Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Posted August 28, 2015 by Bethany in Recommendations, Reviews / 0 Comments

The Kind Worth Killing Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swansonby Peter Swanson
on February 3, 2015
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Genres: Suspense, Thrillers
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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 Kintner. 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 soon these 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.


Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. This book. This chilling, intoxicating, thrilling, addictive book. The Kind Worth Killing is the novel of 2015! The unique cast of characters, the plot twists, the setting, and Peter Swanson’s captivating writing style made this book one of my top ten favorites of the year. Seriously people, read this now!

I think one of the many reasons I loved this story so much was because I could relate with the main character, Lily, so well. I was able to put myself in her shoes. I would never, ever do the things she does, but some of her actions have crossed my mind just for a split second in the past when a person wronged me. I think that is normal for most people, just most people would never follow through.

‘We understood that survival was everything. It was the meaning of life. And to take another life was, in many ways, the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive.’

The setting is a touristy coastal town in Maine. I have never visited Maine, however, I felt like I was there while reading. The author brought the people, businesses, and places of the town to life so vividly by providing the perfect amount of details and descriptions.

The mystery and plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat. I honestly did not see them coming, and it was shocking. The author did a terrific job of keeping me guessing until everything finally unfolded. It was truly a riveting story. I highly recommend The Kind Worth Killing to any suspense/thriller enthusiast and readers (like me) who only occasionally read in this genre. Reading is my ultimate hobby, and I do it for entertainment and enjoyment. TKWK hit the spot times 100! It exceeded all my expectations in the crazy, twisty, fun department.

About Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson is the author of two novels, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, and The Kind Worth Killing, available from William Morrow in the United States and Faber & Faber in the United Kingdom. His poems, stories and reviews have appeared in such journals as The Atlantic, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Epoch, Measure, Notre Dame Review, Soundings East, and The Vocabula Review. He has won awards in poetry from The Lyric and Yankee Magazine, and is currently completing a sonnet sequence on all 53 of Alfred Hitchcock’s films. He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts.



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