The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Published: February 3, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
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.
The Kind Worth Killing is an amazing and captivating tale of Ted and Lily two strangers who meet on a flight from London to Boston. On the long plane ride seated next to one another, they start talking and with the help of a few drinks begin to tell each other things one might not tell anyone otherwise. Ted begins to tell Lily that he thinks his wife is cheating on him and Lily simply tells him she will help him kill his wife. WTF?! Yes, she did tell him that. So they make a plan to meet again and if they both show up the plan is set in motion.
We get the backstory to why Ted thinks his wife is cheating and we also get Lily’s whole backstory to when she was a kid and her life growing up. We get glimpses to why she is the way she is. She is twisted and we are shown she has been this way from the very start. This read had me on my toes from the very start. There are twists and turns and we see why Lily would help a stranger she just met. We see how this web is intertwined and when it was revealed I was shocked! The characters are intriguing and the way everyone comes together is so smart and flawless. The character of Lily is sick and twisted yet I felt sorry for her at times but then she does something and it’s like are you serious? She is one of the best characters I’ve read in a long time and she definitely stayed with me way after I finished the book.
I’ve become obsessed with Peter Swanson’s reads. Each one better than the next, the way he writes thrillers is simply wonderful. Just when you think you have figured it out he throws a curveball and totally takes everything to left field. Like I've said I have enjoyed all of his books that I have read, I only need to read one more, but this one is my fave it’s a masterpiece in my opinion. If you are looking for something that keeps you engaged and will blow your mind look no further than this read.