Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Title: The Kind Worth Killing

Author: Peter Swanson

Publication Date: 3 February 2015

Genre: Thriller, Mystery


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. (…) 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.” (Goodreads)


My rating: 4 out of 5

I had no expectations for this book, especially since I didn’t know too much about it beforehand.

It was gripping right from the beginning. No slow introduction. You’re thrown right into it. And the fact that it was written from multiple POVs was really entertaining. Usually I’m not the biggest fan of multiple POVs, I believe if it’s more than three, you just need to make it an omniscient narrator, or keep it to two POVs. In this case, however, the way the story was told through these POVs, these characters, worked perfectly. There weren’t too many and it really kept the story interesting. Each end of a chapter was almost like a cliffhanger because the next one was from a different POV. It wasn’t annoying, though, it made you want to keep reading. It kept things very intriguing. The author did a brilliant job, I haven’t seen anything like it.

I think it really is best if you go into this book without knowing anything. The plot was so good. I don’t know why it isn’t more popular. A+ plot twists. Every time you think you have figured it out, you’re proven wrong. And sometimes these twists make you question who you even like in this book. It changes the entire dynamic.

And I enjoyed the ending. It was pretty satisfying, I would say, for lack of a better word. It just fits very well.

The characters were great for this story. I couldn’t tell you how I felt about them, though. I mean sometimes I liked this one more and sometimes this other one. But perhaps that’s just the way it is supposed to be with good mysteries. All of the characters were definitely intriguing.

So, judging from this book alone, Peter Swanson might be one of my new favourite authors. I definitely plan on reading more of his work.

If you’re looking for a good thriller/mystery, I definitely recommend The Kind Worth Killing ! Have you read it? Are you planning to? Let me know!

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