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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-13 16:40
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

I’ve had this book on my to-read list for the longest time and yet again booklikes-opoly swooped in and did its job, knocking it off my ever-growing TBR.

 

The Kind Worth Killing plays homage to Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train. I’ve read Highsmith, but not that one, something which I hope to rectify soon.

 

So, Ted and Lily meet on a night flight from London to Boston. They both have a few drinks and Ted ends up pouring his heart out to Lily and telling her how his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him with the guy who’s overseeing the renovation of his new home. He's ludicrously rich, which usually puts me off a novel, but I decided to stick with it. Anyway, Lily suggests that Ted take his revenge on Miranda by killing her and, of course, she will help out. Sounds a little out there, but I was able to suspend my disbelief and take it at face value.

 

Throughout the novel we learn about Lily and why she is the way she is. While I enjoyed learning about her past, I didn’t find the reason that she became a murderer very compelling. It helped explain things, yes, but I felt it could have been done a bit better. There was just enough to sustain the narrative for both the characters in their alternative chapters, though.

 

Usually I find it hard to enjoy a book if I don’t connect with one or more characters, but in this case I was in just the right sort of mood that it didn’t matter that everyone was unlikeable. The narrative was so consuming that I didn’t get too distracted by it.

 

The story was great, but there was one thing that bothered me. How does a person who’s been murdered narrate in past tense? I was mystified at that one and surprised I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere else. If someone can give me their thoughts I’d be very grateful.

 

People have mentioned their problem with the ending. While I did find it flat, I didn’t have too much of a problem with it. I was hoping for something a little more explosive, but it was okay. Not great, but okay.

 

A short and consuming read that I thought was one of the better psychological thrillers I’ve read.

 

I read this for:

 

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text 2017-06-30 13:32
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

I'm conflicted about this. The story was good, but I had a lot of issues with it. To explain them would be spoiler territory, so lets just say, um, conflicted. On the plus side, lets get rolling!

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text 2017-06-28 21:09
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 352 pages.
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

I needed a change of pace and this sounded like just the thing. It's brilliant, really enjoying it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-30 16:22
Die Gerechte
Die Gerechte: Thriller - Peter Swanson,F... Die Gerechte: Thriller - Peter Swanson,Fred Kinzel

€ 14,99 [D]* inkl. MwSt. 

 

€ 16,90 [A]* |  CHF 21,90* 

(* empf. VK-Preis) 

 

Hörbuch MP3-CD (gek.)ISBN: 978-3-8371-3721-7

 

NEU 

 

Erschienen: 16.01.2017 

 

 

 

 

 

Eine verhängnisvolle Begegnung.

 

Ein einskalter Racheengel.

Ein grausamer Plan.

Nur sie entscheidet, wer den Tod verdient

 

 

Eine Flughafenbar in London. Es ist Abend, und Ted Severson wartet auf seinen Rückflug nach Boston, als sich eine attraktive Frau neben ihn setzt. Kurz darauf vertraut er der eheimnisvollen Fremden an, dass seine Frau ihn betrogen hat. Mit ihrer Reaktion jedoch hat er nicht gerechnet: Sie bietet ihm Hilfe an – beim Mord an seiner Ehefrau. Ein Trick? Ein morbider Scherz? Oder ein finsteres Rachespiel, das nur ein böses Ende nehmen kann?

 

 

Mitreißend gelesen von Christiane Marx, Oliver Brod, Britta Steffenhagen und Uve Teschner.

 

 

(2 mp3-CDs, Laufzeit: 9h 13)

 

Meine Meinung:

 

Ich bin durch den interessanten Buchtitel und den bisher schon sehr positiven Rezensionen auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden. Ausserdem habe ich schon "Die Unbekannte" von Peter Swanson gelesen und war daher auf das neue Werk gespannt. Ich habe mich dann für das Hörbuch entschieden, da es von mir bereits bekannten Synchronsprechern vertont wurde. 

 

Mich konnte das Hörbuch von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute total fesseln. Ich habe es innerhalb von zwei Tagen komplett durchgehört und war begeistert. 

 

Es war sehr abwechslungsreich und gut verständlich, da es überwiegend im Wechsel von Oliver Brod, Christiane Marx und Britta Steffenhagen gesprochen wurde. Erst zum Schluss hin kam Uve Teschner dazu. 

 

Dieses Buch kann mit einigen überraschenden Wendungen aufwarten, welche auch teilweise sehr überraschend für mich waren. Auch konnte der Spannungsbogen konstant hochgehalten werden. Nach und nach wurden die Zusammenhänger immer klarer und deutlicher und dennoch gab es immer mal wieder Wendungen. 

 

Ehrlich gesagt war mir die Mörderin sehr sympathisch und ich habe mit ihr mitgefiebert. Ganz am Ende gibt es noch einmal ein völlig überraschenden Umschwung. 

 

Alles in allem kann ich dieses Hörbuch uneingeschränkt weiter empfehlen. Mir hat es viel Spass gemacht, die Geschichte zu verfolgen und gebe diesem Hörbuch daher volle 5 Sterne. 

 
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review 2017-01-22 22:38
Her Every Fear
Her Every Fear - Peter Swanson

Kate Priddy was almost killed by an ex-boyfriend. Now she has bouts of anxiety that could lead up to panic attacks. When a distant cousin from Boston, Corbin Dell, suggests they swap apartments for six months Kate agrees in the hopes that time away will do more good than harm for her. But after arriving to her new apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate learns that the young woman next door has been murdered. When the police question Kate about Corbin, she has few answers since she doesn't personally know him but has many questions of her own. After meeting another tenant in the building named Alan and a tearful friend of the victim outside the building named Jack, her curiosity is piqued. Did Corbin do it? She emails Corbin, who insists he did not murder his neighbour; he barely knew her. But after coming across objects that link him to the victim, she wonders if Corbin is in fact a liar and murderer.

A compulsive, easy-to-read, well-written, suspenseful book. Not a whole lot happens, it's more character-driven with characters that are real and believable. The only disappointment for me was the ending.

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