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 clich#65533;.

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: PAPERBACK
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 19 cm

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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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va7yyy
Aug 12, 2016

character dev--poor
plot strategy - poor
settings - passable
writing style - poor
content - poor

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PineSisken
Jul 08, 2016

This novel was recommended to me with the comment, "...a killer that you will like." I did enjoy the protagonist in this fast-paced read. While reading, I was reminded of Gone Girl, The Passenger, and The Girl on the Train (which I liked the least of the three.) I do enjoy an unre!iable narrator! Lily is not so much unreliable as a narrator, but more as a character in what she does or does not reveal to other characters. Lots of twists right up to the end. If you like a sexy, fast-paced novel, give this one a try!

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looper46
Jun 27, 2016

Good story of triangles gone terribly bad. Great character development full of twists. As noted a good beach read; I read most of it on an airplane. I liked it and recommend it.

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mshikary
Apr 29, 2016

This is a horrible book. I got through the first 30% of the book and then just had to stop. The characters are not well developed and the writing is not particularly noteworthy. I don't recommend.

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TheBookPosse
Dec 07, 2015

Ted is a wealthy businessman who is sure that his beautiful young wife is having an affair with the contractor he hired to build their dream house. While drowning his sorrows in an airport bar, a woman sits down next to him. They talk and he feels free to share his problems with this stranger he will never see again. Maybe it was the alcohol that made him tell her how he could just kill his wife for betraying him. The woman offers to help him as if it was the most natural thing in the world. She says there are people who are the kind worth killing. People like his wife. They discuss it further on the plane and the more they talk, the more determined Ted is to follow through with her help.
Lily is on her way home from London when she begins talking to the sad man at the bar. She is sympathetic to his problems. There are certain people who don’t deserve to live and Lily has some experience in that department. There was Chet, the artist who stayed with her parents one summer and took too much of an interest in the young Lily. Then there was Eric, the cheating boyfriend who died tragically while visiting her in London.
Ted follows Lily’s instructions in planning the murder of his wife and her lover. He tracks their movements and gets to know the contractor and his habits. He continues to play the unsuspecting husband while waiting for Lily to tell him when the time is right.
Just when everything is falling into place, the tables are turned and the plan falls apart. Lily is not one to be thwarted. She has done this kind of thing before….
This is the best book I have read in a while. I don’t know why there isn’t more buzz about this one because it was far superior to The Girl on the Train, in my opinion. There are twists and turns that I never saw coming. I found myself rooting for Lily even though she is a killer. She always had a good reason for killing her victims. She is smart and able to stay one step ahead of everyone else, but isn’t boastful about it. There is a twist at the end that I never saw coming but it was so good.
The Kind Worth Killing will appeal to those who like suspense and revenge stories. It has been compared to Highsmith’s classic, Strangers on a Train which was made into a movie by Hitchcock. This would make a great movie. Available in standard print, large print, audio and ebook

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wilqser
Nov 09, 2015

Strangers On A train reinvention, but the motives aren't really specified.

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