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The Kind Worth Killing

A Novel

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 08, 2014 – Revenge has rarely been served colder than in Swanson's exceptional thriller, his second standalone after 2013's The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. When Ted Severson, a wealthy Boston entrepreneur, and Lily Kintner, an attractive archivist at Winslow College outside Boston, meet by chance in a Heathrow airport lounge, they trade intimate secrets: Ted wants to kill his unfaithful wife, Miranda and Lily, who's about Miranda's age, wants to help. Unbeknownst to Ted, Lily has made a career of dispassionate homicide, at one point musing, "to take another life was, in many ways, the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive." While Ted and Lily hatch their devious scheme back in Boston, police detective Henry Kimball tries to untangle the web of deceit that surrounds Lily. With scalpel-sharp prose, Swanson probes the nature of cold-blooded evil. Few will be prepared for the crushing climax.

Customer Reviews

Plot twists galore!

This book was sooooo good! The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars, is because I felt the book went on for a little bit longer than it should have/needed to. There were two times where the book could have ended and I would have been like "top five books I've read this year!" But it didn't, it went on and when it finally did end, I had to check and double check that my iPad screen wasn't frozen and hiding the res of the text.

Ending aside, the plot twists (and there are several) in this book are so amazing. I never saw most of them coming and it made for a thrilling, roller coaster of a ride (read). Looking forward to reading another book by this author!

Even Better!!

This one was even better than Her Every Fear, the ending is so awesome!

The Kind Worth Killing

This book is so good! The plot twists were amazingly written! This is my favorite book I have ever read.

The Kind Worth Killing
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Feb 03, 2015
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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