The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson



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?

I must admit the beginning of the story had me wondering if this was for me. The whole premise seemed quite absurd. Who on earth would think it sensible to tell a complete stranger they want to kill their spouse? Which is what Ted tells Lily when he meets her on a flight to Boston. However, I persevered and it took only a few pages for me to be completely hooked and I’m glad I stuck with it.

What a develish plot this is. If you like a story that keeps you guessing, then this is the novel for you. There are so many twists and turns, I felt like I’d been stuck in the spin cycle of my washing machine not knowing which way was up. None of the characters are particularly likeable, yet I somehow found myself sympathising with, well, a sociopath by all accounts. Quite disconcerting, to say the least.

This is a suspenseful page-turner that kept me up well into the night, desperate to know the outcome.  It’s a story of betrayal, manipulation and revenge and while I couldn’t predict the end at all, it was highly satisfying. If you like the psychological thriller genre, don’t hesisate to add this to your TBR pile. Better yet, read it right now!

14 thoughts on “The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson

  1. It does seem a bit foolish to tell a stranger you intend to kill your spouse, but hey, cocktails! 🙂 I like that the plot is going enough to keep you going without the need to like any particular character!

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