The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel by Peter SwansonThe Kind Worth Killing: A Novel by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel

byPeter Swanson

Mass Market Paperback | March 29, 2016

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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.

Peter Swanson, a best-selling author and graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, is the author of three novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Flem...
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Title:The Kind Worth Killing: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 0.94 inPublished:March 29, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006245031X

ISBN - 13:9780062450319

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read The plot and narration of book is extremely engaging, it was hard to put book away.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast read! This is not your typical mystery/thriller novel. I was in a major reading slump, which this book got me out of. There were so many unexpected twists, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh okay i concur (with all the other reviews) this book was such a page-tuner! as many of us have already hope on the thriller bandwagon (since Gone Girl, thank you Gillian Flynn), this book is definitely at the top of my thriller list! it was so unexpecting ... every time you thought oh well that was a surprising twist, you're left in awe as the next one comes ... and the next one. the book had you hooked from the very beginning, pretty sure i finished this book in a couple days read! was it slighly dramatic? perhaps, but who knows! there very well could be a Lily out there, so watch who you insult and betray! i do not like going into plot detials in reviews, rather just tell you how it left me feeling: completely terrified but wanting more! i highly recommend. i have yet to read another book by Peter Swanson, but they're on my list!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent #plumreview This is the second book that I have read by this author. It was very good. The characters and plot were interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good I was hooked by the end of page one!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It This book was not what I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought the writing about the female characters could have been slightly better and more realistic; however, I did enjoy reading about Lily and entering her mind as she commits certain acts without a second thought and with little emotion.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A page turner I loved the way the book was written. Each chapter leaves you with wanting more. It's twisted but it made the book so interesting to talk about for book club. We had a great discussion on morality.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page-turning fun Lily Kintner and Ted Severson meet in a bar at Heathrow. Over martinis, Ted discloses a few details about his life including the fact that he thinks his wife, Miranda, is having an affair with Brad, the contractor that is building their dream home in a coastal town in Maine. Ted admits to Lily that he wants to kill his wife. Perhaps even more unusual, Lily offers to help. It might take a teensy bit of suspension of disbelief to believe that a cuckolded husband would meet a beautiful woman in a bar in a foreign country who expresses a desire to help him plan his wife’s murder, but stranger things have surely happened. Once on the plane, Lily suggests that “…since we’re on a plane, and it’s a long flight, and we’re never going to see each other again, let’s tell each other the absolute truth. About everything.” During the trans-Atlantic flight, the two reveal tidbits both mundane and philosophical. Lily remarks: “…everyone is going to die eventually. If you killed your wife you would only be doing to her what would happen anyway. And you’d save other people from her. She’s a negative.” Lily isn’t quite as forthcoming about her life as Ted is about his. Her story is revealed in alternating chapters. The daughter of bohemian academics, Lily is an intelligent, thoughtful child. Through her eyes, we learn about growing up in “Monk’s House,” a Victorian mansion deep in the Connecticut woods, about an hour from New York City. "There was never only one guest at Monk’s House, especially in the summertime when my parents’ teaching duties died down and they could focus on what they truly loved – drinking and adultery. I don’t say that in order to make some sort of tragedy of my childhood. I say it because it’s the truth." Lily has a skewed morality, but it’s the very thing that makes her such a fascinating character. She’s a charming psychopath, and it’s almost impossible not to like her, to root for her, even. She’s – by far – the most interesting of cast of characters in Swanson’s novel. She reminded me a little bit of Alice Morgan, a character in the brilliant BBC crime series, Luther. (If you haven’t ever seen the show, you must watch it immediately. It’s on Netflix.) There are twists and turns aplenty in The Kind Worth Killing. The plot did unravel slightly for me towards the end, but that in no way undermined my enjoyment of the shenanigans these people got up to. The Kind Worth Killing was a whim purchase for me. I needed a book for my book club and this one was popular on Litsy. I am pleased to report that everyone in my group really enjoyed the book, even though it was definitely a departure from the sort of stuff we normally read. This is a page-turner.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Great thriller, many twists and turns. Highly recomend it!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A never-ending cycle Ted and Lily both feel spited by current and ex-lovers. They team up to plan revenge on Ted's unfaithful wife. What starts out as a simple story of two strangers meeting in an airport quickly turns into a history of scorn, deceit and lots and lots of murder. I really liked the story, no matter how gruesome, and thoroughly enjoy when each chapter is told from a different character's perspective.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from EHHH... It's a great story, but I think it could have been told much better, without being so predictable. It's not a bad book by any means, but not the best.
Date published: 2016-11-06

Editorial Reviews

“The Year’s Best Fiction: Publishers now love to dub any sociopathic take on a broken marriage ‘the next Gone Girl.’ Swanson’s vicious little novel actually earns that comparison, but it has just as much in common with Patricia Highsmith [and] Raymond Chandler… So ruthlessly clever it’s criminal.”