Title: Before She Knew Him
Author: Peter Swanson
About the book: It’s a standalone novel about Henrietta Mazur who moves into a new house with her husband Lloyd. When she meets Mira and Matthew, the couple next door, Hen sees an object in Matthew’s office that is connected to an unsolved murder. It leads her to think he’s a killer, but no one believes her.
First impressions: I liked the premise because it sounded like a suspenseful and compelling thriller. Even from the beginning, there’s a creepy, dark undertone to the story that continues throughout the book.
Characters: I enjoyed learning about Hen and Matthew. The characters have their own flaws and shortcomings, but I found myself drawn to them nonetheless.
“They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret.”
Writing: It’s about 350 pages long, so the story isn’t too long or too short. The author is descriptive and writes in a way that makes the plot easy to follow.
Final thoughts: The book explores many mature issues, so it isn’t a suitable read for everyone. I didn’t see the plot twist at the end coming at all, but the ending more or less ties up loose sends. If you love psychological thrillers about killers, check out Before She Knew Him.