Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

How I Read It: Print/ Audiobook

Dates Read: 3/24/19-4/1/19

Okay, so I know it says it took me a really long time to read this, but I kinda got distracted before I gave the book a chance so REALLY it only took me yesterday and today to read it. BUT…. as you have probably guessed, I got this from Book of the Month (is this a STAN account yet?), and honestly, I just want to say thank you to this book for falling so perfectly in the genre while still being extremely entertaining and unpredictable.

This story is about Hen (short for Henrietta) and her neighbor Matthew. After a dinner at Matthew’s house, Hen recognizes a trophy that was taken in a murder years earlier.  Trying to piece together whether Matthew really is a murderer, Hen begins to do her own investigation. After another murder occurs, these two come at a head in the quest for truth.

What I will say I like: that ending though. OMG I lost it at work today as I was listening to it. I had zero intention of buying the audiobook, but I truly just wanted to keep reading and find out what happened, so I caved and got it! I will say, up until the very very end, I was like, oh okay. But the very last twist I was blown away.

I will also say that this book was very much the epitome of a mystery/thriller book. It ticked all the boxes. As mentioned, however, it has managed to tick all the boxes without being predictable and I tip my hat, sir.

Now, I will say that there is an interesting discussion of mental health. Bipolar disorder is an ongoing conversation in the book, specifically manic states and the reliability of people with mental disorders. Okay, so I think we know where I stand on mental disorders, but I do think that this book in particular discussed how we as a society view people with mental disorders. Is passion considered manic? Is feeling sad being depressed? This book talks a lot more about that first question, and how often we associated “manic” with “crazy”.

Personally, I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I truly loved this book and would recommend it for any of my friends that love mystery/thriller books! If you guys have any ideas or thoughts, feel free to leave me a comment. And if you would like to talk to me privately, feel free to e-mail me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all at the next book!

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