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The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

About the Book- The Kind Worth Killing

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 Trainfrom 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. 

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“Everyone has a full life, even if it ends soon. All lives are complete experiences.” 

Quote from the book-The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Our Review of The Kind Worth Killing

Warning: Heavy Slow burn ahead 😛 Yes, the book does cook on slow fire but I am not sure whether I did like the dish equivalent to the anticipation and time it took to prepare. Technically the book has got all the right ingredients but I felt something was missing which made it impossible to reach its full potential. The book takes you through a whole lot of twists and turns and unexpected turns of events. It is all good. in fact too good that you start to think that the end game would be epic but somehow everything comes down to it, everything kind of seems ….meh!

Do not take that the book is bad. It is just that I was perhaps expecting something different from the book and what I got was pretty much down the ladder than what I had wanted. The characters are powerful and definitely are the reason why you want to keep on reading. The book just builds on the shoulder of the female lead who is literally taking forward the story with her weird yet interesting persona.


In conclusion, I would say that the book is good and a slow-burn psychological thriller but somehow it isn’t reaching its full bloom and there is definitely a dip in the middle and lots of characters coming and going too. But then this again is a total “Me” thing. So I would say there isn’t harm in trying the book as if for nothing, the female lead would really take your brain for a spin.

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