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Every Vow You Break

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  5,420 ratings  ·  1,239 reviews
Abigail Baskin was in her early twenties - working two jobs to make rent on the crummy apartment she shared with two strangers, saddled with crippling student loan debt, and nursing a secret desire to become a novelist - when she met Bruce Lamb.

A freshly-minted tech millionaire from Silicon Valley, Bruce is completely genuine, completely generous, and completely in love wi
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Published March 16th 2021 by Faber Faber
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Mukta Mohapatra He is wealthy and I'm sure he had a will in place. Since he didn't trust her, he probably didn't leave anything to her. His Dad likely got everything.…moreHe is wealthy and I'm sure he had a will in place. Since he didn't trust her, he probably didn't leave anything to her. His Dad likely got everything.(less)
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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 ...more
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
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
daph pink ♡
With a 3.51 rating we can all agree that this book isn't great ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
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?

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 a wooded paradise. Bru
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
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
OMG people...get now has a blurb and a cover! I can't wait!!! YES! My favorite author! One more reason to look forward to 2021! ...more
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.
ELLIAS (elliasreads)

Looks utterly romantic.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Emily May
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Carolyn Walsh
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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
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
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Abigail Baskin is just your average girl who randomly meets a older millionaire one day named Bruce. He falls madly in love with her and wants to pay off all of her debts. She does love him and care for him, but not nearly as much as he feels for her. She reasons that there is always one person in the relationship that loves one more than the other. What could possibly go wrong in this situation? ( Red flag #1)

When it comes time for her Bachelorette party, Bruce insists that he choose the place
Katie B
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Larry H
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
One of the core messages of Peter Swanson's newest thriller, Every Vow You Break , is pretty simple: lying gets you every time.

I have loved a number of Swanson’s thrillers, so I was eagerly anticipating his newest one. But wow, this one just didn’t work for me in the slightest.

Abigail is set to marry Bruce, a wealthy man a few years older than she is. She never thought she’d marry someone with that much money, but that’s not what attracted her to him—it’s his stability.

While in California for
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.
💚One character wore a Ween T-shirt and my heart swooned.💚
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam Quixote
Feb 25, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
🎶 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?
Liz Barnsley
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
This is a Suspense Mystery to me. The beginning reads more like a Women's Fiction book then a mystery or a thriller. I did get pulled into this book very quickly. This book is very fast moving. The only character that is really developed is the character (Abigail) we follow, but that is how this story is mint to be to keep the suspense. I have to say the ending is really high suspense and fast pace. I really enjoyed the ending, but I did not think it was Thrilling. Overall, I really enjoyed the ...more
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
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
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Peter Swanson is the author of six novels including The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year, and his most recent thriller, Eight Perfect Murders. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Th ...more

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