Release date - 3rd April 2018
Book length - 304 pages
Publisher - William Morrow (HarperCollins)
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Harry Ackerson has always considered his stepmother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an "otherworldly" 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, Harry returns to his father’s home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help each other 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.
ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES by Peter Swanson is a novel that is sure to divide the masses and I have to say I find myself somewhere in the middle when it comes to rating this book.
There are moments of gripping suspense and tense atmosphere which I always love in a good thriller but there are also topics of sexual abuse portrayed as 'misunderstood' relationships that really made me uncomfortable (quite possibly what the author was aiming for!).
Harry is graduating college when he gets the news that his father has died suddenly. Returning to Maine he tries to comfort his stepmother with whom he has an awkward relationship when it emerges that his father's accident may be something a lot more sinister. Add in another young beautiful woman connected to his father, and soon Harry doesn't know what to believe ... but they are hiding something from him and he is determined to find out the truth.
ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES by Peter Swanson moves from past to present in such a way that really build a deeply-layered, character-driven plot that never bores.
Like I said before there are some very adult themes that will not be for everyone but will convey how cyclical a cycle of abuse can be to the point where those involved do not even recognise it for what it is.
This is a suspense story that is gritty and raw but I struggle to say exactly how I feel about it. It is very well-written which is a trademark of Peter Swanson's work but it didn't get under my skin like his other novels, nor did I connect with any of the main characters.
Overall I found ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES by Peter Swanson to be a solid story but not what I expected.
Peter Swanson is the author of three novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; and his most recent, Her Every Fear. 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.
For more information:
Website - www.peter-swanson.com
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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