Before She Knew Him

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      Before She Knew Him. By Peter Swanson. Mar. 2019. Morrow, $26.99 (9780062838155); e-book, $12.99 (9780062838179). What would happen if a serial killer met the perfect confidant, someone who [...]
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      TRAN, C. Before She Knew Him. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 115, n. 12, p. 27, 2019. Disponível em: Acesso em: 2 jul. 2020.
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      Tran C. Before She Knew Him. Booklist. 2019;115(12):27. Accessed July 2, 2020.
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      Tran C. Before She Knew Him. Booklist. 2019;115(12):27. Accessed July 2, 2020.
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      Tran, C. (2019, February 15). Before She Knew Him. Booklist, 115(12), 27.
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      Tran, Christine. 2019. “Before She Knew Him.” Booklist, February 15.
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      Tran, C. (2019) ‘Before She Knew Him’, Booklist, 15 February, p. 27. Available at: (Accessed: 2 July 2020).
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      Tran, Christine. “Before She Knew Him.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 12, Feb. 2019, p. 27. EBSCOhost,
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      Tran, Christine. “Before She Knew Him.” Booklist, February 15, 2019.
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      Tran C. Before She Knew Him. Booklist [Internet]. 2019 Feb 15 [cited 2020 Jul 2];115(12):27. Available from:


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 (All the Beautiful Lies), bipolar Hen "Henrietta" Mazur and her husband, Lloyd Harding, have dinner one night at the suburban Boston home of neighbors Mira and Matt Dolamore, with whom they've recently bonded over their mutual childlessness. At one point, Hen spots a fencing trophy on their hosts' fireplace mantel that she believes was won by Dustin Miller, a college student who was murdered two years earlier and who attended the high school where Matt teaches history. Matt claims that he bought the trophy at a yard sale, but Hen, who's become obsessed with Dustin's case, suspects that Matt killed Dustin. The next day, when she visits the Dolamores, the trophy is missing, reinforcing her suspicions. However, Hen gets little support from Lloyd or the police because of her history of mental health problems and of falsely accusing others of murder. An uneasy relationship soon develops between Hen and Matt, whose traumatic childhood adds emotional heft to the narrative. Surprising twists help keep the suspense high to the end. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Assoc. (Mar.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.