The Real Michael Swann

The Real Michael Swann

In a new novel from New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon, a suburban family is rocked in the wake of a terrorist attack on American soil.

On a typical late summer day, Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband, Michael, when the call abruptly goes dead. Then the news rolls in: A bomb has gone off at Penn Station, where Michael was waiting for a train home. New York City is in a state of chaos.

A frantic Julia races to the city to look for Michael, her panic interwoven with memories of meeting and falling in love with the husband she's now desperate to find. When someone finds a flier she's posted and tells her they may have seen her husband, her dreams seem to be answered. Yet as she tries to find him, her calls go unanswered.

Weaving between the aftermath of the explosion and Julia's memories of her life with Michael, new developments raise troubling questions. Did Michael survive the explosion? Why hasn't he contacted her? What was he doing when their last call was cut off? Was he—or is he still—the man she fell in love with?

Part family drama, part tragic love story, and part disaster narrative that hits terrifyingly close to home, The Real Michael Swann is a deftly plotted suspense novel with an unflinching portrait of a marriage at its heart, challenging us to confront the unthinkable--both in our country and in our own homes.

Title:The Real Michael Swann
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About Bryan Reardon

I write psychological thrillers. The stories tend to surprise me. Taking a left when I signaled a right. Life when I felt death nearby. The characters are not alive. They do not exist. Yet I try to slip into their skins as I write. Mining for the emotions that flood during times of stress and tragedy and adventure. When the journey ends, a hole opens. A sense of deep mourning. And from those ashes

    The Real Michael Swann Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    "I move, I thought. Therefore, I must live."This was one emotionally charged and powerful story, one that is well needed in this age of fear mongering and social media. The heavy handed digital footpr...

  • Larry H

    One moment, Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband, Michael. He's calling from New York's Penn Station, where he's waiting to catch a train home after a job interview, but the trains are signifi...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4.5 stars! I couldn’t put this book down!Wow! This was a fast-paced, edge of your seat, gripping and suspenseful story. It had me glued to the pages from start to finish. I LOVED how this was narrat...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    4.5 Stars!THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN by BRYAN REARDON was an extremely gripping, intense, and suspenseful story that had me totally engaged and interested right from the very first chapter. I was totally ...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister

    One Group / Two CouleesNorma and I read The Real Michael Swann with six of our traveling sisters and we had some different views on this one. This time in a coulee, I didn’t end up in the same coule...

  • Carrie

    Michael and Julia Swann had gone through some big changes in their lives but were both loving parents that would do anything for their boys. As Julia waits for Michael to come home from the city one e...

  • Diane S ?

    Although this is a fast moving story, and did a good job describing the terror a wife feels when after a terrorist attack, her husband is missing, this book missed the mark for me . To much running he...

  • Susanne Strong

    3 StarsMichael Swann is in Penn Station, on the phone with his wife Julia when the unthinkable happens. An explosion. A terrorist attack. Just like that the line goes dead and Michael appears to be mi...

  • Holly  B

    2.5 STARSI'm just going do write a little mini-review of this one.I thought the premise of a terrorist attack and the mystery of what happened to Julia's husband, Micheal was an interesting one.She wa...

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    Well there is a twist! Or is it a decoy???Is your husband a homegrown terrorist? Has life in Corporate America become so overwhelming that he has become so revolted with the world and bitter that he c...