Title: Every Vow You Break

Author: Peter Swanson

# of pages: 320

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Date of publishing: 18th March 2021

Published by: Faber & Faber

Abigail is engaged to Bruce, who is a tech start-up billionaire. Until she met Bruce, her life was mediocre. They have a whirlwind romance and, everything changes in her life. One week before the wedding, she goes for a bachelorette party in California with her girlfriends. But in a weak moment, she gives in to the temptation of sleeping with a stranger. 

The next day she realizes her mistake and starts preparing for the wedding in full swing. Scottie is has found her in New York. He sends her a heartfelt email a few days before her wedding. With fear in her heart, Abigail gets married and goes with Bruce for her honeymoon. They go to a remote camping island off the coast of Maine. Along with them arrives at the stalker. 

Abigail is on the edge when she sees Scottie, and to top it, she doesn’t even feel comfortable on the island with the employees hovering over the guests. She is moving from a bad situation to a worse one. 

Swanson can weave an intriguing story with a twist that the reader can never see it coming. His other works, The Kind Worth Killing or Eight Perfect Murders, are examples of such writing. Every Vow You Break creates a chilling and tense atmosphere. 

Throughout the book, the readers will get hints which will create doubt in readers. But soon, they are proved wrong. Thus the reader will be of two minds while reading it. The book has very few lead characters, and most of them are not very likeable. But it’s the premise and the atmosphere that keeps the reader engrossed until the last page. 

I set the book on Heart Pond Island off the coast of Maine. It has no internet or phone access. The guests in the resort have little modern technology, including electricity. However, they have sumptuous food. But the entire idea of the island is to reconnect with nature and get away from their screens. 

It is a good book, but Swanson’s previous has set the bar too high. It might have fallen a little short of that, but it’s still a thriller that keeps the reader engaged.  

If you haven’t read Peter Swanson’s book yet, pick up this chilling thriller to read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Thank you, NetGalley and Faber & Faber, for the copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


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