I guess this novel would be characterized as a mystery or thriller. Except there's not much mystery - the killer is revealed, at least to the reader if not to the other characters, before the book's halfway over. So, a thriller, then? Except it wasn't very thrilling, either. The story revolves around Kate Priddy, a British woman who is recovering - or trying to - from a recent (?) trauma. She accepts an apartment swap with a second cousin in Boston. When she arrives, she discovers that her cousin's next door neighbor (now her next door neighbor) in his ritzy apartment building has been murdered. The reader is privy to what Kate finds out about the ongoing police investigation, as well as what several other characters know, as the point of view switches several times. Probably the biggest problem I had with this novel is the dialogue - almost none of which rings true. Characters who have just met reveal deep, dark secrets about themselves; the police detectives easily share elements of their investigation with whoever asks. I give this book 3 stars because there is an interesting story to be told here, it's just not told very well. I've had Swanson's previous novel, The Kind Worth Killing, on my want-to-read list for awhile; now I'm not so sure. Can anyone who's read both tell me if that one's better than this?