The latest from Boston suspense writer Peter Swanson is Before She Knew Him, a twisty thriller about a bipolar woman named Hen whose new neighbor might have murdered a high school student a few years back. She’s got some hangups of her own, though, having previously gone too far with a murder accusation. The book’s out Tuesday, but early reviews are pretty universally positive, calling it a dark, fast-paced mystery in the cat-and-mouse style favored by Patricia Highsmith. Publishers Weekly calls it exceptional.
The reading is free and open to the public but the bookstore insists that people register beforehand anyway. I have no idea why and find the practice very off-putting.