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Harry Ackerson has always considered his step-mother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an “other worldly” way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years.Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it’s suicide. Devastated, he returns to his father’s home in Maine. There,Harry Ackerson has always considered his step-mother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an “other worldly” way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years.Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it’s suicide. Devastated, he returns to his father’s home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help one another pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father.Shortly after he arrives, Harry meets a mysterious young woman named Grace McGowan. Though she claims to be new to the area, Harry begins to suspect that Grace may not be a complete stranger to his family. But she isn’t the only attractive woman taking an interest in Harry. The sensual Alice is also growing closer, coming on to him in an enticing, clearly sexual way.Mesmerized by these two women, Harry finds himself falling deeper under their spell. Yet the closer he gets to them, the more isolated he feels, disoriented by a growing fear that both women are hiding dangerous—even deadly—secrets . . . and that neither one is telling the truth....

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All the Beautiful Lies Reviews

  • Crumb
    2019-03-27 17:30

    A twisted tale of desire, obsession, and deceitI read this book with the traveling sisters group and it certainly enhanced my appreciation for the book. I loved our discussion, and I gained new insight than I would have if I had read the book alone.This book was an excellent psychological thriller. It started off strong, in my opinion. After only the first couple chapters, the book sunk its teeth in me. Like so many other books I’ve read, this book follows a similar pattern of alternating between the past and the present – or “then” and “now” , and I think the author executed this style very well. Alice, a young teenage girl, precocious for her age, is extremely independent. She doesn’t have a choice in the matter; she has to take care of herself because her mother is an alcoholic. However, it isn’t the two of them for long. Her mother marries a man, Jake, who is a successful banker. Pretty soon, Alice and Jake are going out to eat at nice, fancy restaurants while Alice’s mom is passed out at home, drunk. Twisted, huh? I don’t want to reveal too much more of the plot. I believe this is a book that you should go into knowing as little as possible.So my friends, I will leave it at that. This was a fascinating, compulsive thriller that left me satiated. Was it The Kind Worth Killing? No, it was not. Was it a good psychological thriller? Yes, it was.Thank you to the publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-04-18 22:14

    Think it might be time for me to take a psychological thriller break again. They are all blending together, and the plots just seem to darn familiar. Am in the minority in my rating and review for this one, but that has happened before and I'm sure will happen again. Loved the setting, not that many books are set to n Maine and from the descriptions it sounds gorgeous. The rest of the book was rather predictable, easy to guess what was coming next. A few of the plot twists, didn't make sense. One in particular I couldn't understand the reason for, and it kind of disappeared, no meaning forthcoming. Didn't particularly care for these characters, even Harry, who was for all intents and purposes meant to be the good guy. He was, I suppose, but also naive and some of his actions didn't make much sense either. It was fast paced, but the reason I am giving it even three stars is the ending. That came out of nowhere and was surprising. So a rather quick but predictable read that pulled itself up by the ending.ARC from Edelweiss.

  • HollyB
    2019-04-14 21:12

    An engrossing page turner that had me guessing and gasping until the very last page. I had to finish this one and the twists were plenty throughout. I enjoyed the alternating time line of then and now. It follows the story of Harry Ackerson and the phone call he receives from his stepmom Alice that his father is dead. He is told that the police think it is suicide, but Harry is heading home to Maine to sort it out. He will miss his college graduation, but he needs to be home.Harry begins to suspect something foul and may find himself entangled in this web of deceit. Tense, gripping, creepy and twisted with some dark moments. Never a boring moment and I loved the suspense! Thanks to Edelweiss for my ARC

  • Shannon
    2019-04-09 19:19

    All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson was an awesome psychological thriller! This is my second read by this author. The Kind Worth Killing was so good I just had to get my hands on this gem. It alternates between then and now with multiple POVs. All the Beautiful Lies was twisted, weird and fun as hell to read. I LOVED it!So what’s it about? Harry has just graduated college when he receives the unfortunate phone call of his life. His father, Bill, has died. Harry returns home to his father’s house to be with his (hot) stepmother, Alice. At first Bill’s death just seems to be an accident but then the detectives start to believe there was more to it. Was this an accident or did someone murder Bill? I really enjoyed reading the chapters of “then”, through Alice’s perspective. The girl doesn’t give a damn! I thought the twists were excellent. I didn’t see them coming! I definitely recommend All the Beautiful Lies. 5 Stars! Thank you to William Morrow for a copy via Edelweiss.

  • Susanne Strong
    2019-04-16 16:40

    2.75 Stars* (rounded up)Well Ho-Hum. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that. “All the Beautiful Lies” is the story of Harry Ackerman, whose father dies right before his college graduation. His father was his best friend and life line and now he’s gone. Having already lost his mother years prior, all he has left is Alice, his step-mother. If Harry is honest, he has always had inappropriate feelings for Alice, she is beautiful, sexy and mysterious. Once his father is gone, Alice needs him and he wants to help her, he needs to help her. While in town, Harry meets a beautiful young woman named Grace, and he can’t help but feel something and wonder who she is and if she is connected to his father. Harry’s investigations lead him to uncover more about his father, Grace and of course, Alice. What he finds leads him down a crazy, twisted path, full of surprises.“All the Beautiful Lies” by Peter Swanson was a complete disappointment for me. Having reading Swanson’s “The Girl With the Clock for a Heart” and “The Kind Worth Killing”, I was extremely excited to read this novel. Unfortunately “All the Beautiful Lies” didn’t quite measure up to those - it held no excitement and was quite predictable. Not liking the characters didn’t help matters. However, the novel was easy to read and moved quickly - I finished it in a day! I read this with my Traveling Sisters and that made it oh so much better. We were split for this one and that made it much more interesting. For Full Traveling Sister Group Reviews, please see Brenda and Norma’s Amazing Blog: https://twogirlslostinacouleereading....Thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow and Peter Swanson for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 1.27.18.

  • Tammy
    2019-04-10 19:11

    Having read all of Swanson’s books, All the Beautiful Lies is almost smack dab in the middle of his oeuvre. It isn’t as compelling as his first two but much better than his last. Then again, I still may be suffering from “grip lit” or thriller burnout and others may find this to be among Swanson’s best. As you can see this is another of “lie” books rather than the formerly popular “girl” books.There is nothing wrong with this novel. It moves along at a nice pace beginning with a college student learning that his father has died. He goes home for the funeral and learns that his father’s death may not be accidental. The book moves between “Then” and “Now” as the action in the present day unfolds and events in the past are revealed. It reads quickly, has a tidy ending and it works within the subgenre hence the four stars.

  • Kendall
    2019-04-14 20:26

    So... I think it may be time to take a break from psychological thrillers. This was my first read by Peter Swanson. I feel like all these thrillers are blending together especially with "lie" in the titles... oh my goodness! I think "lie" has replaced the "girl" titles from last year. I do have to say that this was a very easy read! I finished this in a couple days! But, easy doesn't necessarily mean excellent plot.....All the Beautiful Lies was a very predictable read and did not have many twists/turns. I guessed many of the twists with my fellow traveling sisters and I was super proud of myself with the detective skills BUT I don't necessarily like to have my books predictable. Also, some of the plot just didn't add up for me and there was a little bit of loose weird ends. BUT, the ending was pretty epic I have to give Swanson that. This is the reason I bumped this read up to 3 stars.Overall, always such a fun time reading with my traveling sisters!! Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the arc! Publication date: 4/3/18.

  • JanB
    2019-03-26 23:11

    I very much enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing and was eagerly awaiting this newest release.The setting is Maine, and the story revolves around recent college grad Harry who goes back home after the unexpected death of his father. The publisher's blurb is the perfect description: "...a diabolically clever tale of obsession, revenge, and cold-blooded murder—a sly and brilliant guessing game." Add in a femme fatale stepmother and questionable identities and this sounds like the perfect thriller.On a positive note, there were some surprising twists, and I eyed more than one person with suspicion, plus it was a fast-paced easy read. On the negative side, I found a few of the relationships distasteful, and some of the character's actions stretched credulity. The ending failed to satisfy me, and some of the motives failed to ring true.So, in the end, it was a decent, but not outstanding entry in the psychological suspense category. I read this with the Traveling Sister group, and we were split on our final thoughts. Some enjoyed it more than I did. For this and other traveling sister reviews visit their blog at:https://twogirlslostinacouleereading....*Thanks to Edelweiss, William Morrow publishing and Peter Swanson for a copy of the e-book for review

  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    2019-04-16 21:27

    Review/rating to come, but this one was not for me. This story relies heavily on twisted sexual relationships between step-parents and their step-children, an element that I found disturbing in a way that I did not appreciate. Unfortunately this one just wasn’t for me.

  • Denise
    2019-04-02 21:26

    "It's not dark yet, but it's getting there."Here's what you know when you pick up a standalone thriller by Peter Swanson -- you're in for a fun and twisty read that grabs hold and doesn't let go. It's almost impossible to put down once you get started. This one is no different to his previous books in that regard, and I've read and loved them all. I think that another reason to read Swanson is that his books are all standalones so you don't need to worry about starting from the beginning of a series.In this suspense novel, Harry Ackerson comes home to Kennewick Village, in Maine, for his father's funeral. His stepmother, the curvaceous Alice, is only 13 years older than Harry -- he's just graduated from college. Harry's dad, Bill, owned a rare books shop in town, and apparently had an accident while out walking up by the cliffs. But was it an accident? And who is the young woman Harry sees in town and at the service for his father? The police are looking into the death and Alice seems to need a lot of Harry's emotional support -- or is it more than that? The narrative flips between point of view and back and forth in time as the layers of this story are revealed. The characters are complex and the relationships between them are tainted with a bit of suspicion and distrust. Harry is an introvert and is a bit aimless so he goes along with all the developments and unusual interactions. It seems the police now think that Bill's fall was not quite an accident...right before there's another sudden death! The tangled web starts to fall apart as passion, jealousy, and a bit of psychopathy hurries it along.Loved #4 as much as the others and can't wait for Swanson's next book! He's definitely an author that any suspense thriller reader won't want to miss.Thank you to Edeweiss and HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. for the e-book ARC to read and review.

  • Heidi
    2019-04-19 18:27

    Ever since reading The Kind Worth Killing and Her Every Fear, Peter Swanson has been on my list of authors whose books are must-reads before they have even been written. Imagine my happy-dance when I found out that I had been granted and ARC of All The Beautiful Lies, one of my most anticipated new releases in 2018 (thank you to Edelweiss)!Swanson’s engaging writing style sucked me in immediately, and I contently settled into what I hoped would be an all-night read-a-thon with thrills and chills galore. This certainly is a dark, dark book! I love the way this author presents his villains in a detached, no-nonsense manner, like peering at them through the glass cover of a specimen jar, turning them over and around to inspect their sociopathic tendencies from all angles in an almost scientific manner. And be warned, because each and every character in this novel is deeply flawed, and not ashamed to present their darker sides to the reader. But where I had a soft spot for Lily, the calculating and somewhat cold-hearted protagonist of A Kind Worth Killing, I struggled to find an endearing quality in Alice, his latest creation. Although her dispassionate reasoning matches that of Lily, and Swanson endows her with a solid background that provides the origin of her sociopathic tendencies, I thought Alice lacked the emotional depth I found in his earlier creations.The story is set in two different time-frames, “then” and “now”, one part focusing on Alice’s childhood and growing up, the other from the moment Harry finds out that his father has fallen to his death on a lonely coastal cliff path in Maine. It soon becomes obvious that there may be more to Bill’s death than an accident, and this is where the story becomes interesting, with several flawed characters becoming the suspects in what was potentially a brutal murder of a well-liked man. Like me, you will probably have your main suspect pegged very early on, and may find that Swanson has totally blindsighted you – or perhaps other readers make better detectives than I do, because I was very wrong!So, why the average rating you ask? I know that I will be in the minority here, and it really pains me to admit that I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I had hoped I would. Despite Swanson’s writing style, which is so perfect for a psychological thriller, and the red herrings that come at you from all angles, I just could not warm to any of the characters. I normally appreciate Swanson’s penchant for exploring the darkest corners of the human psyche, but there were some weird dynamics at play here, with twisted incestuous sexual relationships between characters which I found disturbing and which tarnished the story for me. Perhaps motherhood has made me too prudish for this type of tale, but these details took a lot of enjoyment out of reading a book that may otherwise have been a clever and riveting psychological thriller. If you are a fan of Peter Swanson’s writing, I still encourage you to give this one a go, as it has all the hallmarks of his previous novels – deeply flawed sociopathic protagonists, creeping tension, twists galore and an unexpected ending. Whilst I found that some of the characters’ strange sexual tendencies were disturbing and marred my reading pleasure, I will certainly not be put off enough to eagerly snatch up future books by this author.Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. *blog**facebook**instagram*

  • Robin
    2019-04-02 21:21

    This is a tightly written and solid entry in the ever prolific sub-genre of psychological suspense thrillers. Swanson is a master at ratcheting up the tension and ending with a big punch. For me it didn't rank quite as high as his earlier book, THE KIND WORTH KILLING, but it's well worth the time it takes to read, and it won't take long as it's very "unputdownable." Watch for this is you are a fan of authors Claire Mackintosh, B. A. Paris, and OK, I'm going to say it, Gillian Flynn.A big thanks to the publisher for an advance digital reading copy.

  • Patty
    2019-03-25 21:36

    All The Beautiful LiesByPeter SwansonWhat it's all about...Harry just graduated from college...he is called home due to the sudden death of his father. Harry heads home to Maine to Alice...his father's second his father's big house and to his father's bookstore. Harry has uneasy feelings from the moment he arrives in Kennewick...Alice is acting odd, there is a strange girl at his father's funeral and the circumstances around his father's death just get more and more mysterious. Why I wanted to read it...I loved the cover of this book. I loved the title. Once I started to read it I just couldn't stop. I read it at a delightfully slow and steady pace. It followed a "then" and "now" chapter pattern that I loved. The writing was lovely and most of the characters were kind of strange and intriguing. What made me truly enjoy this book...The plot made me love this book! It was awesome! Why you should read it, too...Readers who love great mysteries and unique puzzling dysfunctional characters should love this new book from this author. I am definitely reading the books that came before this one! My copy came from Edelweiss.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-17 21:24

    Another excellent and complex thriller from Swanson, who excels at writing incredibly rich female characters that just border on psychopathic and providing unexpected and satisfying twists.When Harry's bookseller father dies suddenly, he returns home to Maine to comfort his stepmother Alice. Through alternating chapters of now -- Harry's time -- and then, when Alice was a young woman, we more about Alice's past and increasingly become aware that Harry's father may not have died from natural causes. As other characters from Harry's father's past and Alice's past are drawn into the story, we the reader have a front row seat as everything begins to unravel. Swanson has also demonstrated his ability to write an ending that can keep up with the pace and punch he sets throughout the story, and ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES is no exception.

  • Dorie
    2019-04-01 21:12

    In over four years of writing reviews I’ve never given a book 1*. Usually I will know when a book is not right for me and send a note to the publisher and don’t continue on with the book, therefore I don’t write a review. However in the case of “All the Beautiful Lies” I continued to read the book to 75% to see if there was any way that I might be missing something since there were quite a few high ratings for this book. Here is what I concluded.I found nothing redeeming about this book. The writing is mediocre, the flow is choppy and the characters are shallow and not well defined. There wasn’t a character in this book that I cared about, even young Harry, while trying to decide whether his father was “pushed” off of that cliff or just fell, gets taken in by Alice. The characters can be described as narcissistic, amoral, self indulgent, and on and on. The mystery part of this book was easy to figure out and did nothing to redeem the quality of this book.I’m left with wondering why, when there are so many wonderful books out there, that anyone would want to read this book. It’s not erotic, just in your face selfish sexual desire. It’s not a good mystery, it’s not well written. Jake in his younger years could easily be considered a pedophile as his tastes in females began with girls as young as 12. I’m writing this review basically to warn off my Goodreads friends and anyone who may be reading reviews and thinking about purchasing this book so that they can get other opinions about it. Obviously we’re all free to read whatever we want but, dear readers, think again when searching for a good mystery/thriller to read and read a variety of reviews. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-30 22:34

    I finished reading this book a week ago and although I wrote down a synopsis of the plot as well as my first impressions, I have forgotten it. Now this is a psychological thriller. It is supposed to have you at the edge of your seat, always guessing what happens next, dizzy from its twists and turns. Don’t get me wrong. Overall, I thought All the Beautiful Lies was a good story. Unfortunately it was too easy for me to figure out whodunit. I also didn’t like the incestuous relationships between step parents and children. The novel opens up with the suspicious death of a bookseller. The victim’s son Harry is called home for the funeral where he is met by his young beguiling step-mother Anna. Told from multiple perspectives, both past and present, All the Beautiful Lies is more about Anna and the lies that she tells others and the lies she sells to herself. She actually seems convinced of her innocence in all that transpires. Fortunately Swanson sees to it that she gets her comeuppance in the end.

  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    2019-04-13 20:30

    Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing me with a DRC of this title in exchange for an honest review!Off The Press Reads: Blog ♦ Instagram ♦ Bloglovin'

  • Tamara
    2019-04-10 16:39

    Review to come.Quick thoughts:Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies everywhere in this book. Kept me glued to my Kindle!

  • Allie
    2019-04-24 22:35

    So very, very Ira Levin, and I do mean that as a compliment. More later.

  • Jay Dwight
    2019-04-11 21:10

    A fast paced story that I raced through. Whilst I enjoyed the narrative, I didn't feel overly connected to the story as I didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable. I also didn't find them particularly unlikable either, and I think this lack of emotional connection to any of them is why the story didn't grab me in the way other reads do. The split narrative of past and present works well with this story, as we follow Harry Ackerman in the present, and Harry's fathers much younger second wife Alice in the past. The story opens with us learning Harry's father has passed away after an accident just before Harry's college graduation. Harry returns to the funeral and stays in his father's house with Alice. We then learn the death may not be an accident. Worth a read, but there are quite a few more that I've read so far this year that I would recommend more highly.

  • Meghan
    2019-04-23 16:23

    Peter Swanson is my number one go-to suggestion for anyone looking for a psychological thriller to binge read on vacation. I think it's because, in addition to nearly flawless character development and pacing, his writing is really good. I try and discard a lot of dark psychological suspense novels because they're poorly written so I can only hope he keeps coming out with new books.

  • KC
    2019-04-20 19:28

    Peter Swanson is a master of the psychological thriller genre and in this latest novel it is reflective of his creative storytelling. Harry is about to graduate from college when his dad ends up dead. Arriving at his home in Maine, Harry is greeted by his beautiful stepmother, about 15 years his dad's junior. Although it appears at first his father took his own life, Harry discovers he was murdered. With little to go on and theories mounting, Harry is determined to uncover the truth. Swanson mixes twists and turns at every opportunity along with deep character development and extreme back stories. If you enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing and Her Every Fear, than this one will certainly not disappoint.

  • Jo
    2019-04-02 19:27

    Twisty and delightful. Things I have come to appreciate about Peter Swanson novels. I definitely will read more of his work.

  • Abby
    2019-04-01 16:32

    This book is one of the most twisted, weird books that I've read in a long time.The standout theme is taboo relationships. I think people have to be warned about that. If reading about stepparent-stepchild sexual relationships is bothersome (and it will be for most people) then this book will be disturbing to them. This theme bothered me. I liked the Maine setting, and the quaint town of Kennewick where the story takes place. The setting descriptions were gorgeous and transported me to this fictional beach town.The story was fast-paced, but maybe it’s because I was so creeped out by all of the taboo relationships that it made me read quickly. The ending tied up all loose ends and answered many questions.Peter Swanson writes very well and I really enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing which is why I wanted to read this book. I was expecting Alice to be similar to the cold and calculating killer protagonist Lily in The Kind Worth Killing. However, Alice is too crazy and too much of a sociopath for me to like her as much as I liked Lily.Peter Swanson does a great job at making the reader dislike all of the characters in All The Beautiful Lies. There is definitely irony in the title of the book and the references that lies are "beautiful" (when in fact they are all ugly). All of the characters are deeply flawed and this is a dark, dark book.Read at your own risk! You'll enjoy this book if you can overlook all of the crazy taboo relationships and get swept up in the mystery.

  • Jeannette Castro
    2019-04-02 20:13

    Peter Swanson is the kind of author that grabs you from page one. Pulling you in and you know you can expect a creepy turn. I enjoyed this book and the characters. It was a flowing read, that ended in a creepy conclusion. I give it 4 stars and look forward to his next book. Thank you for a ARC Copy for my honest review.

  • Shannon Seymour
    2019-04-16 18:31

    so many plot twists! loved this!

  • wellreadtraveler
    2019-04-06 21:12

    If you’re a fan of suspense novels that keep you on the edge of your seat , you are going to love All The Beautiful Lies. The story follows the main character Alice, in a “then” and “now” type of story. ( you might get a little confused at times, but it all comes together). Harry Ackerman receives a phone call just as he’s getting ready for his College Graduation, from his stepmother Alice informing him that his father is dead, possibly murdered. Harry goes home to Maine to be with Alice, help out at his father’s bookstore, and to try to find out what actually happened to his father. At the funeral, Harry spots a woman he’s never seen before in front of his father’s house, then sees her again at his father’s funeral, then later she walks into the bookstore looking for a job. Grace claims she’s new to the area, but something doesn’t feel right to Harry. He purses Grace in an effort to try and get to know her, and finds himself having feelings for her. Back at home, his very young and attractive stepmother starts to come on to Harry, and he’s always had a crush on her since she was closer to his age then his fathers. He’s suspicious of everyone around him, anyone could’ve been responsible for his father’s death. The “then” part of the story follows Alice when she was a young girl living with her single mother, and the “older” man her mother marries, and then later Alice falls in love with. Alice’s life, and the wonderfully, gruesome, crazy, psychotic story seems to parallel the “now” story of her pursuing Harry, her now being the older stepparent. As we learn who Alice was and what she’s done in the past, we also learn who she is now, and what that has to do with Harry’s father’s death. So many lives will be affected because of Alice, Harry just has to put all the clues together to stop her. The story has so many twists that will have you gasping, up to the very last chapter. This is one of my favorite suspense books I’ve read, and I give it a solid 5 star review. The book will release on April 3, preorder your copy now, you’’ll thank me later!

  • Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
    2019-04-18 23:17

    Just on the cusp of college graduation Harry Ackerson receives word from home that his father has suddenly passed away, so rather than stick around for graduation, he heads home to bury his father and get some answers. Once he arrives home, he starts to dig into his father's death, and also starts to help his step-mother settle some things and learn how to adjust to being on her own. But somewhere along the way, lines start to get crossed, seductions take place, and Harry finds himself sharing a bed with his gorgeous step-mother. And if that isn't enough to deal with, then he meets a beautiful girl name Grace, initially she seems like the perfect woman for him, but then things take an interesting turn, and he starts to have doubts. As much as he likes her, there is something telling him to be wary of her, she says she is new to town, but things just aren't adding up... and he is starting to think she maybe involved in his father's past.All The Beautiful Lies is a thrilling literary escapade riddled with obsession, revenge, secrets, and murder! The instant you crack the cover on this one you will be mesmerized by Mr. Swanson's crafty words, and mind twisting plot... it was downright addictive!! This is my first read by this author and I have to say he gained a new fan with this one, I will definitely be checking out more of his books in the very near future! If you are a lover of twisted thrillers, then this one will be right up your alley... my advice, be prepared to hang out on the edge of your seat the whole way through!! Highly Recommend!!I requested an advanced copy of this title from Edelweiss, and voluntarily read and reviewed.

  • Claude Bouchard
    2019-03-31 18:20

    This review is based on an Advance Reader Copy. The actual book is scheduled for publication in April 2018.This book was OK. If you have a penchant for stories involving consensual sex between stepparents and their stepchildren, as well as older adults and teenagers, —which I don’t— then this is the yarn for you. Honestly, without this aspect of the story, this is just an average murder mystery, not really a thriller as mentioned on the cover. Yeah, there are a couple of rather good OMG moments, but this is not a book you'll remember long after you've finished it. The book follows a Now and Then chronologically alternating narrative, with the primary side character (and her accompanying back story) being much more interesting than the main character himself. In fact, the main character is dull and absolutely uninteresting...I couldn't get through his chapters fast enough. The chapters are short, so that helped move the story along. The killer is revealed several chapters before the actual end of the book. But, honestly, it was done in such a ho-hum manner that it was a bit of a letdown. My reaction? "Oh, OK." No big surprise, no jaw-dropping moment. And whereas most of the story up to that point could be somewhat believable, one specific instance involving a found password and the quasi-miraculous random decision to use it with an app that wouldn't readily come to mind made me lose complete interest in whatever came next. Thankfully, it was within the last few chapters. By the time I got to the twist in the last chapter (which one can see coming a few pages ahead), I couldn't wait to be done with this book.

  • Rosanna
    2019-04-06 17:30

    I have been in slump for the past month or so, not finding a book that would grab me and keep me interested. “All the Beautiful Lies” by Peter Swanson is the one that yanked me out of my slump and gave me whiplash with all of its twist and turns, intensifying with each chapter.The story starts in the present, but alternates with another character’s story told in the past. When the two stories connect after intricately unfolding, my jaw hit the floor. It wasn’t what I was expecting. But Swanson is never predictable, is he?I have read his previous books, “The Kind Worth Killing” and “Her Every Fear.” I feel that this new title is closer to “The Kind Worth Killing” in the way it unfolds and how some of the characters develop. How does he come up with people that are so vile and horrible?I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers. Also, it is a standalone title, so if you haven’t read anything by the author, it is okay. However, you have time before this book is released, so you might as well read his other titles.