Hey everyone and welcome to another book review! Today we’re looking at “The Kind Worth Killing” by Peter Swanson. I actually listened to this on Audible whilst I was doing some Christmas DIYs. I think the total audio time was about 11 hours.
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 Kitner. 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 these soon 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.
Goodreads rating: 4.02/5
My review: 5/5
I listened to this via audiobook as I was DIY-ing some Christmas gifts. Firstly, the audiobook form was great. The narrators were fantastic and were able to depich the emotion of the story completely. As for the actual storyline, I loved this book. You move through this book listening to the perspectives of both Ted and Lily as their relationship grows. It’s definitely one of those books you can’t put down (or stop listening to) once you’ve started. There is always something happening, some new action or some twist in the story to keep you hooked.
In terms of the ending, it definitely didn’t go the way I expected but I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t a stereotypical ending and I appreciated that. This story is one that’ll stay on my mind for a while, I’ll definitely be looking in to more books by Peter Swanson!
5/5 for me, definitely recommend to anybody looking for a thriller/mystery book.
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