The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson ★★★★★ #BookReview

the kindSynopsis from Goodreads
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.

My Thoughts
My March book choices haven’t been that impressive. The books I’ve chosen to read this month weren’t bad necessarily, just not great overall. So I decided to pick up a well-rated thriller and give it a shot for my last book of the month. I wasn’t disappointed. Here are my pros and cons:


  1. The writing style was crisp and attention grabbing. The story was intricate and tense.
  2. The pacing of the novel was perfect. I never felt like the story lagged, nor did I feel like it was moving along too quickly. I was captivated from start to finish.
  3. Lily is amazing and could be a psychology student’s dream for a character study. She was intriguing – smooth, calm, quiet, and absolutely deadly.
  4. This is one of those books where the setup tells you everything you need to know. You know immediately who the “bad guy” is and you begin to feel like you are just along for the ride and reading about what you know is going to happen. Then BAM! You are off on another path altogether and you continue to get surprised as you progress through the story! I’m so impressed with authors that can write a good thriller and essentially tell you exactly what is happening, yet still pull out a surprise or two!
  5. The ending was awesome! I can’t say any more but it was a very satisfying ending.


  1. I think the synopsis provided for this book should have a spoiler alert! It didn’t ruin the book for me, but I feel like too much information was provided.

This is my first Peter Swanson book and based on this one I will be reading more. I love it when I can escape into a great, intellectual thriller and this book fit the bill 100%.

First published February 3, 2015 by William Morrow (hardcover)

My rating – 5 out of 5

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