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Given a traumatic history, itís understandable that Kate Priddy assumes the worst, that ďbad people happen to meĒ. Seeking respite from a near-death experience with a deranged boyfriend, she leaves her London flat for a six-month exchange at an apartment in Boston.
The suggestion comes from her cousin, Corbin Bell, when his job assignment offers the opportunity. Worn down by the emotional energy required to take back her life, Kate hopes the switch will present a new beginning, the nightmares and lurking fears of the past left in London. Refusing to be defeated by agoraphobia or the jaw-grinding panics, detritus of her ordeal, Kate is determined to try something new, even signs up for art classes while in Boston.
(if slightly overwhelmed) at the size and luxury of Corbinís apartment, Kate arrives, sketchbook in hand, amused by the contrast between this extravagant place and her tiny London flat. The cousins have actually never met, in contact currently only by email. So far, everything seems perfect but for the news that one of Corbinís neighbors, Audrey Marshall, has disappeared. Kate is more disquieted when she learns that Audrey has actually been murdered. Quelling the fears that arise, Kate resorts to the tools her therapist has taught her, turning as well to sketching to calm her nerves, keep things in perspective. Unfortunately, Kateís new home isnít quite so welcoming any more. Resisting the siren call of fear, the inevitable violent dreams, and the instinct to avoid others entirely, Kate decides she can manage this unexpected complication
and let Corbinís place be home, at least for the next six months.
Given her proximity, Kate is at the center of this drama as a more elaborate scenario evolves from disparate angles and characters, people, and events intersecting in unexpected ways. So near the scene of the crime, Kate gets caught up in it, her personal history affecting her reaction. Intending only an adventure in another country, Kate is challenged to manage what has turned into a potentially sinister environment. Her reaction to unexpected circumstances is credible from the moment she steps over the threshold of the Boston apartment. Even with a murder investigation next door, the intrusion of the police and their interest in interviewing Corbin, Kate manages her discomfort, refusing to concede to the nightmares or paranoia that have ruled her life for too long. Encouraged by this progress, she is more confident.
A number of colorful personalities inhabit the pages of a mystery that ranges from London to Boston, a young womanís murder yielding more questions than progress. Pivoting from one perspective to another, Her Every Fear is filled with conflicting motives and events, new acquaintances weaving in and out of the investigation. Kate worries about whom to trust and whom to fear. The characters--even the deceased Audrey Marshall--are finely choreographed, facing one twist after another as the killer remains elusive. The result is an above-average thriller, a tangled web, innocent Kate caught unawares. Might the killer be a stranger, that overly familiar tenant down the hall, or Corbin Dell, the cousin she has never met, come back to kill her? Kateís past and present collide as she wanders the dark rooms of an unfamiliar apartment, her terror reawakened. With nowhere to hide, the menace draws closer.