The Kind Worth Killing

by Peter Swanson

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LoveReading View on The Kind Worth Killing

Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015.

Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015.

Maxim Jakubowski's February 2015 Book of the Month.

US author Swanson confirms the promise of his excellent debut The Girl with a Clock for a Heart with an oustanding suspense tale that will be vying for awards by the end of the year. Beginning, Highsmith and Hitchcock-style, with two strangers meeting on a plane and, jokingly plotting the murder of an unfaithful wife, this quickly veers into deeply dark territory with heartstopping twists you just don't see coming and the wicked portrait of an anti-heroine with a soul of glass and a surfeit of concealed evil, the likes of which you will be both seduced and appalled by, and a memorable creation in the annals of villainy to put alongside Amy of GONE GIRL fame. To say this is gripping is an understatement, a perfect thriller that will haunt your nights and days forever, and the sort of novel that renews your love for crime fiction.


Sarah Broadhurst's view...

A dual-voiced psychological thriller jumping between Ted and Lily.  Ted’s wife is being unfaithful and he dreams of killing her and her lover.  Lily is happy to do it for him.  They met at Heathrow when their flight was delayed, drunk perhaps a tad too much and then opened up their hearts.  We, the reader, learn that Lily, aged 9, believed the next-door neighbour had sexual desires for her.  Aged 14 (a few sections later) she kills him and drops his body down the disused well.  Jump to Ted’s domestic problems and Lily’s thirst for blood returns.  This is fast-paced, cinematic stuff.  Will she, won’t she, can she get away with it and what will happen next?  Truly suspenseful and chilling stuff.

Maxim Jakubowski

The Kind Worth Killing Synopsis

You should never talk to strangers...Gone Girl meets Strangers on a Train in this year's must-read psychological thriller. Extremely hard to put down . (Sophie Hannah). Chilling and hypnotically suspenseful . (Lee Child). 'Hello there.' I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger's face. 'Do I know you?' Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future? A sublimely plotted novel of trust and betrayal, The Kind Worth Killing will keep you gripped and guessing late into the night.

The Good Book Guide Review

Each new debut crime novel arrives adorned with unpersuasive hyperbole from the publisher, but sometimes it’s justified. That was certainly the case with Peter Swanson’s The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, but many a tyro writer falls at the hurdle of the second book: does Swanson’s The Kind Worth Killing break this disappointing progression? At a London airport, Ted Severson bonds with a woman he meets over cocktails and they concoct an outrageous criminal plan – but do both of them mean to go through with it? This central premise may be borrowed from Strangers on a Train, but Swanson takes the notion in some truly startling directions, excelling in the vividly etched characterisation of his protagonists (such as Ted’s ruthless wife Miranda, nurturing her own secrets). But what makes the book so enjoyable is the beautifully constructed plotting – that element alone comfortably sees off ‘second novel syndrome’.

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ISBN: 9780571302192
Publication date: 05/02/2015
Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571302192
Publication date: 5th February 2015
Author: Peter Swanson
Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,

About Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson's debut novel, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (2014), was described by Dennis Lehane as 'a twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride' and in the Observer as 'very hard not to read in one sitting'. He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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