The Kind Worth Killing

The Kind Worth Killing

Paperback - 2017
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A devious tale of psychological suspense so irresistible that it prompts Entertainment Weekly to ask, "Is The Kind Worth Killing the next Gone Girl?" From one of the hottest new thriller writers, Peter Swanson, a name you may not know yet (but soon will), this is his breakout novel in the bestselling tradition of Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train--and is soon to be a major movie directed by Agnieszka Holland.

In a tantalizing set-up reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's classic Strangers on a Train... 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.

Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, c2017
ISBN: 9780062450319
Branch Call Number: PB FIC SWA
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 19 cm

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Alpha_zzz
Jul 13, 2018

There is a lot of vulgarity in this book - a lot of profanity and sex, sex and more sex (I don’t think there are any characters whose sexual life isn’t discussed). I almost decided to not pursue reading it because of the vulgarity and shallowness of the characters, but I have to admit, the first couple of chapters had me hooked. Who doesn’t love an intricately woven suspense novel?
As other commenters mentioned, there are a few twists in this book, but nothing really earth-shattering. It does play out similar to what you read. I kept looking for a twist towards the end with someone or something I hadn’t expected, but it keeps to the story as presented.

If it hadn’t been so vulgar, I would have given it 4-5 stars. I simply don’t understand the obsession with every character’s sexual thoughts/actions.

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jmcculloch120
Jul 05, 2018

I fell so in love with Her Every Fear that I added all of his books to my tbr pile. I think that may have been a huge mistake. I found myself skipping whole chapters of this book. It was boring, the characters are all boring and unlikable. The worst character is Ted. I found myself not caring what happened to him, or anyone else in the book for that matter.

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alexachristena
Jun 27, 2018

So many twists and turns in this book! I read it in a day. I thought it was very good and well written!

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chelseasauve
May 09, 2018

So many twists and turns. I absolutely loved it. Definitely one of my favorite books ever!

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melissaherman_77
Feb 09, 2018

Wow. Brilliant. Creepy. Twisty. Dark, oh so very dark.
I could not put this down. Every page was creepier than the one before. I dont want to say to much and give this away because it was filled with twists and turns and OMG moments. Highly recommend. I loved Peter's "The Girl before" but i now think i liked this one better.

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toddhansen1
Jan 15, 2018

3.5 out of 5. I liked it. Hard to cheer for either character however...if you feel the need to root for characters while you read..

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brooklynheart5
Oct 29, 2017

Wow, this book is creepy and brilliant all at the same time. Really enjoyed it. Interesting characters and enough surprising twists to keep you hooked.

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Soundreader
Jul 03, 2017

The pace of the book is great and I enjoyed the four main characters. The writing is not mind-blowing but not terrible enough to be distracting either. I enjoyed that the story is told from four different perspectives and has a different take on the morality of murder. Good for a bookclub discussion. There were also some unexpected twists. Quick, vacation or airplane read.

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nicenada
Jun 06, 2017

I found myself ever so slightly intrigued by the events taking part in this book. The plot wasn't extremely enticing, but it wasn't too boring either. One issue, was that you could almost tell what could happen, I wish that wasn't the case. It's a good rule of thumb to not drop too many hints about what's going to happen, because you might end up leaving a reader saying in monotone "I was right".
The characters, I could only infer their personalities. I feel like the book itself was mainly about murdering. Yes, we understand why Lily is a killer... But what about the other characters? What about Miranda? What made her the way she is? And poor Ted, what about him? All I know about Ted is that he-- Oops. That'd be a spoiler. I understand if the author thought explaining them would be a waste, since -.
My point being! This is an okay book, but not the most interesting. Done and done.

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DELVEVD
Oct 21, 2016

loved ,loved, loved this book those of you who enjoy a thriller that you can't put down will love this book, reading more by this author!

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