Every Vow You Break
April 2021 Indie Next List
— Patty Reed, Ferguson Books & More, Grand Forks, ND
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“Hitchcockian chills and thrills abound in Swanson's latest mystery, a twisty tale of survival and deception. " – O, the Oprah Magazine
A bride’s dream honeymoon becomes a nightmare when a man with whom she’s had a regrettable one-night stand shows up in this electrifying psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Eight Perfect Murders.
Abigail Baskin never thought she’d fall in love with a millionaire. Then she met Bruce Lamb. He’s a good guy, stable, level-headed, kind—a refreshing twist from her previous relationships.
But right before the wedding, Abigail has a drunken one-night stand on her bachelorette weekend. She puts the incident—and the sexy guy who wouldn’t give her his real name—out of her mind, and now believes she wants to be with Bruce for the rest of her life.
Then the mysterious stranger suddenly appears—and Abigail’s future life and happiness are turned upside down. He insists that their passionate night was the beginning of something much, much more. Something special. Something real—and he’s tracked her down to prove it.
Does she tell Bruce and ruin their idyllic honeymoon—and possibly their marriage? Or should she handle this psychopathic stalker on her own? To make the situation worse, strange things begin to happen. She sees a terrified woman in the night shadows, and no one at the resort seems to believe anything is amiss… including her perfect new husband.
Praise For Every Vow You Break: A Novel…
— Wall Street Journal
“Just when we think we have an idea of what Abigail is up against, Swanson pulls the rug away from under us. Strange events give way to sinister revelations... The last act cranks up tension to the breaking point. Sit back, suspend all disbelief, and watch those pages fly by."
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Hitchcockian chills and thrills abound in Swanson's latest mystery, a twisty tale of survival and deception. "
— O, the Oprah Magazine
“Incredibly difficult to put down, Peter Swanson’s newest thriller, Every Vow You Break, is full of twists and surprises, but also constantly conveys that pit-of-your-stomach dread that suspense lovers are addicted to.”
— The Nerd Daily
“An unabashed page-turner that I dare you not to read all in one go.”
— Air Mail
“The plot twists come at a furious pace. When Abigail seeks help in dealing with Scott, she gradually discovers that she has no one she can count on. Almost no one around her is who they pretend to be.”
— Associated Press
“[A] pulse-pounding not-so-happily-ever-after thriller.”
— The Big Thrill
“If you’re familiar with Peter Swanson’s super creepy previous novel, Eight Perfect Murders, you’ll understand that the new book is neither simple nor merely a matter of stalking… This one takes more perverse plot turns than Eight Perfect Murders even contemplated. For creepiness, this is the real goods.”
— Toronto Star
“Luckily for readers, [Swanson] keeps the story grounded by making Abigail an average person who refuses to be a victim. It's this simplicity that makes the character appealing and her triumphs magnificent.”
— Shelf Awareness
“Every Vow You Break takes the typical domestic thriller and puts a new spin on it — one that’s darker and more twisted than readers will suspect. However, that will just increase your desire to figure out what’s really going on… It’s sure to keep you on edge.”
“Swanson puts his own unique spin on the idea of marital bliss taking a dark and sinister turn in his newest release, which focuses not on a wedding itself, but on what comes after… [The novel] begs to be read in a couple of sittings...”
— Crime By the Book
“Swanson’s new novel is a good match with Lucy Foley’s psychological wedding thriller, The Guest List. Readers will bask in the creepiness of being stranded on a remote island, considering how far some might go to punish those who break sacred promises.”
— Library Journal
“The further we go into [Swanson’s] devilishly twisty tales, the more hooks he sets… Bride-to-be Abigail had a booze-fueled one-night stand… and is now being stalked by the man with whom she dallied. Fatal Attraction, right? Well, maybe, but we quickly see there's more to it than that.”
“Peter Swanson delivers another stellar thriller full of adrenaline inducing surprises and a plot that turns on a dime.”
“With mounting tension and fraying nerves, it careens to the final stunning conclusion. A true tour de force.”
— Lisa Gardner on Eight Perfect Murders
“Fiendish good fun.”
— Anthony Horowitz on Eight Perfect Murders
“Engagingly original. . . . This [is a] multilayered mystery that brims with duplicity, betrayal and revenge—all bubbling slowly to the surface. . . . Swanson has a bent for revenge and murder. Fans won’t be disappointed.”
— USA Today on Eight Perfect Murders
“Fiendishly clever catnip for any lover of classic crime fiction.”
— Seattle Times on Eight Perfect Murders
“An homage to classic mystery stories that offers both the charms of a puzzle mystery and the bleak atmosphere of a noir… The flawed main characters are well developed, the New England settings are vividly drawn, and the twists keep coming in this suspenseful, ingeniously plotted tale.”
— St. Louis Post Dispatch on Eight Perfect Murders
“The wintry setting and eerily cool narration, together with trust-no-one twists and garish murders, will satisfy thriller readers; fans of classic mysteries by Agatha Christie, Ira Levin, and John D. MacDonald will enjoy… You’ll stay to the finish of this one.”
— Library Journal
“Probably what you need right now is a good murder mystery. One that is bookish, engrossing, not overly gory and impossible to solve. Peter Swanson delivers all of this in Eight Perfect Murders… Swanson drops in lovely clues, but good luck figuring it out.
— Minneapolis Star Tribune on Eight Perfect Murders
“You wish the mounting complications, like a magician's showiest routine, could go on forever.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Eight Perfect Murders
William Morrow, 9780062980038, 320pp.
Publication Date: March 23, 2021
About the Author
Peter Swanson is the author of seven novels, including The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year; Before She Knew Him, and Eight Perfect Murders. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine. He lives outside of Boston, where he is at work on his next novel.