The Kind Worth Killing
From the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart--hailed by the Washington Post as crime fiction's best first novel of 2014"--a devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder that is a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith's classic Strangers on a Train.
On a night fl ...more
Others have pointed out that perhaps Lily's father had discovered the well. There seem to be hints to this - he mentions going out and raking leaves, he wakes up screaming in the night, and he writes in his letter that he loves her no matter what. He may have found Brad's body and is letting her know he supports her and the evidence will be taken care of. It's eerie, but possible.(less) (hide spoiler)]
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The Kind Worth Killing is a smart, well-crafted psychological thriller. Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train should be all over this novel (but I thought Kind/Killing was much better than the bestselling-but-forgettable Girl/Train).
The story opens with a man and woman, Ted and Lily, chatting in an airport lounge. Ted is upset because he recently found out his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him. Lily encourages him to talk, and says she'll help hi ...more
We are brought up to believe that murdering someone is the worst thing we could ever do, but is it? If a person is leaving a wide wake of broken hearts and battered spirits and in some cases much, much worse, is it really the worst thin ...more
I'm tired of the same tropes of alcoholic, unreliable, "just out of a coma" characters. Tired of the words "women, she, girl, wife" in the title. Tired of boring female characters. Tired of the plot revolving about her being a mom or a wife.
I went into this book expecting it to be a typical thriller. Entertaining but a bit predictable... Well i ...more
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a psychological thriller that will have you guessing until the end!
Just who are the kind worth killing?
If you haven't read this book, I recommend skipping my review and the blurb. There aren't any big spoilers here, but going in blind is probably the best...
The story starts out with Lily and Ted. The two strangers come together for a game of truth which tu ...more
Ted Severson meets Lily Kinter on a flight. He finds her to be both attractive and intriguing. Over drinks he shares with her that his w ...more
I’d taken enormous risks in the past two weeks, and I was lucky to have gotten away with them. But now I was done. It was over. I would live a quiet life and make sure that no one could hurt me again. I would continue to survive, knowing, as I’d known that night in the meadow, the stars pouring their light down on me, that I was special, that I was born with a different kind of morality. The morality of an animal—of a crow or a fox or an owl—and not of a normal human being.Peter Swanson, au ...more
not at all bad for a sickbed one-day read!
i am very glad i decided that one of my 2019 reading goals should be to start reading through the backlog of nookbooks i've been accumulating over the years. i'm even a little glad i got sick enough to feel zero regrets or guilt in giving myself a free pass to spend the whole day in bed, reading, which is not ...more
Murder here.....Murder there.....Murder everywhere in this page-turning mystery-thriller! I was surprised more than once, thoroughly entertained from beginning to end, and even found myself rooting for the devious and dangerous little psycho killer.....well, most of the time.
This book is so nasty and fun, with twists and turns everywhere, and I loved it! Ju ...more
I became very invested with the one in The Kind Worth Killing.
Ted Severson is a millionaire guy who recently learned his beautiful wife, Miranda is cheating with his new home building contractor. He's at the airport awaiting his flight from London to Boston and feeling angry, hurt, and drowning his sorrows in his martini when he meets Lily Kintner ...more
Two strangers meet in an airport bar,
Ted confesses his wife is cheating on him and that he wishes she were dead,
Lily offers to help...
This was fun, the characters intriguing, the twists good, and that ending? It made me smile! I enjoyed it a lot, and couldn't see where the plot was going! There were certainly some very unlikeable characters here, with interesting ...more
Essentially, this book is about a man and a woman teaming up to kill the man’s wife who’s be ...more
Hey guys, I just read the next Gone Girl!!!! Nah, just kidding. This one was actually a retelling of an oldie . . .
which I didn’t even realize was a book. Some booknerd I am, huh? Anywho, to me there is no greater timesuck than a Hitchcock movie marathon and Strangers on a Train is one of my all-time faves.
At the airport bar before a trans-Atlantic flight, Ted meets Lily. After having one too many cocktails, Ted starts dropping tr ...more
Ted and Lily met on a flight back to the States. He shares that he recently found out his wife is cheating on him with his contractor. Ted is rich and Miranda a young and beautiful woman. In his devastation he tells Lily (jokingly) that he would kill his wife for her cheating and is surprised when Lily agrees and supports this decision. From then on the story turns darker and what f ...more
All things in the universe line up like stepping stones for you. The right/wrong people at the right/wrong time. And this is how it plays out for the main character of Lily. She dips her fingers into the pond and the concentric circles of ripples take their effect.
"Chet, can you do me a favor?" I don't think that I'd ever used his name before, and the word sounded strange in my mouth, like a swearword I wasn't supposed to say. And so it begins.....
Peter Swanson takes us for a ...more
I would describe The Kind Worth Killing as a cluster fuck of mayhem that I absolutely loved. Peter Swanson takes us on a twisty turn-y action packed thriller that begins with a simple conversation between two strangers at an airport bar. After wealthy, and when I say wealthy I mean absurdly filthy stinking rich, Ted Severson confesses after one too many martinis to a beautiful mystery woman on the bar stool beside him that he caught his wife cheating on him, quickly following with a fli ...more
Swanson has created a sensual thriller where 2 strangers meet at an airport and decide to play a game of truth telling. It quickly becomes a recipe for the murder of a spouse. Through brilliant twists and turns and various characters, the story comes together and is ...more
This book isn’t a bad psychological thriller; I just wasn’t wowed. Okay, okay, it IS twist city, and yes, that was great fun. The characters are deliciously wicked and creative in their evil ways. The writing is straightforward, and the story flows easily--no wrong moves here. The author tells a riveting story. But, but…
Each chapter title is the name of a character wh ...more
This is a faced paced, keep you guessing, edgy cat n mouse psychological thriller.
I was hooked when I read the jacket, two strangers meet at an airport bar, waiting for their very delayed flight. They start talking, Ted confesses his intention to kill his wife after catching her in the act with another man…… the other stranger (Lily) offers to help him kill her…….
It is best to go into the book without reading reviews. You think you know where this is ...more
“I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.”
― Peter Swanson, The Kind Worth Killing
This first-rate domestic thriller has never gotten the attention it deserved. It won a couple of awards when it was released in 2015, but T ...more
I must admit near the beginning of THE KIND WORTH KILLING by PETER SWANSON had me feeling a little bit uncomfortable and questioning the motives of our devious, scheming, and manipulative main character, Lily. I just didn't know if I could get passed the planning stages and the idea that it was okay to murder someone and Lily’s dispassionate comment that Miranda, seems like “the kind worth killing” ...more
I’ve had some bad luck lately with psychological thrillers so I was almost hesitant to listen to this. But no worries. It captured my interest from the get go. I mean, you’ve basically got two people plotting a murder a la Strangers on a Train. Ted wants to kill his wife because she cheated on him. And Lily, well, Lily just wants to help for some unknown reason. This is a woman who has only met Ted on an airplane flight so there’s no reason she should want to help.
The book starts with alternati ...more
This last month I seem to be paying off my debts with the thriller genre, reading all the ones I didn't read at the time they were published and let me tell you...BEST DECISION EVER!
Some weeks ago on a thread about unexpected twists it was said that "The kind worth killing" had the best unexpected twist ever, so obviously I had to know what it was all about.
When you hear about unexpected twists you think about something happening at ...more
Two strangers (Ted Severson and Lily Kintner) begin talking to each other in a lounge-bar at London’s Heathrow airport. While their flight is delayed they begin to tell each other a little bit about themselves. Ted mentions that he is married and that he thinks his wife Miranda is having an affair with the house contractor, Brad. Ted says, in an offhand way, that he would like to kill his wife Miranda. Lily replies, “I think you should”. Is she joking? She offers to help him. When they get on th ...more
While reading this brilliant novel i was thinking about my own mortality & how easy it would be to be pushed so far by people who you thought you knew but didn't ? WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THIS HAPPENED TO YOU!!
I was so taken with this book i just could not stop even to cook di ...more
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