Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.
Soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own—curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet he’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London.
When she reaches out to her cousin, he proclaims his innocence and calms her nerves–until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment and accidentally learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? What about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jet-lagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination full of dark images caused by the terror of her past, Kate can barely trust herself, so how could she take the chance on a stranger she’s just met?
I was searching for an audiobook to listen to while on a long airplane ride. I recently read Peter Swanson’s newest book Before She Knew Him and thought it would be fun to try one of his older titles.
Kate Priddy and her cousin Corbin Dell decide to swap apartments for a few months. Kate lives in London and Corbin is in Boston. Moments after Kate’s arrival to the US she learns that Audrey Marshall has been killed. Not only is Audrey a resident of the building that Kate will be living in for the next few months, Kate discovers she lives right next door!
I loved that the narrator of this story used a British accent for Kate. It really helped to highlight that she is a virtual stranger to the city of Boston. Unfortunately, her welcome to the US is overshadowed by her murdered next-door neighbor. Frankly I think she was crazy to to stay in her cousin’s apartment after learning of the murder. I would have been on the first flight back home to London!!
This story appeared to be going in one direction and it seemed pretty clear-cut who the killer was. However at one point I got to thinking, is it really that cut-and-dry? Or is there a twist I am not seeing? I started running though all the characters trying to figure out if they could possibly be the murderer. My lips are sealed as to the identity of the murderer, you will have to read it for yourself to see how it turned out.
This was the perfect audiobook for my travels. It was not overly complicated and easy to jump in and out of when I needed to.
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Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 1/10/2017
*Book 1/20 in the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge.
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