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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