The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

the kind worth killingI received this book from a friend who believed I simply must read it because I liked Gone Girl. I called Gone Girl “fast paced, twisted and thrilling”. The Kind Worth Killing = Gone Girl x 1.5.  It is also a psychological thriller centered on a couple with marital problems, but I enjoyed reading this one more.

Ted Severson and Lily Kintner (first) met in an airport lounge when they both were on their way home. Their flight is delayed so they chose to pass the time having a drink.  Lily approached Ted first to strike up a conversation and with many drinks later, the two are sharing confidences about their personal life.

Especially Ted, when he tells Lily that his suspicions of his wife cheating on him turned out to be true. He caught his wife when he spied on her at their half-build dream house – having sex with the builder. The one he pays good money to oversee the building of his house, not to sleep with his wife.

They’re both drunk, therefore when he admits that he is so angry he can kill his wife and Lily surprisingly agrees with him, you can see the justification in that conversation. Anger makes you say things you don’t mean, especially when you’ve consumed alcohol.

“Truthfully, 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.”

That’s Lily. She is of the opinion that Miranda, Ted’s wife, is the kind worth killing. However this conversation gets taken further when they met up (after agreeing that if Ted is serious, Lily will help him murder his wife). They are SERIOUS. They’re going to kill Miranda!

The story is told in alternating chapters, from Lily and Ted’s view point, but also Miranda and the detective on the case. However… surprise surprise… the detective isn’t investigating Miranda’s murder case. Plot twist. Actually, a few plot twists, some you have seen coming and some you haven’t.

This is a crazy, disturbing story filled with characters that are unlikeable, yet interesting (and all sociopaths). Many twists and turns later and dreading having to put it down to go sleep at night, I’m glad I read it.  It’s a good one, I hope they make a movie! The ending of the novel is open ended which leaves the opportunity for a sequel, investigating and analyzing the mind of a teen turned adult sociopath (and the murders that goes along with it) which I think you would make a great thriller/court drama.

Thanks to my friend Carlisle, for recommending the book and sorry that I’m holding it hostage. You’ll eventually get your book back

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  • Carlisle

    Brilliant review! I share exactly the same sentiment as you with regards to: “The Kind Worth Killing = Gone Girl x 1.5”! 🙂

    • Thanks, Carlisle. It might even be Gone Girl x2, but I didn’t want to take it that far 🙂

      Did you see what I did there with “(first) met”?

  • Erika Kehlet

    Great review! This one is on my Nook waiting to be read.

  • Agreed! It’s fabulous and would make an awesome movie (the rights have been sold to this, and his first book, The Girl With A Clock For A Heart. Got it but haven’t read it yet.) Love your review.

  • Great post! I really liked this one as well. I think it got overshadowed with all the buzz for The Girl on the Train so I hope it gets more attention.

    • I hope it gets more attention too. It was a good one – kept you wanting to read and find out what happens. So many twists and turns! Have you reviewed it? I’m going to check on your blog…

      • Carlisle

        Do you wanna read Girl On The Train? I have that one too 😉

  • I like the twisty ones. The unexpectedly twisty ones! 🙂

  • Jennine G.

    Oh, you had me at plot twists! This sounds exactly like a story I’d love!

  • Isi

    I also think I would like this one, but the problem is that these kinds of books make me anxious and I can’t stop reading, haha. I aslo liked Gone girl.
    I’ll write down the title!

  • Ciska van der Lans

    Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing!