Before She Knew Him
Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
What would happen if a serial killer met the perfect confidant, someone who would never be believed if they revealed his or her secrets? Nothing good. Hen and Lloyd Mazur's move to the suburbs is meant to be a fresh start; Hen has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital after a manic episode sparked a dangerous obsession with the murder of her neighbor, Dustin Scott. Their first dinner with new neighbors Matthew and Mira Dolamore is going smoothly until Hen recognizes a fencing trophy in Matthew's office that she knows was taken from Scott's murder scene. Certain that Matthew is Scott's killer, Hen begins following him and soon wins a hollow victory when she witnesses him killing another man. Matthew, however, has seen her, too, and—confident that Hen's mental-health challenges make her an unreliable witness—he seizes the opportunity to unburden himself. Instead of relieving pressure, though, this dangerous connection sends Matthew spiraling out of control, leaving only Hen to stop him. Swanson has crafted another bar-raising psychological thriller with this tense, unexpected spin on serial killers and those obsessed with them. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2018 October #2
Her bipolar disorder under control, illustrator Henrietta and her husband enjoy a new house outside Boston with a nice little studio for her out back. But she's a bit obsessed with unsolved crimes, and she can't help but notice that a sports trophy perched on a shelf at the neighbors' house looks just like one that vanished from the home of a young man killed two years earlier. With a 75,000-copy first printing.Copyright 2018 Library Journal.
PW Reviews 2019 January #4
At the start of this exceptional psychological thriller from Swanson (