... an A-list domestic thriller ... Before She Knew Him burns slowly but brightly from the first paragraph. You won’t find a good place to stop reading. The pacing is so well staged that the pages flow one into the next until you’re sliding feet first into the story with no hope of attaining any sort of traction. If that isn’t enough, Swanson lobs a few hand grenades into the proceedings during the final quarter of the book, just to make sure you’re still awake. You will be, and you’ll never meet the new folks on the block again without thinking of it.