Friday, February 19, 2021

Every Vow You Break

 Every Vow You Break 

Author: Peter Swanson

Publisher: William Morrow and Custom House

Publishes: March 23, 2021

This book made me uncomfortable and creeped out - but not in a good way.

Synopsis: Abigail never thought she’d fall in love with a millionaire. Then she met Bruce. 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.

Spoilers ahead.......

As the story unfolded, I thought it might turn out to be some kind of take off on the old short story The Most Dangerous Game (people being hunted like big game for sport). But it wasn’t exactly that. This was about a group of very rich men with fragile egos terrifying women and putting them on trial for their sexual histories. No thank you. 

I felt like there was just this whole underlying sense of misogyny running throughout the book and maybe that was the author’s intent. But do we really need a story of men calling women sluts and whores and getting off on hunting a woman and putting her on trial?  I just found it uncomfortable and exhausting. I really liked Swanson’s other books especially The Kind Worth Killing and Eight Perfect Murders. This one was just a total miss for me. 

Thank you to @netgalley , the author, and William Morrow and Custom House for the  advanced reader copy. This book publishes March 23rd.

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