The Kind Worth Killing eBook ↠ The Kind eBook

The Kind Worth Killing eBook ↠ The Kind eBook


The Kind Worth Killing [Reading] ➼ The Kind Worth Killing By Peter Swanson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex deception and an accidental encounter that leads to murder Fans of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train will love this modern reimagining of Pa A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex deception and an accidental encounter that leads to murder Fans of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train will love this modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart—which the Washington Post said “should be a contender for crime fiction’s best first novel of ”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 The Kind eBook  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 clichéBut 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 youthSuddenly 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 311 pages
  • The Kind Worth Killing
  • Peter Swanson
  • English
  • 12 April 2015
  • 9780062267528

About the Author: Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson is the author of six novels including The Kind Worth Killing winner of the New England Society Book Award and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Her Every Fear an NPR book of the year and his most recent thriller Eight Perfect Murders His books have been translated into languages and his stories poetry and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction Th.



10 thoughts on “The Kind Worth Killing

  1. Holly Holly says:

    Holy Effing Shit Now THIS was a damn great book Everything I hoped both Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train would bebut weren't

  2. Diane Diane says:

    This book should be getting attention The Kind Worth Killing is a smart well crafted psychological thriller Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train should be all over this novel but I thought KindKilling was much better than the bestselling but forgettable GirlTrainThe story opens with a man and woman Ted and Lily chatting in an airport lounge Ted is upset because he recently found out his wife Miranda is cheating on him Lily encourages him to talk and says she'll help him kill his wife Ted agrees in part because he's attracted to Lily The chapters alternate in their points of view so we see the story unfold from both Ted and Lily's perspectiveThe plot starts out simple but things uickly get complicated Murder is hard you guys There are several juicy turns but I am being vague on details so I don't spoil anything for my fellow readersThe alternating chapters techniue has been crazy popular in recent years and it works well in this book I especially enjoyed Lily's story It turns out she has some experience with making people disappear but she always has a good reason 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 a little sooner than God intended? And your wife for example seems like the kind worth killingBOOM We have a titleI was so absorbed in this book that I stayed up late to read it then I got up early and then I considered calling in sick just so I could see how it ended I liked all the twists in the plot and hope Peter Swanson will craft good thrillersMeanwhile I'm going to be careful who I talk to in airport loungesFavorite Sociopathic uoteWe understood that survival was everything It was the meaning of life And to take another life was in many ways the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive

  3. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”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 a little sooner than God intended? And your wife for example seems like the kind worth killing”We are brought up to believe that murdering someone is the worst thing we could ever do but is it? If a person is leaving a wide wake of broken hearts and battered spirits and in some cases much much worse is it really the worst thing we can do for all of humanity to give that person a nudge towards the afterlife? Of course the uestion remains are any of us capable by ourselves of being the defense the jury the prosecution and ultimately the judge? When Ted Severson sees Brad Daggett a man he has been paying an abundant amount of money to build his dream house bend his wife Miranda over a table and have consensual sex with her it sets off a string of events thatleadstomurder At the very least Brad should have offered Ted a discount Okay so the guy is banging your wife She signed a prenup That silly bitch isn’t getting one thin dime out of you You just need to go get drunk maybe call up an old flame and have some unsatisfactory revenge sex and call your lawyer in the morning Not Ted He can drink like a fish martinis in fact line them up from here to here but mostly he just simmers on what he saw He even tries to convince himself that what he saw wasn’t exactly what he saw Brad was just trying tonope not even after six martinis can he convince himself that Brad was doing anything but SHAGGING his wife Ted wasn’t sure what he was going to do until on a plane flight home he met The Lily Kintner Maybe it is because she is beautiful and receptive to him or maybe it is just because he has to tell someone and usually a stranger is much easier to spill your guts to than a friend She doesn’t react the way he expects In fact she tells him that his wife sounds like the kind worth killingYou’d never know to look at her but Lily is an unusual young woman She is a woman who doesn’t believe in letting people get away with things like infidelity or lying She doesn’t believe in turning the other cheek or forgiveness She realizes there is something missing in her something different Her father is a reasonably famous author and her mother an academic Their household was a free for all of revolving parties with artists writers friends and lovers of both her parents coming and going throughout her whole childhood She was mostly left to her own devices and when one young man took an interest in the thirteen year old with the flaming red hair and the long thin legswellhe annoyed her ”I’d been waiting for two things since killing Chet Waiting to get caught and waiting to feel bad Neither had happened yet and I knew that neither would”Now it may seem like she is just a random stranger with a morbid sense of morality but as the plot thickens we discover why Lily has taken an interest in Ted’s shattered marriage The chapters alternate between characters We are allowed to see things from their perspectives and what is missing in one chapter can be revealed in the next It all begins to really heat up when police officer Henry Kimball can’t let go of a hunch and begins to follow Lily He adores her father’s writing and after interviewing her a couple of times he is half in love with her but dribs and drabs of loose ends from their conversations continue to nag at his consciousness 22375There is a funny scene that I have to share that made me laugh because it reminded me of myself Lily’s father has very distinct views of the ocean ”He said it was like looking at death I love the beach everything except the fucking sand the fucking sun and the fucking water” Okay it made me chuckle again writing it because it is so sacrosanct for anyone to ever say anything remotely negative about the ocean because everyone is so IN LOVE with water I enjoy looking at the water I can understand the attraction but for me it is something to look at briefly and then move on to something interesting I have never really trusted large bodies of water I wouldn’t say I’m suffering from Thalassophobia but certainly I don’t feel the need to join the masses in venerating the ocean I prefer solid terra firma under my feet all the time besides the water is such a slurry sludge pit of god knows what Killers become victimsvictims become killers Yet again Peter Swanson has delivered a neo noir thriller that reminds me of some of the best of James Cain There are twists and turns enough to leave your legs corkscrewed together by the time you reach the final page I also enjoyed his first book The Girl with a Clock for a Heart ReviewIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  4. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    I've been reading a lot of thrillermysteryhorror books and I've been finding myself being underwhelmed or straight up disappointed often than not I'm tired of the same tropes of alcoholic unreliable just out of a coma characters Tired of the words women she girl wife in the title Tired of boring female characters Tired of the plot revolving about her being a mom or a wifeI went into this book expecting it to be a typical thriller Entertaining but a bit predictable Well it wasn't the case A man and a woman meet at the airport bar and end up talking The man jokingly says how he wants to kill his wife since she's cheating on him and the woman takes him seriouslyEvery time I thought I knew where it was going twists would happened while still feeling natural I've read three books by Swanson now and this is by far my favorite

  5. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    This book is featured on this week's Throwback Thursday Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a psychological thriller that will have you guessing until the end Just who are the kind worth killing?If you haven't read this book I recommend skipping my review and the blurb There aren't any big spoilers here but going in blind is probably the bestThe story starts out with Lily and Ted The two strangers come together for a game of truth which turns into a plan for murder Lily has a history and Ted has issues with his wife Lily jumps in the driver's seat and one thing leads to another The two strangers plan an arrangement to wreak havoc but what will be the outcome? Of course I went into this blind and had no clue what I was getting into which is what I recommend to others EVERYTHING you think you've figured out you haven't There are some major twists and turns which kept my interest from the beginning to end The story fully grasped me and didn't let me go The absolute only issue I had was the ending which I both loved and hated Give me MORE This is one of the best psychological thrillers I've read I picked it up on audible and enjoyed all four narrators I'd like to thank my friend Basia for recommending it 5

  6. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    I’d taken enormous risks in the past two weeks and I was lucky to have gotten away with them But now I was done It was over I would live a uiet life and make sure that no one could hurt me again I would continue to survive knowing as I’d known that night in the meadow the stars pouring their light down on me that I was special that I was born with a different kind of morality The morality of an animal—of a crow or a fox or an owl—and not of a normal human being Peter Swanson author of The Girl with a Clock for a Heart has a twisted mind not that there’s anything wrong with that He seems to think in curves bends dips and sudden hairpin turns The feeling is a bit akin to being here or maybe here The sudden changes in direction may generate a bit of screaming but it’s all good Peter Swanson from Dead Good Books It starts with a nod to well a bit of a full body embrace of Strangers on a Train a 1950 psychological thriller by Patricia Highsmith in which two men who meet while traveling get to sharing their troubles and decide that permanently eliminating each other’s problems might be the perfect solution Hitchcock made a beautiful translation of the book to film in 1951 Swanson is a big fan of both Highsmith and Hitchcock I like the idea of sudden change That you or me or anyone could go out to a bar one evening and the random stranger who sits down beside you changes your life forever It’s actually something that Hitchcock liked a lot himself Most of his protagonists are accidental ones just ordinary people who wind up in extraordinary circumstances In his version Ted Severson a wealthy corporate raider formerly a dotcom millionaire sort at a Heathrow bar pre flight is approached by Lily a lovely young thing They strike up a conversation and as strangers might be better able to manage than people who actually know each other a theory titled The Rules of Airport Bars they agree to tell each other the whole truth and continue their truth telling all the way back to Boston The truth is gonna hurt someone Seems that Ted spotted his wife en flagrante with the contractor who was working with her on Ted’s Maine McMansion Not good ”How long ago was this?” asked my fellow traveler after I’d told her the story“Just over a week”She blinked her eyes and bit at her lower lip Her eyelids were pale as tissue paper“So what are you going to do about it?” she askedIt was the uestion I’d been asking myself all week “What I really want to do is kill her” I smiled with my gin numbed mouth and attempted a little wink just to give her an opportunity to not believe me but her face stayed serious She lifted her reddish eyebrows”“I think you should” She said And the game is afootAn earlier title for this book was The Lonely Lives of Murderers which personally I prefer We are treated to multiple narrators not all of whom are psycho killers These serve not only to bear witness to events from diverse perspectives but to bring in the back story as well offering a sliver of understanding about how at least one of the psycho killers might have become that way This is a considerable stylistic switch from Swanson’s previous book which was written in the third person It is however entirely consistent with the madcap dashings about of that earlier work Detective Rebecca James carries over from The Girl With A Clock for a Heart but that did not seem a significant connection between the two booksOne soft spot of note is that it can sometimes be easy to mistake the voice of one sociopath for another There could have been of a tonal difference made between Lily and Miranda’s narration This is not literature and makes no bones about it Swanson considers himself a failed poet and teases himself a bit in the book by giving Ted an urge to write bawdy limericks It’s cute But poetry major or not he has proven again that he can write a wonderful slick entertainment No sopho jinx here If you are the sort who objects to excessive reliance on the sociopath as a crutch you may have a point but then you would probably not be reading this sort of book anyway Peter Swanson has written a twizzler of a novel a sweet morsel with surprising and satisfying twists that will when you are finished leave you wanting It is a gripping read fun fast and furious The Kind Worth Killing is most definitely a psychological thriller worth reading You might pick this up at an airport or rail terminal or maybe take it along for a day at the beach You will be glad you had But while you are sitting at that bar killing time in a waiting room maybe lounging under a palm tree or an oceanfront umbrella be careful who you talk to and what truths you tellReview posted – 41015Publication date – 232015EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s Tumblr Twitter and FB pagesSwanson’s web site has a cornucopia of samples of his Hitchcock poems other poetry short fiction and non fiction and is well worth checking out Armchair Audience is Swanson’s site for writing on “Books read Movies seen TV Watched”He writes 500 words a day in the morning then it is off to his paying gig as a product manager for a non profit Hopefully The Kind Worth Killing will bring in enough scratch that he will have the luxury of writing full time Early results are encouraging Foreign book rights have been sold in eleven territories and a film option has already been bought by Nick Wechsler producer of Magic Mike and The Road Free download of Strangers on a Train the bookThe film of Strangers on a Train can be seen here The script was written by Czenzi Ormonde and some up and comer named Raymond Chandler and if it is of interest you can see the script hereI came across a couple of interviews you might like Nicola Mira’s interview with Swanson for Thriller Book Journal was the source of Swanson’s comment about sudden change that I included in the review Another is from the Dead Good site which while a Random House property was not half bad No specific interviewer is identified

  7. karen karen says:

    fulfilling my 2019 goal to read at least one book each month that has been digitally moldering unread on my NOOK for years and years and yearsnot at all bad for a sickbed one day read i am very glad i decided that one of my 2019 reading goals should be to start reading through the backlog of nookbooks i've been accumulating over the years i'm even a little glad i got sick enough to feel zero regrets or guilt in giving myself a free pass to spend the whole day in bed reading which is not a thing i often do i'm the kind of dummy that if i'm too sick to think clearly enough to get writing work done i will use the time to scrub the bathtub or color code the tupperware containers to their lids with nail polish but THIS was one of those reading only sickness too achy to clean or even turn pages THANK YOU FOR FINGER TOUCH PAGE TURNING TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE this is my perfect version of a sickday book it's not too intellectually demanding but it's also not brainpudding most importantly it keeps you wanting to read and read and read and cough and read as it pops you with TWIST after TWIST and CON after CON and REVEAL after REVEAL and so many muuuurderrrrrrrsssssss which is a lousy list of things to experience in real life when you're sick but is great for your sickbed readingthere are so many twists and turns i just could not put the book down there's always one delicious WHAAAAAAT? or OH NOOOOO around the bend and each one makes you appreciate just how tricky murder can be; identifying people who fall into the category of the kind worth killing is easy carrying it out and covering it up is a little complicatedtake notes notetakersthis one has lived on my virtual shelves so long that by now everyone else has already read and reviewed it and no one needs my encouragement in that department so instead i will just say THANK YOU to the many people who told me i should read thisi would love this either directly or indirectly through their glowing reviews you are all wise and attractive humanscome to my blog

  8. Dita Dita says:

    This is one of the best books I've ever read; makes me weep for some of the 5 star reviews I've given

  9. Carol Carol says:

    HAWHAT AN ENDING smileMurder hereMurder thereMurder everywhere in this page turning mystery thriller I was surprised than once thoroughly entertained from beginning to end and even found myself rooting for the devious and dangerous little psycho killerwell most of the timeGreat Read

  10. Yun Yun says:

    The Kind Worth Killing starts off with Ted meeting a mysterious woman at the airport and spilling all his secrets to her thinking he would never see her again He tells her that his wife Miranda is cheating on him and that he secretly wishes he could kill her and her lover to teach them both a lesson Once Ted and the woman arrive at their destination they part ways but that turns out to be only the beginningThis book is so nasty and fun with twists and turns everywhere and I loved it Just as I was getting comfortable with a current story line I would be hit with a surprise that completely knocked me over and had me recalculating my understanding of what was going on And this happened so many timesIt's also filled with outrageous characters all trying to kill each other and out do each other with scheming and backstabbing It's a rare breed of author who can write a book filled with unlikable characters and make the story itself enjoyable yet Swanson achieves just thatThe only small gripe I have is that the ending felt really abrupt to me It just ended when I expected there to be explanation and wrap up The book had been evenly paced up until then but the ending was rushed and therefore a bit unsatisfying Even though the outcome was clearly implied after all that buildup I wish the story took a little time to see everything to its complete conclusionStill this murderous story was highly entertaining All throughout I couldn't stop turning the pages excited to see what crazy thing was going to happen next I've been looking forward to reading this book for a long time and I'm so happy that my high expectations were fulfilled

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10 thoughts on “The Kind Worth Killing

  1. Holly Holly says:

    Holy Effing Shit Now THIS was a damn great book Everything I hoped both Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train would bebut weren't

  2. Diane Diane says:

    This book should be getting attention The Kind Worth Killing is a smart well crafted psychological thriller Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train should be all over this novel but I thought KindKilling was much better than the bestselling but forgettable GirlTrainThe story opens with a man and woman Ted and Lily chatting in an airport lounge Ted is upset because he recently found out his wife Miranda is cheating on him Lily encourages him to talk and says she'll help him kill his wife Ted agrees in part because he's attracted to Lily The chapters alternate in their points of view so we see the story unfold from both Ted and Lily's perspectiveThe plot starts out simple but things uickly get complicated Murder is hard you guys There are several juicy turns but I am being vague on details so I don't spoil anything for my fellow readersThe alternating chapters techniue has been crazy popular in recent years and it works well in this book I especially enjoyed Lily's story It turns out she has some experience with making people disappear but she always has a good reason 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 a little sooner than God intended? And your wife for example seems like the kind worth killingBOOM We have a titleI was so absorbed in this book that I stayed up late to read it then I got up early and then I considered calling in sick just so I could see how it ended I liked all the twists in the plot and hope Peter Swanson will craft good thrillersMeanwhile I'm going to be careful who I talk to in airport loungesFavorite Sociopathic uoteWe understood that survival was everything It was the meaning of life And to take another life was in many ways the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive

  3. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”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 a little sooner than God intended? And your wife for example seems like the kind worth killing”We are brought up to believe that murdering someone is the worst thing we could ever do but is it? If a person is leaving a wide wake of broken hearts and battered spirits and in some cases much much worse is it really the worst thing we can do for all of humanity to give that person a nudge towards the afterlife? Of course the uestion remains are any of us capable by ourselves of being the defense the jury the prosecution and ultimately the judge? When Ted Severson sees Brad Daggett a man he has been paying an abundant amount of money to build his dream house bend his wife Miranda over a table and have consensual sex with her it sets off a string of events thatleadstomurder At the very least Brad should have offered Ted a discount Okay so the guy is banging your wife She signed a prenup That silly bitch isn’t getting one thin dime out of you You just need to go get drunk maybe call up an old flame and have some unsatisfactory revenge sex and call your lawyer in the morning Not Ted He can drink like a fish martinis in fact line them up from here to here but mostly he just simmers on what he saw He even tries to convince himself that what he saw wasn’t exactly what he saw Brad was just trying tonope not even after six martinis can he convince himself that Brad was doing anything but SHAGGING his wife Ted wasn’t sure what he was going to do until on a plane flight home he met The Lily Kintner Maybe it is because she is beautiful and receptive to him or maybe it is just because he has to tell someone and usually a stranger is much easier to spill your guts to than a friend She doesn’t react the way he expects In fact she tells him that his wife sounds like the kind worth killingYou’d never know to look at her but Lily is an unusual young woman She is a woman who doesn’t believe in letting people get away with things like infidelity or lying She doesn’t believe in turning the other cheek or forgiveness She realizes there is something missing in her something different Her father is a reasonably famous author and her mother an academic Their household was a free for all of revolving parties with artists writers friends and lovers of both her parents coming and going throughout her whole childhood She was mostly left to her own devices and when one young man took an interest in the thirteen year old with the flaming red hair and the long thin legswellhe annoyed her ”I’d been waiting for two things since killing Chet Waiting to get caught and waiting to feel bad Neither had happened yet and I knew that neither would”Now it may seem like she is just a random stranger with a morbid sense of morality but as the plot thickens we discover why Lily has taken an interest in Ted’s shattered marriage The chapters alternate between characters We are allowed to see things from their perspectives and what is missing in one chapter can be revealed in the next It all begins to really heat up when police officer Henry Kimball can’t let go of a hunch and begins to follow Lily He adores her father’s writing and after interviewing her a couple of times he is half in love with her but dribs and drabs of loose ends from their conversations continue to nag at his consciousness 22375There is a funny scene that I have to share that made me laugh because it reminded me of myself Lily’s father has very distinct views of the ocean ”He said it was like looking at death I love the beach everything except the fucking sand the fucking sun and the fucking water” Okay it made me chuckle again writing it because it is so sacrosanct for anyone to ever say anything remotely negative about the ocean because everyone is so IN LOVE with water I enjoy looking at the water I can understand the attraction but for me it is something to look at briefly and then move on to something interesting I have never really trusted large bodies of water I wouldn’t say I’m suffering from Thalassophobia but certainly I don’t feel the need to join the masses in venerating the ocean I prefer solid terra firma under my feet all the time besides the water is such a slurry sludge pit of god knows what Killers become victimsvictims become killers Yet again Peter Swanson has delivered a neo noir thriller that reminds me of some of the best of James Cain There are twists and turns enough to leave your legs corkscrewed together by the time you reach the final page I also enjoyed his first book The Girl with a Clock for a Heart ReviewIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  4. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    I've been reading a lot of thrillermysteryhorror books and I've been finding myself being underwhelmed or straight up disappointed often than not I'm tired of the same tropes of alcoholic unreliable just out of a coma characters Tired of the words women she girl wife in the title Tired of boring female characters Tired of the plot revolving about her being a mom or a wifeI went into this book expecting it to be a typical thriller Entertaining but a bit predictable Well it wasn't the case A man and a woman meet at the airport bar and end up talking The man jokingly says how he wants to kill his wife since she's cheating on him and the woman takes him seriouslyEvery time I thought I knew where it was going twists would happened while still feeling natural I've read three books by Swanson now and this is by far my favorite

  5. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    This book is featured on this week's Throwback Thursday Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a psychological thriller that will have you guessing until the end Just who are the kind worth killing?If you haven't read this book I recommend skipping my review and the blurb There aren't any big spoilers here but going in blind is probably the bestThe story starts out with Lily and Ted The two strangers come together for a game of truth which turns into a plan for murder Lily has a history and Ted has issues with his wife Lily jumps in the driver's seat and one thing leads to another The two strangers plan an arrangement to wreak havoc but what will be the outcome? Of course I went into this blind and had no clue what I was getting into which is what I recommend to others EVERYTHING you think you've figured out you haven't There are some major twists and turns which kept my interest from the beginning to end The story fully grasped me and didn't let me go The absolute only issue I had was the ending which I both loved and hated Give me MORE This is one of the best psychological thrillers I've read I picked it up on audible and enjoyed all four narrators I'd like to thank my friend Basia for recommending it 5

  6. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    I’d taken enormous risks in the past two weeks and I was lucky to have gotten away with them But now I was done It was over I would live a uiet life and make sure that no one could hurt me again I would continue to survive knowing as I’d known that night in the meadow the stars pouring their light down on me that I was special that I was born with a different kind of morality The morality of an animal—of a crow or a fox or an owl—and not of a normal human being Peter Swanson author of The Girl with a Clock for a Heart has a twisted mind not that there’s anything wrong with that He seems to think in curves bends dips and sudden hairpin turns The feeling is a bit akin to being here or maybe here The sudden changes in direction may generate a bit of screaming but it’s all good Peter Swanson from Dead Good Books It starts with a nod to well a bit of a full body embrace of Strangers on a Train a 1950 psychological thriller by Patricia Highsmith in which two men who meet while traveling get to sharing their troubles and decide that permanently eliminating each other’s problems might be the perfect solution Hitchcock made a beautiful translation of the book to film in 1951 Swanson is a big fan of both Highsmith and Hitchcock I like the idea of sudden change That you or me or anyone could go out to a bar one evening and the random stranger who sits down beside you changes your life forever It’s actually something that Hitchcock liked a lot himself Most of his protagonists are accidental ones just ordinary people who wind up in extraordinary circumstances In his version Ted Severson a wealthy corporate raider formerly a dotcom millionaire sort at a Heathrow bar pre flight is approached by Lily a lovely young thing They strike up a conversation and as strangers might be better able to manage than people who actually know each other a theory titled The Rules of Airport Bars they agree to tell each other the whole truth and continue their truth telling all the way back to Boston The truth is gonna hurt someone Seems that Ted spotted his wife en flagrante with the contractor who was working with her on Ted’s Maine McMansion Not good ”How long ago was this?” asked my fellow traveler after I’d told her the story“Just over a week”She blinked her eyes and bit at her lower lip Her eyelids were pale as tissue paper“So what are you going to do about it?” she askedIt was the uestion I’d been asking myself all week “What I really want to do is kill her” I smiled with my gin numbed mouth and attempted a little wink just to give her an opportunity to not believe me but her face stayed serious She lifted her reddish eyebrows”“I think you should” She said And the game is afootAn earlier title for this book was The Lonely Lives of Murderers which personally I prefer We are treated to multiple narrators not all of whom are psycho killers These serve not only to bear witness to events from diverse perspectives but to bring in the back story as well offering a sliver of understanding about how at least one of the psycho killers might have become that way This is a considerable stylistic switch from Swanson’s previous book which was written in the third person It is however entirely consistent with the madcap dashings about of that earlier work Detective Rebecca James carries over from The Girl With A Clock for a Heart but that did not seem a significant connection between the two booksOne soft spot of note is that it can sometimes be easy to mistake the voice of one sociopath for another There could have been of a tonal difference made between Lily and Miranda’s narration This is not literature and makes no bones about it Swanson considers himself a failed poet and teases himself a bit in the book by giving Ted an urge to write bawdy limericks It’s cute But poetry major or not he has proven again that he can write a wonderful slick entertainment No sopho jinx here If you are the sort who objects to excessive reliance on the sociopath as a crutch you may have a point but then you would probably not be reading this sort of book anyway Peter Swanson has written a twizzler of a novel a sweet morsel with surprising and satisfying twists that will when you are finished leave you wanting It is a gripping read fun fast and furious The Kind Worth Killing is most definitely a psychological thriller worth reading You might pick this up at an airport or rail terminal or maybe take it along for a day at the beach You will be glad you had But while you are sitting at that bar killing time in a waiting room maybe lounging under a palm tree or an oceanfront umbrella be careful who you talk to and what truths you tellReview posted – 41015Publication date – 232015EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s Tumblr Twitter and FB pagesSwanson’s web site has a cornucopia of samples of his Hitchcock poems other poetry short fiction and non fiction and is well worth checking out Armchair Audience is Swanson’s site for writing on “Books read Movies seen TV Watched”He writes 500 words a day in the morning then it is off to his paying gig as a product manager for a non profit Hopefully The Kind Worth Killing will bring in enough scratch that he will have the luxury of writing full time Early results are encouraging Foreign book rights have been sold in eleven territories and a film option has already been bought by Nick Wechsler producer of Magic Mike and The Road Free download of Strangers on a Train the bookThe film of Strangers on a Train can be seen here The script was written by Czenzi Ormonde and some up and comer named Raymond Chandler and if it is of interest you can see the script hereI came across a couple of interviews you might like Nicola Mira’s interview with Swanson for Thriller Book Journal was the source of Swanson’s comment about sudden change that I included in the review Another is from the Dead Good site which while a Random House property was not half bad No specific interviewer is identified

  7. karen karen says:

    fulfilling my 2019 goal to read at least one book each month that has been digitally moldering unread on my NOOK for years and years and yearsnot at all bad for a sickbed one day read i am very glad i decided that one of my 2019 reading goals should be to start reading through the backlog of nookbooks i've been accumulating over the years i'm even a little glad i got sick enough to feel zero regrets or guilt in giving myself a free pass to spend the whole day in bed reading which is not a thing i often do i'm the kind of dummy that if i'm too sick to think clearly enough to get writing work done i will use the time to scrub the bathtub or color code the tupperware containers to their lids with nail polish but THIS was one of those reading only sickness too achy to clean or even turn pages THANK YOU FOR FINGER TOUCH PAGE TURNING TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE this is my perfect version of a sickday book it's not too intellectually demanding but it's also not brainpudding most importantly it keeps you wanting to read and read and read and cough and read as it pops you with TWIST after TWIST and CON after CON and REVEAL after REVEAL and so many muuuurderrrrrrrsssssss which is a lousy list of things to experience in real life when you're sick but is great for your sickbed readingthere are so many twists and turns i just could not put the book down there's always one delicious WHAAAAAAT? or OH NOOOOO around the bend and each one makes you appreciate just how tricky murder can be; identifying people who fall into the category of the kind worth killing is easy carrying it out and covering it up is a little complicatedtake notes notetakersthis one has lived on my virtual shelves so long that by now everyone else has already read and reviewed it and no one needs my encouragement in that department so instead i will just say THANK YOU to the many people who told me i should read thisi would love this either directly or indirectly through their glowing reviews you are all wise and attractive humanscome to my blog

  8. Dita Dita says:

    This is one of the best books I've ever read; makes me weep for some of the 5 star reviews I've given

  9. Carol Carol says:

    HAWHAT AN ENDING smileMurder hereMurder thereMurder everywhere in this page turning mystery thriller I was surprised than once thoroughly entertained from beginning to end and even found myself rooting for the devious and dangerous little psycho killerwell most of the timeGreat Read

  10. Yun Yun says:

    The Kind Worth Killing starts off with Ted meeting a mysterious woman at the airport and spilling all his secrets to her thinking he would never see her again He tells her that his wife Miranda is cheating on him and that he secretly wishes he could kill her and her lover to teach them both a lesson Once Ted and the woman arrive at their destination they part ways but that turns out to be only the beginningThis book is so nasty and fun with twists and turns everywhere and I loved it Just as I was getting comfortable with a current story line I would be hit with a surprise that completely knocked me over and had me recalculating my understanding of what was going on And this happened so many timesIt's also filled with outrageous characters all trying to kill each other and out do each other with scheming and backstabbing It's a rare breed of author who can write a book filled with unlikable characters and make the story itself enjoyable yet Swanson achieves just thatThe only small gripe I have is that the ending felt really abrupt to me It just ended when I expected there to be explanation and wrap up The book had been evenly paced up until then but the ending was rushed and therefore a bit unsatisfying Even though the outcome was clearly implied after all that buildup I wish the story took a little time to see everything to its complete conclusionStill this murderous story was highly entertaining All throughout I couldn't stop turning the pages excited to see what crazy thing was going to happen next I've been looking forward to reading this book for a long time and I'm so happy that my high expectations were fulfilled

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