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Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson

I love reading thrillers, the pace is something that I love, to know what happens next. Psychological thrillers are a bit different, I think, because some also look at why what has just happened has happened. I remember hearing about Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, and this novel seemed a bit similar from the blurb.

Ted meets a woman while waiting for a delayed flight at an airport. What starts off as casual talk becomes a bit more serious when, after two or three drinks, Ted confesses that he would like to kill his wife Miranda. Lily, the woman, in all seriousness, agrees to. At first, Ted thinks of it as a joke, but later, he realizes that he wants to go through with it. But the plan takes further twists, and leads to further murders. Who survives the game?

If the devil is in the details, the first part of the book is just brilliant. Quite engaging, very fast pace and sets up both the plot and the back story to the characters brilliantly. The reader not only comes to know why Ted wants to kill Miranda, but what happened in Lily’s past that has made her so eager to help Ted. The author brings a small twist at the start of the second part which I didn’t quite like. The second part, however, adds to Lily’s character sketch, an aspect I wouldn’t have imagined. It was good. There are further deaths in this part, brilliantly manipulated and covered up too. The third part was the cover up after the cover up, and while it was executed well, didn’t really hold my interest. The ending still leaves open a thread or two, and while it’s intriguing to think of possibilities, I wish the author himself had closed it properly. There’s no doubt that the book is a page turner.

Would I re-read the book? Yes. I might. I wouldn’t push it too hard as a recommendation, but it’s a psychological thriller that is definitely worth a read.

A Score Of 7 Out Of 10
Book Details
Title: The Kind Worth Killing
Author(s): Peter Swanson Genre: Psychological Thriller
ISBN/ASIN: 9780571302222 Publisher: Faber and Faber

No payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
20th January 2018)



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