The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing

By Peter Swanson

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 225 Ratings
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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.


  • Fantastic ending!

    By hopein
    I’m one of those weirdos that likes to know the ending so I usually read ahead. This time I decided to read to the end with no spoilers. I am so glad I did! Although I suspected how the book would play out I was pleasantly surprised how the author revealed it. Bravo! I also enjoyed reading from the different characters perspective and the fact that, save for one, it wasn’t the same characters voices all the way through. Great suspense. I would recommend.
  • Awesome....

    This book had me from the first chapter. It is a great story, with twists and turns you won't see coming. Love books like this one! Trust me, read it!
  • Wow! Love this book and this author!

    By Nickname for color app
    I read this book as if I were in a marathon! The characters, their experiences, and their motives are so interesting that I was captured immediately. Peter Swanson does an amazing job enabling the reader to understand why the "bad guy" is bad. The characters are so well described that the reader is able identify things that happened in each character's life that most likely caused them to become who they are; to become the "bad guy". Peter Swanson is an incredible author, and I'm an instant fan!! I am excited to read his other two books, and I hope that he has his next one coming out soon!
  • The Kind Worth Killing

    By DEM39
    Poor writing.
  • Hard to put down!

    By SLR67
    This book is really great! Keeps you guessing but you're usually wrong! It is also very different from most suspense books I've read. I liked it better than The Girl on the Train. I highly recommend this one!
  • Okay...

    By BPF72
    I felt like this book was pretty predictable. I also felt like the characters fell flat and were pretty unrealistic. Definitely not worth $12.99. I would've enjoyed it more if I'd paid less ;). I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending. The whole second half of the book seemed rushed and the ending was no exception.
  • The Kind Worth Killing

    By Chardez54
    Brilliant!! Great ending, absolutely loved the story
  • The Kind Worth Killing

    By SolitaryWoman
    This is one of the two best mysteries I've ever read & I've been reading them for over 55 years! The other is "A Place of Execution" by Val McDermid. It is full of the most surprising twists & turns. Twice I had to stop reading because I was too overwhelmed by shock, excitement & surprise to continue. The writing is flawless in every way. Simply a stupendous book!
  • Several twists!

    By Relwood
    I'm surprised to see some thought this book was predictable because I was certainly surprised by several twists in the book. This is a book I was able to read very quickly, partly because it was so captivating and partly because the author wrote in such a fluid manner that it made reading it easy. I really enjoyed the author's style of writing and how we heard the story from different characters' point of views. I'd recommend to any fan of suspense.
  • Delicious Twists and turns - great mystery

    By HeatherOKC
    Loved this. Recommend to anyone who is looks for a different kind of mystery that keeps you guessing. Was on a list of books "most like "Gone Girl." I actually preferred it to the now famous novel. Will watch for continued releases from this author.