The Kind Worth Killing

By: Peter Swanson

“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 sooner than God intended?”

During a flight from London to Boston Ted Severson meets Lily Kintner. He starts to tell her about his marriage not going well and his suspicions that his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him. When Ted jokes that he’d like to kill his wife, instead of reacting in horror, Lily tells Ted that she will help kill his wife. What Ted doesn’t know is that Lily has murderous past stemming from her teenage years. Now, they are in a game of cat and mouse.

I struggle with Peter Swanson books, but read this one because it was a book club pick. Swanson likes to put in a lot of useless details that do not further the story and it drives me crazy. I understand the author needed to tell us how things started for Lily but it was so long and so drawn out; basically it was boring. At the end of Part 1 it starts to get a little better, and it progressively gets a tiny bit better as it goes on, but I was never kept on the edge of my seat, and I certainly wasn’t gripped by this book. I am able to give it three stars because I didn’t see one the first twist. I also didn’t like how it ended – I don’t really like open ended endings!

If you do like Swanson’s books, or just want to read it to see if you agree with me, you can get your copy here.


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