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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504610629
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Edition description: Unabridged Library Edition
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Swanson is the author of three novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; and his most recent, Her Every Fear. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science FictionThe Atlantic MonthlyMeasureThe GuardianThe Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine. A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife.

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The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
karen014 More than 1 year ago
In a few short words, this is one of the best I've read in a long time! Grabs you from the 1st page & does not let go till the last page. I highly recommend this for all who like a good suspense novel!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story itself was what kept me in it. The writing was just okay. The characters were all unlikable, although that can sometimes be an interesting touch. The problem was that none of them were believable. Each one more depraved and psychotic then that next, and they are all connected in some way? Seems a little too far fetched. That being said, the dialogue is witty and drives the plot. The plot itself was written in such a way that makes the reader believe they have figured out the next twist only to be completely wrong. Overall, a fun, quick read.
booksandwine More than 1 year ago
Insanely good book about love and revenge. Chilling, haunting, dark and mysterious. This book will pull you in from the very beginning and not let you go. If you liked Gone Girl, then you will also like this book. More twists than a plate of spaghetti. Read it!
jesdoit7 More than 1 year ago
Honestly I would give this a 4.5, but that is not an option  I tore through this book in two days. I read reviews stating the twists in the plot were predictable. I thought the opposite. I was amazed every time the book took another unexpected turn. I simply could not put it down.  I enjoyed hearing from several different narrators. Each of the characters were interesting in their own way, especially Lily. Although you cannot trust any of them, it is interesting to see things from their point of view. I felt their voices added to the mysterious tone of the story. The pace of the story was my favorite part about it. Unlike most crime novels, this one did not get lost in the petty details of the investigation. I often find myself bored at some point in most crime novels because there is not enough action. This is not the case in this book.   My only complaint is that the characters drew conclusions about events and made connections to people that were rather impossible.  After a murder would happen they would wonder if a long lost person they once knew had something to do with it. This seemed a little unrealistic.  Overall, this is a must read for those who enjoy fast paced psychological thrillers.
JamesS777 More than 1 year ago
The Kind Worth Killing is an Amazing novel that will send you into spiraling from one place to another, until you get to the chilling ending. The book starts off with a rich businessman named Ted, who by chance meets a beautiful young girl named Lily, who in a game of truth, reveals that he recently discovered his wife has been cheating on him. He half-heartedly jokes that he’s planning on killing her, when to his surprise, Lily volunteers to help him. What suddenly seems to be a joke, turns into a serious matter, with Lily having a dark past of murder.  The book takes from the perspective of several characters, ranging from murderers to the victims. It is easy to tell apart the personalities of the characters, as the author really brings them to life, with different reactions to similar events, and what they think of the world. However, the book also suffers from the lack of backstory for some characters, such as Ted. Still, those that do are vividly detailed, and flow into every aspect of their present actions. The overall plot is good, and unpredictable, with many assumptions changing with every chapter. While there may be an average plot twist, some of them you will never see them coming. Still, some things are questionable, such as a part where a person preposterously wonders if very old acquaintance of hers was a murderer.  There aren't many technical things, going straight into the action, which even then would truly not explain it. Most of the “action” is clever, and often times are done through deception, and the exploitation of weaknesses such as the victims’ habits and personalities.  Lots of the story is made up of flashbacks explaining Lily’s horrifying past, which is richly described. The Characters are a little generic, but with a twist, such as Lily being a mysterious, girl with a dark past, but with good intentions. Every fact counts, with people only mentioned on a minor note being revealed to be a huge factor in the story, and every minor detail plays a role in foreshadowing the future in the novel.  Overall, I enjoyed reading this great book, which chilled and shocked me all the way. With fascinating characters, and a well done plot, this is a book for mystery readers and deep thinkers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. I loved how it was written from different perspectives and kept me guessing until the last page...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Constant unexpected twists and turns! I had a hard time putting this one down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful. I loved this book. Hated the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So very, very good. If you love a good mystery/thriller, this is a GREAT mystery/thriller. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One the best books I've read in a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"My only companion at that moment was my younger self... We understood that survival was everything. It was the meaning of life. And to take life was, in many ways, the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive..." This is a MUST READ esp. for fans of mystery and psychological thrillers! I was hooked from the first page. Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) has met her match in Lily Kintner (Kind Worth Killing). The book is very well written, fast paced, and filled with twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent psychological thriller. Ending was lacking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable
Anonymous 7 months ago
Wow! This book deserves its amazing reviews. Great plot that had me rooting for the bad(?) girl. But then again, most of the characters are bad in their own way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Couldn't put it down, hooks you from the first page. Will read more from this talented writer.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
On a plane from London to Boston, Ted and Lily meet. Does this sounds familiar? Even so, Peter Swanson gives it his own special twist that kept me reading, cover to cover. Ted’s a rich businessman and Lily works is a free spirit. But you don’t want to cross her. They begin a game of truth and it gets way out of hand. Just the kind of games I love reading about. The circle of treachery went round and round, piece by piece. Things didn’t go as planned, but do they ever? The betrayals and vengeance was shared by all. I knew what would happen…sorta… Playing judge, jury and executioner can bring bad Karma to you. The pacing of the mystery kept me reading, unable to put the book down. It plays with my head as I try to keep everything straight and figure out who’s going to do what to who. Do they really think they’ll get away with it? Will they get away with it? Who is they? Can a bad person be good? LOL Full circle. The writing is fantastic. I read the book cover to cover in one sitting. I didn’t find all the answers until the very last page. Way to go Peter! I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Kept my interest the entire time. If you enjoy a good thriller, it’s worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down it qas amazing. I cant wait for his next book they are always so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner....I can't wait to read his nextbook
tommygrrl723 More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of what I love in books...and awesome storyline/premise, great character development, and some twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Still, there was 'a little something' missing; which is why I WAS able to put the book down, sometimes for a few days. The ending was good, but I did have some lingering thoughts that I would have liked to have 'wrapped up', but you understand the 'fate' of the character. Overall, if you like mystery, murder, and intrigue with good character development (not to mention a fictional glimpse in the psyche of an antisocial personality).... this book is worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book....Great ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first read of Peter Swanson’s books. Enjoyed it. Well written and held my attention. Will definitely become a fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very quick read. Plotting as smooth as Gone Girl's until the last act or so, when one detective character's traits end up working out very conveniently for another of the characters. A great deal of fun, if you like the suburbanites-from-hell genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly well-written. It had a good pace with many unexpected outcomes. I couldnt wait to pick it up to read it and I had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book l've read in awhile. Great twists! Highly recommend.