Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Published: February,  2015

Hardcover, 312 pages

My Rating: 4/5 stars


Goodreads Book Description:

A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. This is a modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart.

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark 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.”

From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

My Thoughts:

Yes!!! I love stories like this!!! I’ll start of by saying that if you are a fan of the book, Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train, this one is for you! This story caught me off guard because, for some weird reason, I wasn’t expecting much. But I was sucked in fast!

By chapter 3, page 34 I knew it was going to be good when I read: “Why was the taking of a life considered so terrible? In no time at all there would be all new people on this planet, and everyone who was on the planet now would have died, some terribly, and some like the flick of a switch. The real reason murder was considered so transgressive was because of the people that were left behind.”…..yes!!! To me, that passage reads just like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock story. The main character, Lily, makes Amy Dunne from Gone Girl seem like the girl next door.

The twists and turns of the storyline were fantastic…some I saw coming, others I didn’t at all. And the ending….perfection! This is a definite recommendation for me if you are on the hunt for an entertaining mystery/thriller.


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