monster-under-the-bed creepiness to the expected top-notch characterization and steadily mounting anxiety.” —Booklist
“Psychological thriller devotees should block time to read Swanson’s (The Kind Worth Killing) novel in one sitting, preferably in the daylight. Readers can the hairs on their necks to stand straight up as they are consumed with a full-blown case of heebie-jeebies.” —Library Journal
The Seattle Book Review also loved it:
“Peter Swanson’s third thriller cracks to life in the opening pages. His characters are engaging, and the reader is treated to multiple points of view in this mystery. The payoff for the reader is an excellent whodunit with a magical appeal for the mystery thriller lover.” (full review here)