Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

worth killingOn 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.


There has been quite a buzz around Peter Swanson’s newest book. I haven’t read any of his books yet but I had a copy of The Kind Worth Killing so I thought it was a good place to start.

This ended up being such a good, twisty read. I was hooked right from the first page and the first twist actually left me breathless. It’s the kind of thriller that gets you all excited because you can’t really tell what will happen next. Things started spiraling out of control from the first chapter and it ended up being such a crazy ride that had my head spinning.

I can’t say much about the plot without spoiling it. Ted meets Lily on a plane and they end up discussing murdering his wife, Miranda. Why would Lily offer to help Ted commit such a crime? What is in it for her? Do they finally get to do it? These were the questions running through my mind as I read the story. I thought I knew where it was going but like Jon Snow, I knew nothing!

The Kind Worth Killing is really a gift to all fans of thrillers. If you enjoy this genre, then you have to read this book. It is fast-paced, shocking, addictive and mega-twisty. The ending is so good but haunting, I feel like I need to track down the author and questioning him. What a brilliant, suspenseful read!

32 thoughts on “Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

  1. Everyone I know seems to like his books. I really value your opinion on this so it’s great to hear you enjoy him so much as well. I have one of his books (I don’t know which one by heart) and I think I really need to bump it up my list a bit! Wonderful review!

    1. Thanks Inge. I have also been hearing good things about his books. Glad I finally had a chance to try out one of his and it is definitely a winner. I hope you will enjoy the one that you have. Fingers crossed it will be this one although I have heard that his books are all enjoyable.

    1. I can see why its your favorite, Jennifer. That premise is insane and the twists, so good. I can’t wait to read more books by Swanson. Thank you.

  2. I have yet to read his books but I bought this one when I bought Before She Knew Him-looks like I need to read this one 1st! I have heard several people say this is his best one and your review is fantastic, Diana. I love the sound of this one.

    1. Thanks Stephanie. This one is pretty good but I have also heard nothing but good things about Before She Knew Him. I think you’ll enjoy both.

  3. I bought this not so long ago when i saw it in the charity shop but haven’t read it yet. Defo sounds good!
    Great review 🙂

      1. Ooh, it must be a really good read if it’s one of your favorites from this year so far. I’ll definitely have to check it out whenever I get the chance.

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