17 Oct 2020

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Book Review / The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. Fans of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train will love this modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart—which the Washington Post said “should be a contender for crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014.”

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.

But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .

Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda's demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.

Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

Published:     3rd February 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned




I just can't stop reading books by this author.  I think is the the last one to pick up... until the next new one!!  There's just something about his writing style and the plot that draws me in every time.

In this story, we follow Ted who meets a mysterious stranger named Lily and after drinking and sharing secrets while waiting for their flights they both decide to become a team.  Ted reveals that he is sure his wife is having an affair and wants her out of the way.  Lily says that she can help with that.

There are quite a few twists and turns in this story which, to be honest, I had guessed most of them but maybe I was supposed to?  What I loved the most about this story (and honestly all of this author's novels) is that even if you have guessed what is going to happen next it doesn't matter.  That doesn't spoil the fact that I enjoy the journey the author is taking me on in this story and I want to see it through to the end.  

A truly gripping thriller that kept me hooked right to the very last page.