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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EljayJohnson
Jul 14, 2019

My second book from an article I read about what book will be "the next Gone Girl." The first was Girl on a Train and I thought that was OK, but this was much better. Really nice and twisty, plus some skin-crawling moments (both missing from Girl/Train) - and really, it's for that delicious creeped out feeling that I read books like this.

I realize I can't say much about the plot other than this man meets this woman and stuff happens. Anything else would reveal too much that's too much fun to find out on your own. Suffice to say I thought it was a great read; a dark thriller whose evil was out in the sunshine. I know Girl/Train has gotten the tremendous buzz, but it's pretty pedestrian next to this.

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Suellen1111
Jun 11, 2019

Well written, although a bit wordy, -- I skipped entire sections -- with interesting characters, sharp dialogue, & a suspenseful storyline. Evokes the sinister characterizations of Patricia Highsmith & Alfred Hitchcock.

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vGoloschokin54
Apr 11, 2019

Pretty good book. Nice plot, well written.

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carolbakker
Feb 03, 2019

I read a lot of mysteries and this is one of the best one I have ever read. One reviewer mentions some "vulgarity" and lots of "sex". I didn't find that to be the case. The story is told in the voice of several different characters, moving back and forth between them. It kept me absolutely riveted to the page until the last sentence. Until the last paragraph the twists and turns and the "unknowns" continue. This book was written in 2015 and I don't know how I have missed it all this time in my Noe Branch, but that has been the case. Run right there now and pick up the copy I am returning tomorrow. This is a book I almost guarantee.

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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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