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All the Beautiful Lies
All the Beautiful Lies: A Novel | Peter Swanson
From the acclaimed author of Her Every Fear and The Kind Worth Killing comes a diabolically clever tale of obsession, revenge, and cold-blooded murdera sly and brilliant guessing game of a novel in the vein of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Patricia Highsmith. Harry Ackerson has always considered his stepmother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an "otherworldly" way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years. Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think its suicide. Devastated, Harry returns to his fathers home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help each other pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father. Shortly after he arrives, Harry meets a mysterious young woman named Grace McGowan. Though she claims to be new to the area, Harry begins to suspect that Grace may not be a complete stranger to his family. But she isnt the only attractive woman taking an interest in Harry. The sensual Alice is also growing closer, coming on to him in an enticing, clearly sexual way. Mesmerized by these two women, Harry finds himself falling deeper under their spell. Yet the closer he gets to them, the more isolated he feels, disoriented by a growing fear that both women are hiding dangerouseven deadlysecrets . . . and that neither one is telling the truth.
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angel1
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My grandson Weston loves to roll his cars over my books!😂

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww so sweet 💙💙💙 1mo
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krismlars
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My reaction when I finally came to the sentence on page 228 that verified the epiphany I had back on page 112. Also, these people are f*cked up.

LiteraryinLititz I just read another book by Swanson but I totally did NOT see the twist coming! Good for you! 2mo
krismlars @LiteraryinLititz which book was it? I've read Her Every Fear. Honestly, I'm not sure how much I like Swanson's books, but I met him last year at a book festival and he lives in my town, so I *want* to like the books. 2mo
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krismlars
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I had an epiphany while thinking about this story in the shower! Now I must read all evening to see if I'm right...

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

Harry returns home to #Maine after his father dies suddenly in what may or may not have been an accident. An intriguing start and interesting characters unfortunately devolves from there into too many ridiculously damaged and sexually inappropriate people. It veered too far from believable for me.

#ReadingUSA2019

Librarybelle That‘s a shame, but at least Maine is checked off the list! 5mo
Kaye You are doing great 👍🏼. Doesn‘t sound like a book for me but at least it‘s another off your list. 5mo
Pamwurtzler Sorry you didn‘t have a better Maine book! 5mo
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mrdavidcharles
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Mehso-so

It started off really well but the plot got a little silly. I enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing much more. Still a fan of Peter Swanson. Taken out from Bethnal Green library.

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mrdavidcharles
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Looking forward to starting this one. I read The Kind Worth Killing two years ago and loved it.

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MaceyT15
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Peter Swanson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint. Even with mixed reviews, I stuck through this one and ended up loving it! I found the story compelling and gripping. It reflects real life and these types of stories happen every day. While I understand some may see the relationships as controversial, I do not. I applaud the boldness of his storylines!

CarolynM Sounds interesting. 6mo
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TheLibrarian
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Another great book by Peter Swanson! Harry comes home after the death of his father. He feels that his beautiful stepmother is hiding something but what could it be? Full of deceit and lies, you never know what‘s the truth.

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Mehso-so

This was a pretty disturbing book. I was shocked when I found out who the killer was. And the ending was crazy. This was a page-turner but definitely hard to read at times which is why it has a so-so rating. I need to read something light-hearted after this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

k.reads.5 Great review. I've been seeing a lot of buzz about his new book, Before She Knew Him. 7mo
Ashley85 @pl.2886 thanks, I‘ll have to check it out! 7mo
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LiteraryAries
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Love his other books! Excited to start this one, also my beautiful Valentine roses from my husband!

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Gissy
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Last book read in Buzzawordreadathon clue word was lie.Another psychological thriller, so go blind.The actions motive and the end can be described as crap, impossible or absurd to occur.However, the way the author develop those criminal error thinking process were so interesting that I really enjoyed it because sociopaths or antisocial persons can think that way.Well integrated the "Then & Now" (present & past) but some things were just crap 3.5⭐️

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Acarreader
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Loved

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gradcat
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And finally, the one I‘m reading next....

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emmaturi
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I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it! A thrilling read! #books #redbook #thrillers #bookcovers #lovetoread

Reviewsbylola I love Peter Swanson! 12mo
emmaturi I will definitely check out his other books now! @Reviewsbylola 12mo
Reviewsbylola His first two blew me away. The third wasn‘t as good imo but I‘m also sick of thrillers. 😂 12mo
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sophierayton
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Mehso-so

This book has the ICK! factor. While I appreciate it is fiction, I thought the concentration of the type of characters he wrote was completely unbelievable.
I almost didn't finish and I'm not particularly glad that I did, but I did and it was ok. Not the worst book I've ever read, and certainly not the best.

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swishandflick
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I always find Peter Swanson's books compulsively readable and All the Beautiful Lies was no different! It isn't a "shocking twist" kind of thriller, but it was paced well and the backstory got steadily more creepy as it went. Nothing earth-shattering, but a quick, entertaining read.

Librariana "Compulsively readable" is a phenomenal description for an author's writing style! 1y
Reviewsbylola I need to get this! 1y
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swishandflick
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I've been in Asheville this week hanging out with my mom so I haven't had a ton of reading time. It's raining today so I'm out on the porch enjoying the sound of it through the trees (so much more relaxing than NYC!) and sinking into the new Peter Swanson 👏🏽

Leftcoastzen I love Asheville so much..Malaprop‘s 1y
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Kappadeemom
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@Reviewsbylola got me hooked on this author, so I am reading all of his books 👍❣️❣️ #dogsoflitsy #jackthedorkie

SledgeReader @Kappadeemom Total cuteness in the puppy department! 😍Wish mine would pose with a book. 🙃 1y
Kappadeemom @SledgeReader He gets sooo tired of the pupparazzi 😂 1y
Reviewsbylola I am totally ashamed that I didn‘t realize he had a new book coming out. 1y
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I loved Peter Swanson‘s new thriller! 😃 Henry‘s father dies unexpectedly so he returns to Maine for the funeral and gets to know his fairly new step-mother. We also get the step-mom‘s backstory of an unusual adolescence. Excellent set of characters and just the right amount of drama. This is a top notch thriller! 4 1/2 🌟

MBurbo I can‘t wait to read this! 1y
ReadZenRites I just bought this on my Nook. So glad you liked it! 😁💕 1y
NatalieR @MBurbo @ReadZenRites Hope you both enjoy it! 😃 1y
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I.readalot
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A new Peter Swanson thriller always makes it to the top of my list of books to read. This intriguing story held me captive from start to finish. Loved it! So far, this and The Kind Worth Killing are my favourites of his novels.

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Amaryie
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I don‘t think the synopsis is completely accurate on this one, but lucky for me, I go in not knowing much about the books.

Read my 4-star review of All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2402808066

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Fancypants
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Panpan

Not impressed.

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Jess7
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💥 KINDLE DEAL ALERT 💥 The ebook #AlltheBeautifulLies by #PeterSwanson (author of #TheKindWorthKilling ) is only $3.99 today on Amazon! 🎉🎉 #kindledeal #kindledeals #ebookdeals #ebook #sale #onsale #ebookdeal

This is “... a diabolically clever tale of obsession, revenge, and cold-blooded murder—a sly and brilliant guessing game of a novel in the vein of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Patricia Highsmith...” #TBR #suspense #thriller

Jess7 @JoScho - this sounds good and it‘s on sale today! 1y
JoScho @Jess7 thanks for the tag! I enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing. 1y
TheRomantiCate @JoScho @Jess7 thank you so much for sharing!! I loved The Kind Worth Killing as well 🤓🤩 1y
everfree7 I enjoyed this book. 1y
kyraleseberg Thank you so much for sharing this!!! 1y
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OneBookishBabe
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Mehso-so

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I was hoping to end up enjoying this book and honestly despite the fact that it had some questionable moments I was, all the way up until that ending 🙅🙅🙅
#4in48Readathon

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OneBookishBabe
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I can't tell if I'm actually enjoying this or if I'm just hate reading.

Please tell me I'm not the only person to hate read a book? #4in48Readathon

MsLeah8417 Are you not enjoying the Readathon? 1y
rekahlee Actually I know what you mean. I usually bail on books that elicit *no* feeling, but I always finish the ones I hate. A WTF reaction is sometimes just as fun as the OMG ones 😃 1y
tammysue I know, I didn‘t finish this book. 1y
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OneBookishBabe @MsLeah8417 readathons are so new to me however I found that I do really enjoy them. 1y
OneBookishBabe @whatshesreadingnow what didn't you like about this one? 1y
tammysue Well.. I thought the writing was off. And I didn‘t like a single character lol. To me there‘s too many books to read than waste time on mediocre stories. 😊 1y
OneBookishBabe @whatshesreadingnow I totally understand. 1y
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I'm trying to get into this book I really am. However it's only so many times I want to read about how pale a characters skin is.

#4in48Readathon
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everfree7
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Definitely creepy and twisted!! Read this in one day. I‘ll be checking out the author‘s previous novels.

Jess7 Definitely checkout The Kind Worth Killing. It‘s very good! 1y
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guinsgirlreads
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Mehso-so

It took me awhile to get into this one, and I didn‘t really like the characters.. but when it does get going it‘s has some good twists.

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guinsgirlreads
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The rest of this book will be waiting for me when u get home from work 😔✌🏻

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guinsgirlreads
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Sunday Funday 🛀 📖 🍷 #amreading

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JenReadsAlot
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Another great book by this author! Not quite The Kind Worth Killing but close!

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everfree7

Found this at the library and the description sounded so good that I couldn‘t pass it up...

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Velvetsun
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⭐⭐
The book was well written, but all over the place and rambling. I appreciated the final twist, but by that point, I was ready for the book to be over.
P.S. Listened to this an an audiobook, and the narrator was horrible. That might be part of the reason this was a miss for me.

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Velvetsun
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Jeez.
I seem to have hit a wall with audiobooks. I have started several this week and not one of them have hit the mark.
I am bound and determined to finish this one....and hopefully it gets better.

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LaceyDoesLit
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Check out my latest #bookreview at LaceyDoesLit.com!
#books#bookworm #booknerd #bookish

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BooksAtNight
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A dark and twisty tale of obsession and murder. The book is absolutely a slow burn; instead of action scenes and car explosions, Swanson focuses on developing the characters‘ backstories. The chapters go back and forth between the present and the past, which contributes to the “slowness” of the story. If you‘re looking for a character driven story looking at the dark side of humanity, give this a try. (ARC from Edelweiss)

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BooksAtNight
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Just got approved for this ARC! I have heard many good things about Peter Swanson so I‘m pretty excited for this thriller! #arc

Jess7 I enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing alot 2y
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GirlWellRead
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Swanson excels at character development and this novel is no exception. He has a gift for writing characters that are boarder on being psychotic, yet believable. There is a cleverness and preciseness to Swanson's storytelling without being overly dark. With just enough plot twists, the story is not predicable or confusing. If you like psychological thrillers, I encourage you to pick up this, or any of Peter Swanson's other books.

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Mrscastro
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Life has been a bit hectic lately and this latest book mail brightened my day! I was so excited to see Peter Swanson had a new release! Love his books! @HarperCollins