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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Every Vow You Break

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    The title of Peter Swanson's latest psychological thriller is a line in the song Every Breath You Take by The Police, I had its sinister overtones playing in my head, so apt in what unfolds in the story. Abigail grew up helping her parents run the Boxgrove Theatre Company summer productions, although her parents have now split up. She moved up to New York, finding a job working for a small publisher. After a string of relationship fails with men and one woman, she meets Bruce Lamb, a self made S The title of Peter Swanson's latest psychological thriller is a line in the song Every Breath You Take by The Police, I had its sinister overtones playing in my head, so apt in what unfolds in the story. Abigail grew up helping her parents run the Boxgrove Theatre Company summer productions, although her parents have now split up. She moved up to New York, finding a job working for a small publisher. After a string of relationship fails with men and one woman, she meets Bruce Lamb, a self made Silicon Valley tech billionaire and within a short period, he falls in love and proposes. In comparison to her past personal history, Bruce appeals to Abigail for a number of reasons, he is level headed, logical, kind, generous and an all round good guy, and for a woman who had lived with constant financial fears and insecurities, his wealth is certainly an attractive factor. The couple become engaged, with Abigail organising the wedding, no expense spared, and Bruce in charge of their honeymoon. At her bachelorette party in California, paid for by Bruce, a drunk Abigail with some fleeting doubts about her upcoming marriage, ends up sleeping with a stranger, choosing to call him Scottie, and she becomes Madeleine, references to Hitchcock's movie, Vertigo. Upon returning to New York, her doubts about Bruce vanish as her wedding approaches, but her life is about to become a nightmare when she spots 'Scottie' and later receives an email from him, he wants to be with her, certain they are destined to be soulmates. Fearful of the potential it has to ruin everything, Abigail's wedding goes ahead, although she thinks she might have seen Scottie there. The idyllic honeymoon is on the remote and exclusive Heart Pond Island, off the Maine coast, with no internet access and no phones allowed so the guests can make the most of the simple life, albeit served hand and foot, with gourmet food and alcohol. Abigail goes into shock when 'Scottie' turns up, a stalker is the last thing she needs, determined to save her marriage, her life nevertheless begins to spiral out of control, a situation that develops into what she labels a horror movie, and lets just say that she is not wrong. This is a chilling story, with barely any likeable characters, although I have to say that I did feel for Abigail and the disturbingly unsettling ordeal that she finds herself facing. Swanson writes beautifully and I found myself immersed in a read where very little is as it appears. Many thanks to Faber and Faber for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    If you are having doubts about whether or not you should be getting married while at your “Bachelorette” party-maybe you shouldn’t be going through with the wedding? If you think a good way to figure out if your doubts are legitimate, would be to test your feelings by sleeping with someone else-perhaps you already have your answer? If your honeymoon destination requires a small airplane to take you to and from the Island, will you feel it’s romantic or will that make you feel trapped? Would you cha If you are having doubts about whether or not you should be getting married while at your “Bachelorette” party-maybe you shouldn’t be going through with the wedding? If you think a good way to figure out if your doubts are legitimate, would be to test your feelings by sleeping with someone else-perhaps you already have your answer? If your honeymoon destination requires a small airplane to take you to and from the Island, will you feel it’s romantic or will that make you feel trapped? Would you change your answer to the last question if the man you “tested your theory with” shows up there? 😱 Yes, the premise sounded amazing, especially because the author wrote my all time favorite thriller-“The Kind Worth Killing” but unfortunately, this time around, two stars feels generous! 🙄 And, it really pains me to say that. 😟 I was able to predict where this was headed from the start, AND then the actual resolution was even more implausible than I could have imagined. SORRY. But, I didn’t enjoy how this concluded, at all. Every book has a reader who will love it-this time it wasn’t me-but, perhaps it will be you? Thank you to my Secret Santa for providing a copy! 🎅 This book will be released March 23, 2021

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    It's lonely out tonight And the feelin' just got right for a brand new love song Somebody done somebody wrong song Hey, wontcha play another somebody done somebody wrong song - B.J. Thomas Peter Swanson is a given for me. If I see that he has a new book coming out, I am going to read it. Pure and Simple. I do not even need to know the synopsis because I know it is going to be good! So, imagine my surprise when this one did not blow me away. I still enjoyed it and wonder was it me or the book? Abagai It's lonely out tonight And the feelin' just got right for a brand new love song Somebody done somebody wrong song Hey, wontcha play another somebody done somebody wrong song - B.J. Thomas Peter Swanson is a given for me. If I see that he has a new book coming out, I am going to read it. Pure and Simple. I do not even need to know the synopsis because I know it is going to be good! So, imagine my surprise when this one did not blow me away. I still enjoyed it and wonder was it me or the book? Abagail Baskin is so in love with her millionaire finance, Bruce Lamb, that she a one-night stand with another man while on her Bachelorette weekend. Blaming her actions on alcohol, she goes on with her life and becomes a wife. While on her honeymoon (at a camp where her husband has been before and is part owner) she sees the man, she had sex with on the island. Can things get any messier???? As a matter of fact, yes! yes, they can, and they will! I liked the idea of there being no cell phones or technology, it is your honeymoon for crying out loud, let the sex-capades begin, but at a camp? RED FLAG number one, but at least he did not take her to Camp Crystal Lake! (the couple are horror movies fans in case I lost you there). But...…. An enjoyable book, but it did not entirely wow me. Were my expectations too high because I have loved all the other books I have read by Swanson? Perhaps, they were. The synopsis was intriguing, and some will enjoy this more than I did; so as always, read their reviews as well. Swanson's writing is still spot on, and he has created characters who are not likeable, and he may fool you a little in this book. You may also, if you are like me, see the red flags. Also, for someone who enjoyed watching horror films, Abagail's character learned nothing from them. Heck, I can name ten things off my head that I learned from watching horror films, but I digress... There are some twists and turns here and a reveal which may or may not come as a surprise. Again, enjoyable but I had such higher expectations. This will in no way stop me from grabbing Swanson's next book. He is one of my go to author's and will continue to be! For some reason, even though this did not completely blow me away, I can see this being made into a movie. I think this would make for an enjoyable movie. Thank you to William Morrow and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own,

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    Peter Swanson is a fantastic mystery author, and this was one of my most anticipated reads. Unfortunately, the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze. Abigail is about to wed Bruce Lamb, a millionaire. Three weeks before her wedding, at her bachelorette party, she meets a man called Scottie. One thing leads to another, and they have intimate relations. It’s unfortunate, but Abigail chalks it up to a drunken evening and moves on. Cut to the honeymoon at a luxurious campground...now a wooded paradise. Bru Peter Swanson is a fantastic mystery author, and this was one of my most anticipated reads. Unfortunately, the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze. Abigail is about to wed Bruce Lamb, a millionaire. Three weeks before her wedding, at her bachelorette party, she meets a man called Scottie. One thing leads to another, and they have intimate relations. It’s unfortunate, but Abigail chalks it up to a drunken evening and moves on. Cut to the honeymoon at a luxurious campground...now a wooded paradise. Bruce has been there before, but Abigail hasn’t. Everything is fine until Scottie shows up. It’s best to go in semi-blind, so I’ll leave it at that. While this is an enticing story that is phenomenally written, I knew where it was going about halfway through. The book lacks genuine twists and the characters aren’t very likable. I would have preferred the plot to go in another direction. I enjoyed it enough, but after reading most of Swanson’s books and loving the twists, I expected more. I read a physical ARC of this book. It will be available 3/23/21.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    OMG people...get ready...it now has a blurb and a cover! I can't wait!!! YES! My favorite author! One more reason to look forward to 2021! OMG people...get ready...it now has a blurb and a cover! I can't wait!!! YES! My favorite author! One more reason to look forward to 2021!

  6. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    shhhh say no more after THAT COVER.

  7. 5 out of 5

    JanB

    DNF @25% A truly stupid, unlikable, and boring MC who goes on and on ad nauseam about her past life, including her sex life, and a plot twist I could easily see coming (turns out I was correct), led me to throw this on the dnf pile. I loved several of the author's previous books, specifically The Kind Worth Killing and Eight Perfect Murders so I'll definitely give his next book a try. This was a total miss. DNF @25% A truly stupid, unlikable, and boring MC who goes on and on ad nauseam about her past life, including her sex life, and a plot twist I could easily see coming (turns out I was correct), led me to throw this on the dnf pile. I loved several of the author's previous books, specifically The Kind Worth Killing and Eight Perfect Murders so I'll definitely give his next book a try. This was a total miss.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL COVER! Looks utterly romantic.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    A very appropriate title as it turns out, just a pity I’ve had the Police track ‘Every breath you take’ as an ear worm ever since I started the book! However, the lyrics are so apt. I don’t want to say much about the plot as it’s best to go in blind but suffice it to say it all starts to go wrong at Abigail Baskins hen do (can’t say Bachelorette, I’m British!) in California. She’s due to marry multimillionaire Bruce Lamb in a few weeks on the east coast ... which goes ahead and he duly whisks he A very appropriate title as it turns out, just a pity I’ve had the Police track ‘Every breath you take’ as an ear worm ever since I started the book! However, the lyrics are so apt. I don’t want to say much about the plot as it’s best to go in blind but suffice it to say it all starts to go wrong at Abigail Baskins hen do (can’t say Bachelorette, I’m British!) in California. She’s due to marry multimillionaire Bruce Lamb in a few weeks on the east coast ... which goes ahead and he duly whisks her off to Heart Pond Island for the honeymoon. Abigail narrates the story. I really like the slow burn build up start of this one. It’s quite understated, reflective, almost introspective to start with and very easy to read. Then the pace picks up and you feel little ripples of unease and a few frissons of fear, like a freezing cold draught on the back of your neck. The island feels surreal and dreamlike which echoes Abigails own dreams which contain some interesting imagery. The sense of unreality deepens and you realise that it’s all quite theatrical which Peter Swanson matches in the many film references. Which film are we in? Well, initially it’s a creepy, claustrophobic one with plenty of suspense and tension. Then at around two thirds of the way through it’s a movie that starts to hurtle towards the edge of a cliff a la Thelma and Louise. Although my jaw plummets on occasions too, it starts to become predictable from this point because I’d figured it out. The build up to the end is far fetched, mad, entertaining and certainly bonkers! It feels a bit hysterical or is that me??!! The ending is a bit abrupt, coming to a somewhat rapid halt. As for the characters, I couldn’t get a handle on Abigail, Bruce is undeveloped and I’d have liked more, the nicest characters are Abigail’s parents and best friend Zoe. Overall, the author is a fantastic writer and although I have enjoyed this one enough to warrant four stars I don’t think it’s his best book as his twists are usually unpredictable. In this one they are clear to see and so it doesn’t have the same impact. 3-4 stars rounded up. With thanks to NetGalley and Faber and Faber for the arc for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... 3,5⭐️ Peter Swanson is one of my favorite mystery authors and the one responsible for one of my favorite books of the last years. When "Every vow you break" was announced I think I gave a little squeal, as the premise sounded totally amazing, so I tried by all means (with no success, btw) to get an ARC, cause I couldn't wait till next March to read it. I even included it in my most anticipated books of 2021 list. And then, my not so Se Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... 3,5⭐️ Peter Swanson is one of my favorite mystery authors and the one responsible for one of my favorite books of the last years. When "Every vow you break" was announced I think I gave a little squeal, as the premise sounded totally amazing, so I tried by all means (with no success, btw) to get an ARC, cause I couldn't wait till next March to read it. I even included it in my most anticipated books of 2021 list. And then, my not so Secret Santas made me the most amazing early Christmas gift and provided me with a physical copy! After reading some lukewarm reviews I was a bit afraid to read it and, although I liked it, it is not in the same league as "The kind worth killing", but, being honest, he set the bar very high with that one. The start was quite slow and I found my mind wandering while reading (so much time waiting for it and now you wander? I wanted to slap myself!), but once the honeymoon starts things got more interesting. First of all, a honeymoon in a summer camp? Yeah, a luxurious one, but a summer camp in the end. Really? Girl, run away. NOW! That's not a way to start a marriage! None of the characters were specially likable. I would have liked a bit more development in Bruce's character. He went from zero to sixty in an eye blink! It wasn't hard to predict where the plot was headed and I missed the author's trademark twists and turns I enjoyed so much in some of his previous books. Despite it, the last 20% was completely nerve wracking, so that made up for the lack of twists a little bit. Was the resolution completely implausible and totally bonkers? Yes. Was the ending a bit abrupt? Yes. Was it fun and mildly satisfying? YES. Although it is not my favorite Peter Swanson, the very good and engaging writing made me devour this in less than a day. Thanks, thanks, thanks to my Secret Santas for my copy!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    While on her bachelorette trip, Abigail meets a man and confesses to him that she's having some doubts about marrying her fiancé. After having a one night stand with him, she vows to move forward and marry her finacé, having gotten the doubts out of her system. When her now husband takes her on a surprise honeymoon to a remote island where he knows everyone else there, Abigail starts to feel a little weirded out. When the man she had a one night stand with shows up on the island, she starts to f While on her bachelorette trip, Abigail meets a man and confesses to him that she's having some doubts about marrying her fiancé. After having a one night stand with him, she vows to move forward and marry her finacé, having gotten the doubts out of her system. When her now husband takes her on a surprise honeymoon to a remote island where he knows everyone else there, Abigail starts to feel a little weirded out. When the man she had a one night stand with shows up on the island, she starts to feel REALLY weirded out. I feel like this book is one that's better to go into blind - the less you know, the better! Even the synopsis of the book gives a little too much away in my opinion. I struggled to rate this one, because I did love the writing, and felt like it was very engaging. I (regrettably) stayed up until almost 2am reading the book, even though I had to be up early for work the next day. I've always enjoyed Swanson's writing, and this was no exception. That said, the book lacked the twists and turns I've come to know and love in his books. I felt like the direction the story was headed was very obvious from very early on in the book, and it wasn't my favorite ending of all time. I also felt like the ending was a little abrupt. I was hoping for an epilogue or something with a little more information. Overall, I'd say I'd rate this one 3.5 stars, largely because I did really enjoy most of the book, but felt like the ending and lack of twists and turns was a little bit of a let down. I'd like to thank William Morrow for my advanced copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. You can read this one 3/23/21.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    2.5 disenchanted stars I am a faithful follower of Peter Swanson as his books have put me in that category I call the "don't stop reading and take the book everywhere" shelf. However, this one, while it did entertain me also provided some epic eye rolling moments and even gave me (no Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew genes in this girl) the ability to figure it all out a quarter of the way through. So, for me this one was disappointing. It just didn't have that "oh my god" factor I have come to expect 2.5 disenchanted stars I am a faithful follower of Peter Swanson as his books have put me in that category I call the "don't stop reading and take the book everywhere" shelf. However, this one, while it did entertain me also provided some epic eye rolling moments and even gave me (no Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew genes in this girl) the ability to figure it all out a quarter of the way through. So, for me this one was disappointing. It just didn't have that "oh my god" factor I have come to expect in this author's thriller, or in other words the thrill went on vacation in this one. That being said, I did read the story cover to cover as I wondered how our heroine could be so dumb. I mean one does fall in love at first sight, but really "Scottie" (the besotted one), besides being a stalker, fell for Abigail because she had the same eyes and voice as his deceased wife while Abigail fell into the sack with him a week before her upcoming nuptials! Oh please!!! There were numerous other things that powered my eye rolling moments but I will keep you in the dark as to what they were. Abigail's intended is some sort of billionaire and he doesn't ask her to sign a prenuptial agreement (yea right?. Ok, I lied that was one eye rolling moment).....and he is part owner of an exclusive, hidden away island that the couple will honeymoon at.....and of course it has no internet. It's quite convenient for the dastardly doings about to occur on the island, and add to that, besides one female honeymooner and one female worker, Abigail is the only woman among the men. Me smells a setup! At any rate, suffice to say, this story was tipping towards entertaining, but just lacked the pow zoom of Swanson's previous efforts. Does it deter me from reading his next books? Absolutely not! I will continue to hope that Swanson gets back his mojo that sent many of us into thriller nirvana. Two and a half stars for this one with a thanks to Sam Boush for acquiring it for me through NetGalley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    Is it possible to hate every single character, but still enjoy the book? All the characters are awful. Awful decisions, awful personalities, awful intuition, and yet, somehow this works. The story is addictive because I kinda hated everyone. I couldn't wait for all their secrets to come out and destroy them. This was my first Peter Swanson, but I am totally raiding his back catalogue! Thanks goes to HarperCollins Canada for my ARC. P.S. 💚One character wore a Ween T-shirt and my heart swooned.💚 Is it possible to hate every single character, but still enjoy the book? All the characters are awful. Awful decisions, awful personalities, awful intuition, and yet, somehow this works. The story is addictive because I kinda hated everyone. I couldn't wait for all their secrets to come out and destroy them. This was my first Peter Swanson, but I am totally raiding his back catalogue! Thanks goes to HarperCollins Canada for my ARC. P.S. 💚One character wore a Ween T-shirt and my heart swooned.💚

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    My run of mediocre thrillers in 2021 continues, as this one is actually quite underwhelming in every way. It starts out with an eye roll, as protagonist Abigail sleeps with a stranger during her bachelorette weekend, which her rich fiancé, Bruce, had financed. She is wracked with guilt but decides not to say anything to Bruce about the incident (always a stellar idea 🙄 ). Her situation becomes even more disturbing when her one-night stand starts stalking her, and she has no idea how he found her My run of mediocre thrillers in 2021 continues, as this one is actually quite underwhelming in every way. It starts out with an eye roll, as protagonist Abigail sleeps with a stranger during her bachelorette weekend, which her rich fiancé, Bruce, had financed. She is wracked with guilt but decides not to say anything to Bruce about the incident (always a stellar idea 🙄 ). Her situation becomes even more disturbing when her one-night stand starts stalking her, and she has no idea how he found her as they had only given each other nicknames. At this point, it was rather clear what had taken place - you don't even need to be avid thriller reader to figure it out. Abigail goes ahead with the wedding, but becomes even more scared when she believes that she spots her stalker at her wedding. She hopes to put it all behind her though when she and Bruce go away for their honeymoon to a remote island, but three guesses as to who shows up on the same remote island. It all goes downhill from there, as the island scenes are just hokey with a series of unbelievable events and characters that all lead to an over-the-top, disappointing conclusion. I kept waiting for a shocking twist but unfortunately, there wasn't one. There isn't much more to say about this one - unlikeable characters, weak plot, and unbelievable twists all make this a very lackluster read. I generally like Peter Swanson books, but this one ranks near the bottom. 2 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Woman meets tech billionaire who immediately proposes. Woman cheats on naive tech billionaire on her hen night - doesn’t tell him. Honeymoon time! On a weird island - something’s up… If that summary sounds vague, poorly conceived and plain astoopid, then it’s representative of this novel. I’ve only read one other Peter Swanson novel, Rules for Perfect Murders, and it was pretty decent, so I was wholly unprepared for the boring, instantly forgettable rubbish that turned out to be Every Vow You Br Woman meets tech billionaire who immediately proposes. Woman cheats on naive tech billionaire on her hen night - doesn’t tell him. Honeymoon time! On a weird island - something’s up… If that summary sounds vague, poorly conceived and plain astoopid, then it’s representative of this novel. I’ve only read one other Peter Swanson novel, Rules for Perfect Murders, and it was pretty decent, so I was wholly unprepared for the boring, instantly forgettable rubbish that turned out to be Every Vow You Break. Stilted characters, contrived scenarios, obvious plot twists, huge stretches of dreariness where nothing happened, bafflingly dumb reveals, a garbage final act worthy of M Night, and an underwhelming finale - this book has it all in spades. The premise of the protagonist sleeping with some rando on her hen night was so clearly a setup for something more than it was that it wasn’t surprising in the least. And the further “surprise” made all the male characters look like idiot children that it was more amazing that such drivel saw print or that a writer as experienced as Swanson couldn’t come up with anything better and thought this drek would pass muster as convincing motivation. Beyond the abysmal features of the novel, the absolute worst part was the plodding storytelling. It takes half the novel(!) before anything of note happens - up ‘til then all we see is the premise playing out. Even once things start happening, none of it’s memorable or exciting. If what’s happening comes across as braindead and the characters are uninteresting nobodies - essentially puppets that never convinced you they were real people to even remotely care about - then it’s never going to engage you in the least; and it doesn’t. Despite this crapfest, I haven’t given up on Swanson - I’m sure some of his earlier books are as decent as Rules for Perfect Murders was. But I still highly recommend steering well clear of Every Vow You Break, which was an utterly dismal reading experience. I take that back - maybe the absolute worst part of the novel is the title which never failed to put that annoying Sting song in my head. What a ghastly concoction this book is!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nikola

    🎶 Every move you make and every vow you break Every smile you fake, every claim you stake, I'll be watching you Every move you make, every step you take, I'll be watching you 🎶 is it only me? 🎶 Every move you make and every vow you break Every smile you fake, every claim you stake, I'll be watching you Every move you make, every step you take, I'll be watching you 🎶 is it only me?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    I read Every Vow You Break in one sitting- such is the addictive nature of it, a twisty thriller that gives nothing away, keeping you turning the pages until you can find out what happens.. Abigail is recently married and on her honeymoon, but a mistake she made prior to her happily ever after is about to come back and haunt her.. I really loved this. That edge of unpredictability that Peter Swanson always brings to his devilishly plotted novels is here in abundance, everything that happens has a I read Every Vow You Break in one sitting- such is the addictive nature of it, a twisty thriller that gives nothing away, keeping you turning the pages until you can find out what happens.. Abigail is recently married and on her honeymoon, but a mistake she made prior to her happily ever after is about to come back and haunt her.. I really loved this. That edge of unpredictability that Peter Swanson always brings to his devilishly plotted novels is here in abundance, everything that happens has a creepy undertone to it so you are never sure what may be completely innocuous and what may be important. The island setting with its claustrophobic lack of contact with the outside world adds atmosphere to the narrative that is classically clever. You keep wanting to tell Abigail to run, but you are not sure what from. The ending was hugely satisfying and overall this was an excellent read, short and punchy, confirming this author as one of the best plotters and executioners out there. Recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    “The best sport in the world” -The Most Dangerous Game Every Vow You Break was my most anticipated book of the new year and so I’m thankful to William Morrow for my ARC. This book asked many times, what movie would this moment be? To me, I couldn’t stop thinking about The Most Dangerous Game. This book was about Abigail, a woman who has the perfect fiancé. He is doting, rich, charming, and thoughtful. During her bachelorette party, Abigail makes one mistake with a handsome stranger, but wants to p “The best sport in the world” -The Most Dangerous Game Every Vow You Break was my most anticipated book of the new year and so I’m thankful to William Morrow for my ARC. This book asked many times, what movie would this moment be? To me, I couldn’t stop thinking about The Most Dangerous Game. This book was about Abigail, a woman who has the perfect fiancé. He is doting, rich, charming, and thoughtful. During her bachelorette party, Abigail makes one mistake with a handsome stranger, but wants to put it in the past. She can’t though, because that stranger is popping up in her life. She spies him right before her wedding in New York, and when she’s whisked away for her honeymoon on a private retreat, he is there as well. Does she admit to the affair? Or try to deal with it in her own way? Thoughts: This book was exactly how I thought it would be. The atmosphere was intriguing, the stalker was creepy, and the characters were dumb. I can’t help but yelling at a protagonist who cheats on her fiancé, but then doesn’t think anything bad will come from it. Of course Peter Swanson is a fantastic writer, and the imagery and location capture you from the very beginning. It is slow to set up, but gets more and more interesting as the book goes on. I felt like this book lacked the signature twists of Swanson, and you could tell where it was going fairly quickly. Regardless, I enjoyed the writing and story and read it in a few hours. I loved all of the creepy parts and the small things that made my heart beat faster. I just wish the ending wasn’t so abrupt and the characters were more developed. Nothing can deter me from having Peter Swanson as a go-to author, however I did miss that earth shattering plot twist. 3.5-stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This was an exciting read and I did enjoy it even though I found it a little too hard to believe. I enjoy Peter Swanson’s writing style and although this book was a good read it did lack a few twists and turns to make it a much better read. Abigail Baskin quickly falls in love with millionaire Bruce Lamb, whatever was the attraction and they fly to an exclusive retreat at a friend’s resort off the Maine coast on Heart Pond Island. On getting to the Island, Abigail recognises one of the fellow gue This was an exciting read and I did enjoy it even though I found it a little too hard to believe. I enjoy Peter Swanson’s writing style and although this book was a good read it did lack a few twists and turns to make it a much better read. Abigail Baskin quickly falls in love with millionaire Bruce Lamb, whatever was the attraction and they fly to an exclusive retreat at a friend’s resort off the Maine coast on Heart Pond Island. On getting to the Island, Abigail recognises one of the fellow guests as a stranger she recently met at her own Bachelorette party and was seduced by. Enjoyable read but lacked the usual Peter Swanson magic. I would like to thank both Netgalley and Faber and Faber for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ludwig Reads

    4.5 stars The Woman in Cabin 10 meets Intensity in this terrifying thriller. If you love those “I know what I saw” kind of thrillers, you guys are in for a treat with Every Vow You Break! This one actually made me feel the terror of what it’s like to be stuck in a secluded setting. Even though it doesn’t focus on being “twisty”, it really nails the edge-of-your-seat “what’s going to happen next?!” effect. Also, the main character was clever and a badass!! . However, my one criticism is that the pl 4.5 stars The Woman in Cabin 10 meets Intensity in this terrifying thriller. If you love those “I know what I saw” kind of thrillers, you guys are in for a treat with Every Vow You Break! This one actually made me feel the terror of what it’s like to be stuck in a secluded setting. Even though it doesn’t focus on being “twisty”, it really nails the edge-of-your-seat “what’s going to happen next?!” effect. Also, the main character was clever and a badass!! . However, my one criticism is that the plot doesn’t actually start until about a 100 pages in; the first slow-paced chapters contain more or less of a romantic background that I thought could’ve been reduced to 5-10 pages. But when the suspense element kicks in later on, you won’t be able to put it down! . I think this is the first time where I thought the author really knew how to use a locked room setting to create genuine terror, and I tremendously applaud Swanson for that!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    emily • emilybookedup

    still figuring out my thoughts here! i LOVE his writing style but this one didn’t have his normal twisted thrillers and shocking surprises ☹️ full review to come closer to pub day! thanks to William Morrow for the ARC🖤

  22. 5 out of 5

    Max Birner

    Sounds great! I'm getting The Guest List vibes from the cover, which is definitely a good marketing choice considering how many sales that book got. I'll definitely be looking forward to this one! Sounds great! I'm getting The Guest List vibes from the cover, which is definitely a good marketing choice considering how many sales that book got. I'll definitely be looking forward to this one!

  23. 5 out of 5

    ♡ Kim ♡

    Predictable. Still a somewhat enjoyable read. Bonus points for making me approach my husband with some pretty wild comments and questions. He gave me the look like have you just gone crazy then commented "the book you are reading must be insanely f#%÷ed up". Ha! Predictable. Still a somewhat enjoyable read. Bonus points for making me approach my husband with some pretty wild comments and questions. He gave me the look like have you just gone crazy then commented "the book you are reading must be insanely f#%÷ed up". Ha!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie

    I've been wanting to read one of Peter Swanson's books for quite some time but never seemed to get to them so I was happy when I won his newest in a Goodreads contest. I wasn't sure that I was liking it much at the beginning. It seemed like such a shallow story. But once the pace picks up, I found it quite frightening and couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading more of this author's work. Recommended for a quick, chilling read. I've been wanting to read one of Peter Swanson's books for quite some time but never seemed to get to them so I was happy when I won his newest in a Goodreads contest. I wasn't sure that I was liking it much at the beginning. It seemed like such a shallow story. But once the pace picks up, I found it quite frightening and couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading more of this author's work. Recommended for a quick, chilling read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Peter Swanson is so good at what he does. I've read most of his books at this point, and he's one of the best psychological thriller writers out there. Every Vow You Break is about Abigail, who is about to marry super rich but kinda boring Bruce. Abigail has an oopsie daisy, drunk-and-anonymous one night stand at her bachelorette party. Then the man she hooked up with shows up in New York, even though they never told each other their real names. All of this is just the premise! The rest of the b Peter Swanson is so good at what he does. I've read most of his books at this point, and he's one of the best psychological thriller writers out there. Every Vow You Break is about Abigail, who is about to marry super rich but kinda boring Bruce. Abigail has an oopsie daisy, drunk-and-anonymous one night stand at her bachelorette party. Then the man she hooked up with shows up in New York, even though they never told each other their real names. All of this is just the premise! The rest of the book is even more twisty and outrageous. Sometimes I complain when thrillers aren't realistic, or the twists are too off the wall, but that's actually what makes this book work. Swanson knows how to write a truly bonkers page turner. Definitely recommend. Thanks to NetGalley & the publisher for a copy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I’m sure a lot of people will love this book and I expected too as well I mean it is Peter Swanson after all! I felt like someone else wrote this! Abigail has a fling during her bachelorette party. She gets married anyway. Her husband, Bruce plans their honeymoon to a remote island where everything feels creepy and as the reader is just predictable and sort of boring. The ending for me was a little abrupt as well. I absolutely love Swanson novels so I’m just surprised this one didn’t feel like h I’m sure a lot of people will love this book and I expected too as well I mean it is Peter Swanson after all! I felt like someone else wrote this! Abigail has a fling during her bachelorette party. She gets married anyway. Her husband, Bruce plans their honeymoon to a remote island where everything feels creepy and as the reader is just predictable and sort of boring. The ending for me was a little abrupt as well. I absolutely love Swanson novels so I’m just surprised this one didn’t feel like him and didn’t really work for me. Thanks to Edelweiss for my advanced ebook copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Fenton

    I hate leaving negative reviews because reading is so subjective and it's just my opinion, so I will just say that I read this over a period of 4 hours and unfortunately it just didn't do it for me. I absolutely ADORED A Kind Worth Killing and this will forever be a fabulous pyschological thriller that I happily recommend, but Every Vow You Break was just not a book I enjoyed or believed. I hate leaving negative reviews because reading is so subjective and it's just my opinion, so I will just say that I read this over a period of 4 hours and unfortunately it just didn't do it for me. I absolutely ADORED A Kind Worth Killing and this will forever be a fabulous pyschological thriller that I happily recommend, but Every Vow You Break was just not a book I enjoyed or believed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cassie-Traveling Sister-

    Abigail works for a small publishing company in New York, after a string of failed relationships she meets Bruce Lamb at a coffee shop. Bruce is a self made billionaire he made his fortune in Silicon Valley. They fall in love and are soon engaged after a short period of time. Bruce is different than her past relationships, he’s loyal, kind, honest and wealthy. Bruce pays for Abigail and a few friends to head to california for her bachelorette party. There she meets “Scottie” after too many drink Abigail works for a small publishing company in New York, after a string of failed relationships she meets Bruce Lamb at a coffee shop. Bruce is a self made billionaire he made his fortune in Silicon Valley. They fall in love and are soon engaged after a short period of time. Bruce is different than her past relationships, he’s loyal, kind, honest and wealthy. Bruce pays for Abigail and a few friends to head to california for her bachelorette party. There she meets “Scottie” after too many drinks she ends of sleeping with him. Giving each other fake names she doesn’t worry, it was just a one night stand. Back in New York she’s shocked, she sees Scottie at a coffee shop and he writes her an email. She goes on with the wedding and heads off to the honeymoon with Bruce, he has planned everything. The honeymoon in on a remote island off the Maine Coast, no Internet and no phones, it’s so the guests can enjoy the more simple life. With an exclusive chef and lots of alcohol Abigail chooses to put “Scottie” behind, until he shows up. Determined to not let him ruin her new marriage or her honeymoon she tries to ignore him, but soon she sees life spiraling out of control and everything she though was true wasn’t real and the only thing she can compare it to is a real life horror movie. Oh my gosh I seriously finished this book in one day. The twists and turns had me questioning every persons motive! The book sent chills down my spine and I was soaking in every disturbing detail! Five stars!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Luana Filgueiras

    3.5 * Before I start this review, I just want to make it clear that I’m a huge Peter Swanson fan. He’s one of those authors I turn to when I need something comforting and twisty. He’s also the nicest guy ever, as I had the pleasure of leading a group discussion with him last year and he was kind enough to answer all of our questions and interact. (If you were in that discussion group, you know what I’m talking about). With that being said, I feel like 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐯𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤 lacked his signature twis 3.5 * Before I start this review, I just want to make it clear that I’m a huge Peter Swanson fan. He’s one of those authors I turn to when I need something comforting and twisty. He’s also the nicest guy ever, as I had the pleasure of leading a group discussion with him last year and he was kind enough to answer all of our questions and interact. (If you were in that discussion group, you know what I’m talking about). With that being said, I feel like 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐯𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤 lacked his signature twists and cleverness. It was well written and super quick (@emilybookedup and I buddy read it in a day), but something was definitely missing. This one was all about Abigail Baskin, who lucks out when she meets a nice millionaire in New York City, who seems head over heels in love and quickly proposes. But things get complicated when she cheats on her fiancée with a handsome stranger at her own bachelorette party. This stranger then begins a cat and mouse game by stalking Abigail, insisting that they belong together after that one night stand. I did love the writing style here (per usual)- it was binge worthy, engaging, and with lots of dialogue. What I didn’t love were the lack of twists, some plot holes that Emily actually brought to my attention, and the fact that I had a difficult time suspending belief and visualizing the island they were at. If you’re fairly new to thrillers, I think you’ll enjoy this one! If you’re seasoned like me, I’d recommend you start off with 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠, my favorite of his. Thank you @williammorrowbooks for this gifted copy! Really appreciate you, Bianca 💕 𝐩𝐮𝐛 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟐𝟑, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 READ IT IF YOU WERE A FAN OF: 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐧 𝟏𝟎 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐞𝐝𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Note: This book will be published March 23; I read an advance readers' edition. I have read and loved every one of Swanson’s books and this one did not disappoint. Abigail is about to marry a dreamboat millionaire and ends up cheating on him at her bachelorette party. The stranger she had the affair with shows back up and then things get really weird on her honeymoon. The main “twist” to this book was odd but worked, especially in today’s culture (will have to read it to understand Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Note: This book will be published March 23; I read an advance readers' edition. I have read and loved every one of Swanson’s books and this one did not disappoint. Abigail is about to marry a dreamboat millionaire and ends up cheating on him at her bachelorette party. The stranger she had the affair with shows back up and then things get really weird on her honeymoon. The main “twist” to this book was odd but worked, especially in today’s culture (will have to read it to understand what I mean).

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