Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Be honest. Have you ever felt like killing someone? And did you want to badly enough to plan ahead and meticulously plot out your enemy's demise? According to lovely sociopath, Lily Kintner, some people simply do not deserve to live. The world would be a better place without them. After ridding humankind of a few of these types during her lifetime, Lily has developed a taste for doing away with individuals who, in her opinion, add nothing worthwhile to the planet. When she meets wealthy Ted Severson in an airport bar and they get personal over a couple of martinis, Ted confesses that his wife, Miranda, is having an affair and that he could just...kill her. Lily, of course, offers her help and expertise to the very surprised Ted, who eventually decides to accept. What transpires as a result of this fateful encounter is filled with unpredictable twists that will have you hungrily turning pages long past bedtime!

Using a style similar to Gone Girl, with each chapter representing the point of view of a different character, Swanson has created a spellbinding story that brings to mind the classic Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. After reading The Kind Worth Killing, you might be in the mood to wind down with a movie! If so, try A Perfect Murder or Double Indemnity, two highly enjoyable films concerning murderous spouses.

Dotsy Harland

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