cover image Every Vow You Break

Every Vow You Break

Peter Swanson. Morrow, $27.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-298003-8

This suspenseful thriller from Swanson (Eight Perfect Murders) explores a familiar genre theme—the consequences of entering a marriage with a guilty secret. As Abigail Baskin faces her approaching wedding to wealthy Bruce Lamb, she’s wracked with guilt over sleeping with someone else during her bachelorette party weekend. Her situation becomes even more fraught when that one-night stand, whom she only knows as Scottie, starts stalking her. After Scottie sends Abigail an email suggesting they share a deep connection and she should cancel the nuptials, she goes ahead with the wedding, but fears Scottie’s continuing obsession with her. She hopes for a respite when Bruce spirits her away for their honeymoon on a Maine island, but that’s dashed when Scottie appears there as well, setting in motion a deadly series of events that imperils her life. Credible, fully realized characters and tense situations compensate for plot twists that aren’t as memorable as in Swanson’s best work. Many readers will devour this page-turner in one sitting. [em]Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel & Weber. (Mar.) [/em]