Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

the-kind-worth-killingWhat’s it about?

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

Not so long ago I read Strangers on a Train with the intention that I would read this one soon after….for their apparent similiarities in plotting the perfect murder and then getting away with it.

Told from multiple points of view (depending on who’s alive at the time!!) Lily’s character is incredibly dark; she must be socio or psychopathic whichever one that it is enables people to plot and carry out murders at the drop of a hat without feeling a shred of remorse or guilt.  Ted is….well he comes across as a nice guy but then what kind of nice guy sits down and plots a murder with a stranger, but despite this I found myself rooting for him. And Miranda, well she’s the kind of character you’ll hate immediately and will hope she gets everything coming to her.

Everything was going swimmingly and I was well into the story and even supporting Ted in his revengeful plot (despite being immoral and illegal) until a significant event happened and this really turned me off the story.  I cannot fault the author and his decision or story-telling, this is entirely me and down to my expectations and what I wanted for the outcome.  Following this event I lost interest in the characters and couldn’t have cared less who killed who.

Despite my falling out with the story I can’t take away that it’s still a very cleverly crafted novel with unexpected twists, loads of suspense with very dark but almost humerous moments.

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  1. 21st October 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I love the sound of this book, but it is a terrible idea to plot a murder with a stranger! 🙂 Sorry to hear an event turned the story into a flat one for you. I hate when this happens, because you start to care about the characters and get engrossed in the story and suddenly a decision from the author leaves you going “No. Nope” and kills it for you.

  2. 22nd October 2016 / 3:55 pm

    Exactly…however just because I didn’t like the outcome doesn’t make it a bad book 🙂

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