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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. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Happy book birthday! And here comes my semi unpopular review! 🙈🙈🙈 3.25 stars stay as 3 it was totally above average but I hate the guts of her heroine and reading about past sexcapades stars! I was so close to give 4 stars and like this book a little more because of: - Slow burn high tension story telling and the delicious second half when things get uncontrollably delirious, shockingly lunatic! You keep popping your eyes, holding tightly your dropping jaw and screaming like Jamie Lee Curtis - Hau Happy book birthday! And here comes my semi unpopular review! 🙈🙈🙈 3.25 stars stay as 3 it was totally above average but I hate the guts of her heroine and reading about past sexcapades stars! I was so close to give 4 stars and like this book a little more because of: - Slow burn high tension story telling and the delicious second half when things get uncontrollably delirious, shockingly lunatic! You keep popping your eyes, holding tightly your dropping jaw and screaming like Jamie Lee Curtis - Haunted island premise, cut out of civilized world, weird stuff members lurking around , the place slowly closes on you were also perfect definition of escalating high tension thriller! - Movie references of the story also worked so fine for a horror movie fan for me! I wish the heroine used her inner knowledge to save herself from the predicament faster! - The blurb was intriguing! You have one night naughty stand at your bachelor party and the guy gets obsessed with you enough to stalk you at your own wedding and honeymoon! Yes, another batshit crazy character alert promises us an intriguing suspense story ! But... yes, here comes my ominous but... If I didn’t read the author’s previous amazing works, I wouldn’t be tough bitchy grader! Those perfect and extremely nail biting, perfectly mind spinning books raised my expectations so much! I want something rock my world, make me forget my own reality! This book was okay but not freaking good! I enjoyed the last parts which were whirlwind, mind numbingly action packed! But let’s be honest, the main twist we’re talking about it’s not even a twist! We can see it, feel it, even we can touch it from the beginning! There are so many red flags flying around the heroine like Disney cartoon blue birds promising something awestruck! And from the beginning, Abigail was flat and not so adorable character to connect with! When a gazillionaire proposes you to pay your student credits, telling you this is the love at first at your first meeting, you should look around to find where the candid cameras placed before accepting his offer. That girl might be so narcissistic who can easily think everybody falls for her so easily or she must be the biggest fool accepting her too good to be true relationship and her husband’s weird honeymoon choice! Overall: it’s still one of the good and smart thrillers I’ve recently read! I’m telling you guys, you may think dnf this book but please don’t! It’s slow burn and it deserves more of your patience. If I liked MCs just little bit more and if I get through the first third a little happier, I could give it more points without thinking any further. But I compared this book with the author’s previous works which made me leave at semi-satisfied state!

  3. 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

  4. 5 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,

  5. 4 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    Out of the 6 Swanson books I've read, 4 were 5 stars! This is the only one that didn't work for me! *So I'm upgrading to a 2 star (because others my enjoy it more than I did). I can't believe that one of my favorite authors wrote this book! I hate writing this review, but this book was so out of sorts. The first half was like a bad women's fiction, repetitive and uninteresting. The second half was even worse, nothing thrilling, but definitely ridiculous. I did manage to finish this book. I wanted Out of the 6 Swanson books I've read, 4 were 5 stars! This is the only one that didn't work for me! *So I'm upgrading to a 2 star (because others my enjoy it more than I did). I can't believe that one of my favorite authors wrote this book! I hate writing this review, but this book was so out of sorts. The first half was like a bad women's fiction, repetitive and uninteresting. The second half was even worse, nothing thrilling, but definitely ridiculous. I did manage to finish this book. I wanted to give it a chance (chapter after chapter), wondering if it would suddenly surprise me and turn into that Swanson page turner (sadly, no). I would like to read his next book to see if its more on tract with his past novels! Lacking and predictable in so many ways. Throw in a creepy bunch of friends/cult and a honeymoon with so many unexplained plot holes and why not just add some graphic encounters?! I would love to hear others thoughts about this book. This one is OUT on March 23, 2021. Arc from NG

  7. 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!

  8. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    shhhh say no more after THAT COVER.

  9. 4 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL COVER! Looks utterly romantic.

  11. 5 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.

  12. 5 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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    "Seriously, you need to tell Bruce about this. You need to get off that island." I'll start with, simply: I enjoyed Every Vow You Break. Quite a lot, actually, but I can also see right away why a lot of people won't. I think realistic expectations will help going into this. If you ask me, this book barely belongs in the mystery/thriller genre. I'd say Swanson is moving away from that genre and taking a good few steps into horror or dystopia with this book. There's nothing supernatural in the "Seriously, you need to tell Bruce about this. You need to get off that island." I'll start with, simply: I enjoyed Every Vow You Break. Quite a lot, actually, but I can also see right away why a lot of people won't. I think realistic expectations will help going into this. If you ask me, this book barely belongs in the mystery/thriller genre. I'd say Swanson is moving away from that genre and taking a good few steps into horror or dystopia with this book. There's nothing supernatural in the story, per se, but it does veer off into a highly implausible (though, for me, compelling) plot. I came up with a comparison I like. Did you enjoy the 2020 film The Invisible Man with Elizabeth Moss? I found that film absolutely riveting, awful, anxiety-inducing... impossible to look away from. Obviously, it's also a kinda wacky concept, and I think Every Vow You Break has a similar vibe. It's also about the messed up gaslighting emotionally-abusive shit that men do to women. If that sounds acceptable to you, step right up. But it now makes complete sense to me why the average rating for this book is pretty low... because I imagine most people went into this expecting a standard twisty thriller. In fact, I'd say this is far more fear/tension/action-based than it is based on clever twists. The first twist is so transparent that I'm actually not 100% sure it was supposed to be a twist. The book follows Abigail Baskin who is marrying Bruce, the man of her dreams. He's a wealthy, stable, good guy and they're about to spend their life together. Then Abigail does something stupid. At her bachelorette party, she gets drunk and sleeps with a man she's just met. But it was a one time thing, a terrible mistake, and she intends to forget all about it. Until that same man turns up on the idyllic honeymoon island where she is vacationing with her new husband. Until he keeps following her. Until she sees a fellow guest on the island running through the woods, bleeding. Trapped on the island with her new husband, the guy she had a one-night-stand with, and who knows what other horrors, Abigail has to find out what is going on and learn the true identity of the man who refuses to let her go. It's some scary shit, I'm telling you. This whole creepy island setting with cabins in the forest has a real Friday The 13th feel to it (the original 1980 one; I haven't seen the others). And it is ultimately about the lengths men will go to in order to control and punish women. If you're on the lookout for a clever psychological thriller, I would skip this one. Give Swanson's The Kind Worth Killing or Before She Knew Him a go instead. I almost lowered my rating to factor in what I know other people's disappointed reactions will be to this book, but it would be disingenuous. I rate based on how I feel, and I couldn't put this one down. Would make a great film, I think. As well as the emotional abuse and gaslighting noted above, an additional warning for mentions of suicide.

  14. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, I must say that I found this book ghastly and not in a good way. The plot was implausible and unpleasant, its conclusion was crazy, and I found none of the characters remotely likeable. People were almost never what they seemed, and neither was the idyllic honeymoon setting. Abigail believes she is in love with tech billionaire Ben, who clearly adores her. He is kind, generous, stable, a workaholic, and somewhat naive. Her parents are delighted that their wedding is upcoming. A couple of w Well, I must say that I found this book ghastly and not in a good way. The plot was implausible and unpleasant, its conclusion was crazy, and I found none of the characters remotely likeable. People were almost never what they seemed, and neither was the idyllic honeymoon setting. Abigail believes she is in love with tech billionaire Ben, who clearly adores her. He is kind, generous, stable, a workaholic, and somewhat naive. Her parents are delighted that their wedding is upcoming. A couple of weeks before the wedding, there is an elaborate bachelorette party where Abigail has too much to drink. She is beginning to have second thoughts about her approaching marriage. Does she truly love Ben, or is the marriage based more on his wealth, enabling her to have a secure future? She becomes sexually involved with a stranger she meets at the party. They have used false names. She regrets the one-night-fling and decides to go ahead with her marriage to Ben. She puts the stranger who she calls Scott out of her mind, relegating him to a drunken mistake and decides not to confess to Ben. To her dismay, she believes she caught a glimpse of him at her wedding. For their honeymoon, Ben takes her to an exclusive retreat for the very wealthy. It is located on a small island about a 20-minute flight off the coast of Maine. It is a luxurious resort partly owned by Ben as a relaxing retreat for tech millionaires and other wealthy businesspeople. There is plenty of gourmet food, expensive liquor, wooded trails, and a wonderful pool and sauna. Cell phones and computers are not permitted. To Abigail, it begins to seem slightly strange and later creepy. There is only one other female staff member and another honeymoon couple. She meets the other female guest, who seems distressed. There are far more male staff members to attend to them and provide them with every comfort than there are guests. Abigail becomes alarmed and horrified to see that Scott is now a psycho stalker who has followed them to the resort. He claims to be madly in love with her and that they are destined to be together. He says he felt a passionate connection to her and knows she felt the same. He threatens her, saying he will inform her husband about her unfaithfulness unless she sleeps with him one more time. Then she will realize that they are meant to be together forever. Abigail is firm and angry with him, telling him it will never happen. This causes a change in Scott, who becomes reasonable to the extent Abigail almost feels she can trust him. Later she sees the other female guest outside her window. She seems distraught and injured. When Abigail goes outside to help her, the woman runs away. The next morning the young woman is missing, but Abigail is assured by the staff that what she saw was not real and that the woman is fine and has left the island. Ben does not believe his wife and considers her delusional. Abigail pleads with her husband that they leave the island immediately. He agrees but tells her the plane cannot take them until early next morning. When they reach the airfield, Scott shows up and wants to board the plane. What happens next is completely bonkers and absurd. I can understand that some readers will be entertained and pleased with this weird and dangerous twist, but it was too over-the-top for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    If I had not read any of Peter Swanson's previous books, I probably would have rated this one higher than I did. As it stands, I have read them and this one just isn't as clever or as intriguing as the brilliant The Kind Worth Killing or some of his others. I found Every Vow You Break to be predictable. I didn't really like any of the characters, they all did horrible things and lied about them. I know we're supposed to root for Abigail, but when the book starts off with her recalling cheating o If I had not read any of Peter Swanson's previous books, I probably would have rated this one higher than I did. As it stands, I have read them and this one just isn't as clever or as intriguing as the brilliant The Kind Worth Killing or some of his others. I found Every Vow You Break to be predictable. I didn't really like any of the characters, they all did horrible things and lied about them. I know we're supposed to root for Abigail, but when the book starts off with her recalling cheating on her fiancé during her bachelorette weekend, I couldn't get on her side. I pretty much figured out all of the twists before they happened, and some of the events are just downright silly. The ending...well it is kind of a head shaker/eye roller. Overall though this is definitely not one of Swanson's best. I think it would make a fantastic Lifetime-style horror movie, especially one where you yell things at the screen like "Why are you doing that?" "Don't go in there!" "Don't trust him!" I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  17. 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    I'll admit I don't have a perfect rating system. I just kinda go with my gut and tend to place a high value on how much enjoyment I got out of the reading experience especially when it comes to mysteries and thrillers. Every Vow You Break was a popcorn eating type read and that means even though it went in a less than satisfying direction, it still was a fun read for me. The key word in that sentence is me. I totally get why other readers are unhappy with this thriller even though despite the fl I'll admit I don't have a perfect rating system. I just kinda go with my gut and tend to place a high value on how much enjoyment I got out of the reading experience especially when it comes to mysteries and thrillers. Every Vow You Break was a popcorn eating type read and that means even though it went in a less than satisfying direction, it still was a fun read for me. The key word in that sentence is me. I totally get why other readers are unhappy with this thriller even though despite the flaws, I liked it. Abigail is engaged to millionaire, Bruce Lamb. While attending her bachelorette weekend festivities, she sleeps with another man. Whoops! Looking on the bright side, after her drunken one night stand, Abigail is determined to put it behind her and fully commit to spending the rest of her life with Bruce. But there is a kink in her plan as the man she slept with tracks her down and insists they belong together. Sounds like a problem for Abigail! The premise hooked me in right away as you just know Abigail's life is about to get crazy if stalker guy is going to stick around. The problem with the story is you have a general sense of the direction even if you can't predict the extent of how bonkers things will get in the end. Even I was disappointed the author chose what I consider the easiest path for this thriller. I didn't bother to pinpoint the moment when things started going downhill but my estimation is I was thoroughly entertained by 3/4 of the book before I got a meh feeling. I don't want to defend the book and I don't want to analyze it to death. I simply enjoyed the reading experience despite not liking everything about the story.

  19. 5 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.💚

  20. 5 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.

  21. 5 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!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I've read every book written by this author and he's usually got a surprise or two tucked within the pages of his mystery/thrillers. This was no exception, but it will require a huge suspension of disbelief at the unbelievable twisted turn the novel takes after a very slow build in the first half. Abigail Baskin's wedding to the very wealthy Bruce Lamb is in three weeks, and she heads off to her bachelorette weekend with friends to a lovely winery that her fiance has paid for. While there, she ge I've read every book written by this author and he's usually got a surprise or two tucked within the pages of his mystery/thrillers. This was no exception, but it will require a huge suspension of disbelief at the unbelievable twisted turn the novel takes after a very slow build in the first half. Abigail Baskin's wedding to the very wealthy Bruce Lamb is in three weeks, and she heads off to her bachelorette weekend with friends to a lovely winery that her fiance has paid for. While there, she gets drunk (!), flirts with a stranger she meets on the patio, and ends up sleeping with him. As she hads back to begin her life of luxury with Bruce, she puts the one-night stand out of her mind, rationalizing it, and determined never to let Bruce know that she was having a bit of cold feet about the upcoming marriage. After a lovely wedding, the bride and groom head off to the honeymoon that Bruce has carefully planned -- the remote and secluded Heart Pond Island, accessible by plane and off the coast of Maine. The honeymoon starts off well, but then Abigail notices that Bruce is just a little too familiar with the place and that she is one of only a handful of women there with the rest of the guests and staff being male. Then, suddenly, that one-night-stand appears on the island begging to speak with her, insisting that they share a connection, and threatening to tell Bruce about what happened at the California winery. Abigail is freaked out and very worried. NO SPOILERS. I probably would have liked this better if I'd found one shred of sympathy and care for Abigail. She was a complete twit and that made it very difficult to buy into the antics she gets up to later in the story. In short, there was no one to root for and my jaw dropped when I saw where the plot was going. So, a disappointing read but probably more-so since I had such high expectations going in and had save this for a long time to read closer to publication date. Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow and Custom House for this e-book ARC to read and review. I've not given up on Peter Swanson, and hope this was just the wrong one for me at this time.

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Peter Swanson is a go to author for me, ever since I read and loved The Kind Worth Killing. That books set the bar very high but I have enjoyed every single one of his books. When I heard about Every Vow You Break I was desperate to get my hands on it - big thank you to Allen and Unwin for sending me a copy to devour. This was a read in one sitting book for me, highly addictive and crazy, just as I like them. Abigail and Bruce have a whirlwind romance and within 6 months of meeting they are engag Peter Swanson is a go to author for me, ever since I read and loved The Kind Worth Killing. That books set the bar very high but I have enjoyed every single one of his books. When I heard about Every Vow You Break I was desperate to get my hands on it - big thank you to Allen and Unwin for sending me a copy to devour. This was a read in one sitting book for me, highly addictive and crazy, just as I like them. Abigail and Bruce have a whirlwind romance and within 6 months of meeting they are engaged. They are madly in love but on her Bachelorette party she makes a mistake that is going to cost her dearly. Bruce has arranged the honeymoon at an exclusive resort on Heart Pond Island, off the coast of Maine. It is remote and there or no phones or wi-fi. The idea is to relax and get away from reality. Abigail is shocked when her mistake comes back to haunt her on her honeymoon and has to stop Bruce from discovering her secret, so soon after they married. This will be a honeymoon like no other, one that nobody will forget. The ending is wild, it is out there and it is unbelievable. If you can suspend belief and just go with it you will love this book just as I did. We read to escape so for me it was fun. The characters are not the most likeable either, but they are not meant to be. Highly recommend, you will not want to put it down

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    3.5⭐ Okay, almost 4 stars! This was a fun book on audio and it went by fast. I grew to like Abigail, the mc despite her flaws. She's the one who's getting married to a millionaire, but had a one night stand during her bachelorette weekend. After the wedding, Abigail seems to put that incident behind her until the guy shows up where Abigail and her husband were on their honeymoon. I would say this book is quite dark for Peter Swanson compared to his other books. Like on the verge of being a horror 3.5⭐ Okay, almost 4 stars! This was a fun book on audio and it went by fast. I grew to like Abigail, the mc despite her flaws. She's the one who's getting married to a millionaire, but had a one night stand during her bachelorette weekend. After the wedding, Abigail seems to put that incident behind her until the guy shows up where Abigail and her husband were on their honeymoon. I would say this book is quite dark for Peter Swanson compared to his other books. Like on the verge of being a horror. The plot seems to be very controversial as reflected on the general rating. But I did enjoy it. I don't think it's fully a 4 star novel because the ending was not very believable.

  27. 4 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

    Two stars rounded up. I never thought that I would be giving a book authored by Peter Swanson a "two-stars-rounded-up" review, but I just did. "Every Vow You Break" begins with a very compelling story line: The protagonist (a bride-to-be) sleeps with a man she met at her bachelorette party. After this sexual encounter, the man appears to be infatuated with her.- showing up at her wedding and very, very remote honeymoon destination. When the protagonist tells the man that she is not interested in h Two stars rounded up. I never thought that I would be giving a book authored by Peter Swanson a "two-stars-rounded-up" review, but I just did. "Every Vow You Break" begins with a very compelling story line: The protagonist (a bride-to-be) sleeps with a man she met at her bachelorette party. After this sexual encounter, the man appears to be infatuated with her.- showing up at her wedding and very, very remote honeymoon destination. When the protagonist tells the man that she is not interested in him and to please leave her alone, the man tells her that he will stop stalking her if she sleeps with him one more time. And the "believable" happenings in this book end here. Yes, after the protagonist politely tells her stalker to disappear, the book completely falls apart. Unfortunately, it's impossible to convey how/why the book's ill conceived premise was ridiculous and preposterous without revealing major spoilers. I listened to the audiobook read by Karissa Vacker, one of my favorite narrators. Karissa Vacker did an outstanding job with the book's narration and, quite frankly, this book would have been a DNF for me if it had been read by a different narrator. Peter Swanson is a very talented writer and we all know that he could do better. Hopefully, his next book will be the 5-star read that readers were seeking this time around.

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