Summary

"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."

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson review: appetite-satisfying

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a mystery thriller fictional novel set in the United States. The book was published by William Morrow in English on February 3, 2015.

It is a rare book in which I found myself rooting for the killer. Whether it is the story, or the author’s way of presenting it, or both, I cannot say. And this was the reason for my broken heart after I finished reading it.

The story captures my attention from the very beginning – two strangers plotting murder onboard a flight from London to Boston. The twists and unexpected turns in the plot are enough to keep one glued to the pages of this novel. The plot loses its speed a bit towards the middle but soon picks it back up. There are crosses, and then there are double-crosses. All-in-all, it is an appetite-satisfying read.

We need more of those limericks the detective wrote. They were kind of interesting to read, bringing a funny element to an otherwise macabre story.

All the major characters, from Ted and Miranda Severson to sociopathic serial killer Lily, and Brad Daggett, are presented with their vivid flaws, which is how it should be. One does not like them at all, but there is no reason not to find them interesting given their maliciousness. No human is perfect, and the author has successfully managed to web a sinfully interesting plot amongst all the chaos.

To sum it all up, this book is of the kind worth reading. A definite page-turner.

Purchase your copy of The Kind Worth Killing. Also, refer to its Goodreads listing.

Cover image courtesy of William Morrow.

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