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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.


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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 2016-11-29 15:13
The Kind Worth Killing
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

Ted Severson is sitting in an airport bar, having a martini when he meets mysterious Lily Kintner. On the plane they play a game of truth - they reveal intimate details about themselves because chances are they won't see each other again. After Ted tells Lily that he's sure his wife is cheating on him and that he'd like to kill her, Lily tells Ted that she would like to help. They plan to meet up again and create a plan and put it in motion to get rid of Ted's wife.

This is one of those books that I actually felt as though I was part of the action. The characters were fleshed out. The situations everyone got themselves into were interesting. I loved the ending. There were no weak points in the book, everything in there made it a great read!

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review 2016-10-12 09:34
"The kind worth killing", by Peter Swanson.
The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel - Peter Joseph Swanson

Novela entretenida, al estilo "Extraños en un tren". Dos extraños en apariencia se encuentran en un aeropuerto, y el hombre (Ted, un tío que ganó un montón de pasta con las tecnológicas) le cuenta a Lily (la extraña) que ha pillado a su mujer (Miranda, una tía buenorra) montándoselo con el constructor del casoplón que se están haciendo (Brad), y que, en su consecuencia, se la quiere cargar. Lily, que también está como un queso, se sincera con Ted y le cuenta que ella ya tiene cierta experiencia en eso de poner punto final a la existencia de las personas... así que le puede ayudar. 

En realidad, luego resulta que Lily no es tan desconocida, porque coincidió con Miranda en el instituto y le robó el novio... y asín comienza un no parar de matar.

Entretenida, y con un final muy logrado, aunque para mi gusto un poquito demasiado larga). En cualquier caso, es fácil de leer, así que la recomiendo, pero sin pasarme.

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