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Review: Before She Knew Him

Before She Knew Him

Before She Knew Him
By Peter Swanson
William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062838162, February 2020, 320pp.

The Short of It:

Smart, clever, and hard to put down.

The Rest of It:

I don’t know where I’ve been or why I haven’t read Peter Swanson before but I am so very glad that Before She Knew Him made it into my hands.

Hen and Lloyd move to very nice, suburban neighborhood. Their neighbors, Mira and Matthew invite them over to dinner so they can get to know one another and while there, Hen can’t help but notice a fencing trophy on the mantle. Upon closer inspection, she’s almost positive it once belonged to a young man named Dustin. A young man who was murdered not long ago. Why would this couple have it in their house?

Before She Knew Him was a great read. Smartly written with well-developed characters and a story that includes a surprise or two and enough mystery to keep you guessing. This book could easily have been titled “Neighbors with Secrets” because both of these couples have something to hide and it makes for really good reading.

I highly recommend this one. Swanson uses all of the characters to tell this story and it’s so very good.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty
Berkley, 9780425274866, August 2015, 512pp.

The Short of It:

I waited far too long to read this one and now I want to read all of her books.

The Rest of It:

Many of you read this book when it first came out. Many of you have seen the TV show. But I think there is a group out there that has avoided it for two reasons:

  • Too much hype
  • It’s too fluffy

I am here to tell you that although I may have avoided it for the two reasons above, I was completely wrong in doing so.

Picture a story full of relatable characters but set in a small town, full of gossipy women (and men). Add  an elementary school. Add bullying, domestic violence and other domestic affairs that keep the town buzzing. What you end up with is an unputdownable book that has a little bit of depth.

These women are so accurately drawn that I could put names to at least three of them because they are so similar to the women I’ve known throughout my life. As they say, everyone has a story and these women have their own as well as secrets which makes for great fun while reading a book.

The story is centered around something that has happened. As a reader, you do not know what but you know it’s bad and you know it affects the entire town. With each page turn, you are given a tiny glimpse into the night it all went down. This device was very effective. It kept me guessing right until the end.

I enjoyed Big Little Lies so much that I now want to read everything by this author. If you haven’t read it but want something to distract you from all the politics and day-to-day strife, find yourself a copy.

Source: Borrowed
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