Good, Not Great
3.5 out of 5 stars
I almost put this book down at one point. Not because it was bad, but because I was so weirded out and freaked out by the things that were going on that I thought I was going to have trouble finishing it. I’m really glad I didn’t. I also had a hard time getting into it, but I’m glad that I stuck it out because it was definitely a slow burn thriller and the slow burn lasted longer than I would have wanted, but the payoff was definitely there. The final chapters were an absolute sprint to the finish line and I’m glad I stuck around for them.
In Every Vow You Break, each character has something flawed about them and learning about each thing made the story interesting. A few times I found myself yelling at Abigail in my head because as a horror fan herself – she should have seen a lot of the things that happened to her coming. A few times I thought she was going to figure it out sooner, but then she’d go off and do the opposite of what I thought she’d do.
The setting and the description of the scenes and different places really shined. I thought that Swanson did a good job of “setting the scene”. In certain times there was foreshadowing of things to come and other times he would describe it in a certain way that made me feel like I was there. Having visited the coast of Maine lots of times I definitely felt like Every Vow You Break had the setting right and got the New England “feel” right.
Swanson did a bang up job in building suspense. I think it might have taken a bit too long, but I still enjoyed the suspense. Toss in the excellent narration by Karissa Vacker and it was a book that I liked but didn’t love. I haven’t read any of Swanson’s other works but reading some reviews tell me that he’s an excellent suspense storyteller, so I’ll likely check out more titles from him.
A bride’s dream honeymoon becomes a nightmare when a man with whom she’s had a regrettable one-night stand shows up in this electrifying psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Eight Perfect Murders.
Abigail Baskin never thought she’d fall in love with a millionaire. Then she met Bruce Lamb. He’s a good guy, stable, level-headed, kind – a refreshing twist from her previous relationships.
But right before the wedding, Abigail has a drunken one-night stand on her bachelorette weekend. She puts the incident – and the sexy guy who wouldn’t give her his real name – out of her mind, and now believes she wants to be with Bruce for the rest of her life.
Then the mysterious stranger suddenly appears – and Abigail’s future life and happiness are turned upside down. He insists that their passionate night was the beginning of something much, much more. Something special. Something real – and he’s tracked her down to prove it.
Does she tell Bruce and ruin their idyllic honeymoon – and possibly their marriage? Or should she handle this psychopathic stalker on her own? To make the situation worse, strange things begin to happen. She sees a terrified woman in the night shadows, and no one at the resort seems to believe anything is amiss…including her perfect new husband.