Book Review of: The Kind Worth Killing
The Kind Worth Killing
By: Peter Swanson
Overall: This book is a seductive, twisting, turning, psychological thriller where you think you know what is going to happen, but you are always surprisingly wrong. In the bar, while waiting for the flight from London to Boston, the wealthy Ted Severson meets the beautiful Lily Kintner. They chat in the bar and switch
seats on the plane to be able to keep talking on the long flight back to Boston. After many martinis, Ted tells Lily about his marriage to Miranda, how they are complete opposites as people. She married him for his money and he married
her for her looks. But, now Ted thinks she is cheating on him. Venting to Lily, he tells her that if his wife is in fact cheating, we wishes he could kill her. Instead of believing that it was just the martinis and Ted’s frustrations talking, Lily calmly agrees to help Ted kill his wife. Once they get back to Boston, they make secret plans to meet again, but go their separate ways until the meeting. In the meantime, Ted finds out for sure that his wife Miranda is in fact cheating on him with their contractor. Then him and Lily secretly meet up and start making solid plans on how to go about killing Ted’s wife. They want everything to go perfectly so they do not get caught. They don’t even want anyone to find out they even know eachother, so they are very careful. Why would Lily even help Ted with this crime you might be wondering? Well, I won’t give too much away, but Lily has lots of dark secrets from her past that make her a willing participant in committing
this murder of Miranda. There are lots of surprises in this book that you won’t see coming. You may think you know where things are going, but you will be dead wrong.
Ovations: The author, Peter Swanson, has written a book full of unlikeable characters, but because it is so well written, you get invested in the characters, understand them, and even care about what happens to them. The chapters are written from alternating character’s points of view. So that really helps you understand each character and what they are like because you get to know what they are thinking and seeing. The smart author knew that writing it this way is key to you caring about these characters and getting invested into this storyline, which you really do. While this book does have many shocking major twists and turns, they are very well written and totally make sense in the overall plot of the book.
Oh Well: The only issue I had with this book was the very end. While I can’t go into details of course, I can say that it is somewhat open-ended. It’s not a cliff hanger or anything. There is no sequel, it does actually end. However, you really don’t
know for sure the exact ending. It is not all tied up in a neat bow for you. I personally do not love unclear endings.
Opinion: This is a fast paced, smartly written, psychological thriller. It is a roller coaster ride full of surprising twists and turns. You believe that the book is going to be about one thing, but it turns into something else. It is suspenseful and interesting and a book you don’t want to stop reading, because you need to know what happens next. The Kind Worth Killing is definitely a book worth reading! Rating 10 out of 10.