About the book:
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.
Well I didn’t see that coming!
Honestly… this one took a turn. A complete 180 for me. Like it makes sense, but at the same time it’s freaking outlandish. I love books like that!
Now let’s talk about plot baybee- I read this one pretty close to HER DARK LIES and at first I was worried that it would be similar. It’s not-like at all. This one focuses on the honeymoon more than the actual wedding. From the synopsis I already knew this one was gonna be messed up- and it was definitely that. The beginning reminded me of my favorite thriller (also by Swanson) THE KIND WORTH KILLING while the latter parts brought The Parent Trap and THE LAST TIME I LIED to my mind. While HER DARK LIES is more of a ‘lighter’ read, I found EVERY VOW YOU BREAK to be more dense- the setting also helped with that.
Speaking of setting, an isolated island in the middle of the dense woods does not scream idyllic honeymoon to me. But hey to each their own. I blame almost every thriller I read- because an innocent copse of trees is now a sinister death trap to my mind. I did like the images of a luxurious lodge juxtaposed with the eerie woods though. And that pool?! I’d find it claustrophobic, but also awesome.
Okay, now we get to the part that I’ve been wanting to write; the characters.
Abigail- girl, you totally aren’t ready to get married. And I don’t blame you! Bruce was a little too intense from right off the bat. She is flawed and not totally blameless. At one point, I was screaming at her in my head. Also at one point, I totally thought Swanson was going to make her an unreliable narrator and I internally sighed.
Bruce- Ummm… SO MANY RED FLAGS! Seriously- as I was reading his soliloquy (IYKYK) I kept saying red flag, Red Flag, RED FLAG!
Scottie/Eric- if there’s a mashup of ‘Issues’ by Julia Michaels and ‘Scotty Doesn’t Know’ by Lustra it would be this dude’s theme song.
As I said earlier, the denouement, (I’m extra- deal with it) freaking threw me for a loop. Don’t @ me for that being a spoiler, because I NEED TO GET IT OUT THERE!
The resolution explained A LOT and to me it felt like it came a little fast, but that’s probably because I read it super fast also.
Mash ups: THE KIND WORTH KILLING, The Parent Trap, THE LAST TIME I LIED and Every Breath You Take by The Police.
April is my month for #bookboombesties and I picked this! Here’s my dream cast:
2 thoughts on “EVERY VOW YOU BREAK by Peter Swanson my review, casting and playlist”
I think one of my favorite thing about your reviews is the fact that you cast it and make a playlist for it so that even if I don’t necessarily think the book itself is my cup of tea, I have the ability to get the FEELING behind it!!! You do such a great job with these (and somehow always make me want to read thrillers even though I know they’d scare me to death haha)
aww thanks! 🙂