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Ted Severson ha una vita dorata: è giovane e ricco, proprietario di una società di consulenza plurimilionaria, sposato con una donna capace di fare girare la testa a ogni uomo che incontra. E, soprattutto, è follemente innamorato. Quando però scopre che la moglie lo tradisce secondo il più banale dei cliché, il suo mondo perfetto va in frantumi. L'unica a raccogliere il su Ted Severson ha una vita dorata: è giovane e ricco, proprietario di una società di consulenza plurimilionaria, sposato con una donna capace di fare girare la testa a ogni uomo che incontra. E, soprattutto, è follemente innamorato. Quando però scopre che la moglie lo tradisce secondo il più banale dei cliché, il suo mondo perfetto va in frantumi. L'unica a raccogliere il suo segreto è Lily, eterea sconosciuta seduta accanto a lui su un volo di ritorno dall'Inghilterra. A lei, che custodisce un passato denso di misteri, Ted racconta quello che non osa confessare neppure a sé stesso. È vero che l'omicidio potrebbe non essere la più bruciante delle colpe? È vero che alcuni di noi meritano semplicemente di essere uccisi? A poco a poco, Lily trascina Ted in una spirale alimentata in parti uguali dal desiderio e dalla sete di vendetta, nel cuore di una storia capace di rovesciare tutte le nostre certezze.


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Ted Severson ha una vita dorata: è giovane e ricco, proprietario di una società di consulenza plurimilionaria, sposato con una donna capace di fare girare la testa a ogni uomo che incontra. E, soprattutto, è follemente innamorato. Quando però scopre che la moglie lo tradisce secondo il più banale dei cliché, il suo mondo perfetto va in frantumi. L'unica a raccogliere il su Ted Severson ha una vita dorata: è giovane e ricco, proprietario di una società di consulenza plurimilionaria, sposato con una donna capace di fare girare la testa a ogni uomo che incontra. E, soprattutto, è follemente innamorato. Quando però scopre che la moglie lo tradisce secondo il più banale dei cliché, il suo mondo perfetto va in frantumi. L'unica a raccogliere il suo segreto è Lily, eterea sconosciuta seduta accanto a lui su un volo di ritorno dall'Inghilterra. A lei, che custodisce un passato denso di misteri, Ted racconta quello che non osa confessare neppure a sé stesso. È vero che l'omicidio potrebbe non essere la più bruciante delle colpe? È vero che alcuni di noi meritano semplicemente di essere uccisi? A poco a poco, Lily trascina Ted in una spirale alimentata in parti uguali dal desiderio e dalla sete di vendetta, nel cuore di una storia capace di rovesciare tutte le nostre certezze.

30 review for Quelli che meritano di essere uccisi

  1. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Holy. Effing. Shit. Now THIS was a damn great book. Everything I hoped both Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train would be...but weren't.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    This book should be getting more attention. The Kind Worth Killing is a smart, well-crafted psychological thriller. Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train should be all over this novel (but I thought Kind/Killing was much better than the bestselling-but-forgettable Girl/Train). The story opens with a man and woman, Ted and Lily, chatting in an airport lounge. Ted is upset because he recently found out his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him. Lily encourages him to talk, and says she'll help hi This book should be getting more attention. The Kind Worth Killing is a smart, well-crafted psychological thriller. Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train should be all over this novel (but I thought Kind/Killing was much better than the bestselling-but-forgettable Girl/Train). The story opens with a man and woman, Ted and Lily, chatting in an airport lounge. Ted is upset because he recently found out his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him. Lily encourages him to talk, and says she'll help him kill his wife. Ted agrees, in part because he's attracted to Lily. The chapters alternate in their points of view, so we see the story unfold from both Ted and Lily's perspective. The plot starts out simple, but things quickly get more complicated. (Murder is hard, you guys!) There are several juicy turns, but I am being vague on details so I don't spoil anything for my fellow readers. The alternating-chapters technique has been crazy popular in recent years, and it works well in this book. I especially enjoyed Lily's story. It turns out she has some experience with making people disappear, but she always has a good reason: "Truthfully, I don't think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing." BOOM! We have a title. I was so absorbed in this book that I stayed up late to read it, then I got up early, and then I considered calling in sick just so I could see how it ended. I liked all the twists in the plot, and hope Peter Swanson will craft more good thrillers. Meanwhile, I'm going to be careful who I talk to in airport lounges. Favorite Sociopathic Quote "We understood that survival was everything. It was the meaning of life. And to take another life was, in many ways, the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Truthfully, I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.” We are brought up to believe that murdering someone is the worst thing we could ever do, but is it? If a person is leaving a wide wake of broken hearts and battered spirits and in some cases much, much worse, is it really the worst thin ”Truthfully, I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.” We are brought up to believe that murdering someone is the worst thing we could ever do, but is it? If a person is leaving a wide wake of broken hearts and battered spirits and in some cases much, much worse, is it really the worst thing we can do for all of humanity to give that person a nudge towards the afterlife? Of course the question remains, are any of us capable by ourselves of being the defense, the jury, the prosecution, and ultimately the judge? When Ted Severson sees Brad Daggett, a man he has been paying an abundant amount of money to build his dream house, bend his wife, Miranda, over a table and have consensual sex with her, it sets off a string of events that...leads...to...murder. At the very least Brad should have offered Ted a discount. Okay, so the guy is banging your wife. She signed a prenup. That silly bitch isn’t getting one more thin dime out of you. You just need to go get drunk, maybe call up an old flame and have some unsatisfactory revenge sex, and call your lawyer in the morning. Not Ted. He can drink like a fish, martinis in fact, line them up from here---------------to here, but mostly he just simmers on what he saw. He even tries to convince himself that what he saw wasn’t exactly what he saw. Brad was just trying to...nope... not even after six martinis can he convince himself that Brad was doing anything, but SHAGGING his wife. Ted wasn’t sure what he was going to do until on a plane flight home he met The Lily Kintner. Maybe it is because she is beautiful and receptive to him, or maybe it is just because he has to tell someone and usually a stranger is much easier to spill your guts to than a friend. She doesn’t react the way he expects. In fact, she tells him that his wife sounds like the kind worth killing. You’d never know to look at her, but Lily is an unusual young woman. She is a woman who doesn’t believe in letting people get away with things like infidelity or lying. She doesn’t believe in turning the other cheek or forgiveness. She realizes there is something missing in her, something different. Her father is a reasonably famous author, and her mother an academic. Their household was a free-for-all of revolving parties with artists, writers, friends, and lovers of both her parents coming and going throughout her whole childhood. She was mostly left to her own devices, and when one young man took an interest in the thirteen year old with the flaming red hair and the long thin legs,...well...he annoyed her. ”I’d been waiting for two things since killing Chet. Waiting to get caught and waiting to feel bad. Neither had happened yet, and I knew that neither would.” Now, it may seem like she is just a random stranger with a morbid sense of morality, but as the plot thickens we discover why Lily has taken an interest in Ted’s shattered marriage. The chapters alternate between characters. We are allowed to see things from their perspectives and what is missing in one chapter can be revealed in the next. It all begins to really heat up when police officer Henry Kimball can’t let go of a hunch and begins to follow Lily. He adores her father’s writing, and after interviewing her a couple of times he is half in love with her, but dribs and drabs of loose ends from their conversations continue to nag at his consciousness. 2+2=3.75 There is a funny scene that I have to share that made me laugh because it reminded me of myself. Lily’s father has very distinct views of the ocean. ”He said it was like looking at death…. I love the beach, everything except the fucking sand, the fucking sun, and the fucking water.” Okay, it made me chuckle again writing it because it is so sacrosanct for anyone to ever say anything remotely negative about the ocean because everyone is so IN LOVE with water. I enjoy looking at the water. I can understand the attraction, but for me it is something to look at briefly and then move on to something more interesting. I have never really trusted large bodies of water. I wouldn’t say I’m suffering from Thalassophobia, but certainly I don’t feel the need to join the masses in venerating the ocean. I prefer solid terra firma under my feet... all the time... besides the water is such a slurry sludge pit of god knows what. Killers become victims...victims become killers. Yet again Peter Swanson has delivered a neo-noir thriller that reminds me of some of the best of James Cain. There are twists and turns enough to leave your legs corkscrewed together by the time you reach the final page. I also enjoyed his first book. The Girl with a Clock for a Heart Review If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.com I also have a Facebook blogger page at: https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten

  4. 3 out of 5

    Mischenko

    This book is featured on this week's Throwback Thursday @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/... The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a psychological thriller that will have you guessing until the end! Just who are the kind worth killing? If you haven't read this book, I recommend skipping my review and the blurb. There aren't any big spoilers here, but going in blind is probably the best... The story starts out with Lily and Ted. The two strangers come together for a game of truth which tu This book is featured on this week's Throwback Thursday @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/... The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a psychological thriller that will have you guessing until the end! Just who are the kind worth killing? If you haven't read this book, I recommend skipping my review and the blurb. There aren't any big spoilers here, but going in blind is probably the best... The story starts out with Lily and Ted. The two strangers come together for a game of truth which turns into a plan for murder. Lily has a history and Ted has issues with his wife. Lily jumps in the driver's seat and one thing leads to another. The two strangers plan an arrangement to wreak havoc, but what will be the outcome? Of course, I went into this blind and had no clue what I was getting into which is what I recommend to others. EVERYTHING you think you've figured out, you haven't. There are some major twists and turns which kept my interest from the beginning to end. The story fully grasped me and didn't let me go. The absolute only issue I had was the ending which I both loved and hated. Give me MORE! This is one of the best psychological thrillers I've read. I picked it up on audible and enjoyed all four narrators. I'd like to thank my friend Basia for recommending it! 5*****

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    I've been reading a lot of thriller/mystery/horror books and I've been finding myself being underwhelmed or straight up disappointed more often than not. I'm tired of the same tropes of alcoholic, unreliable, "just out of a coma" characters. Tired of the words "women, she, girl, wife" in the title. Tired of boring female characters. Tired of the plot revolving about her being a mom or a wife. I went into this book expecting it to be a typical thriller. Entertaining but a bit predictable... Well i I've been reading a lot of thriller/mystery/horror books and I've been finding myself being underwhelmed or straight up disappointed more often than not. I'm tired of the same tropes of alcoholic, unreliable, "just out of a coma" characters. Tired of the words "women, she, girl, wife" in the title. Tired of boring female characters. Tired of the plot revolving about her being a mom or a wife. I went into this book expecting it to be a typical thriller. Entertaining but a bit predictable... Well it wasn't the case! A man and a woman meet at the airport bar and end up talking. The man jokingly says how he wants to kill his wife since she's cheating on him... and the woman takes him seriously! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, more twists would happened while still feeling natural. I've read three books by Swanson now and this is by far my favorite!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    I’d taken enormous risks in the past two weeks, and I was lucky to have gotten away with them. But now I was done. It was over. I would live a quiet life and make sure that no one could hurt me again. I would continue to survive, knowing, as I’d known that night in the meadow, the stars pouring their light down on me, that I was special, that I was born with a different kind of morality. The morality of an animal—of a crow or a fox or an owl—and not of a normal human being. Peter Swanson, auth I’d taken enormous risks in the past two weeks, and I was lucky to have gotten away with them. But now I was done. It was over. I would live a quiet life and make sure that no one could hurt me again. I would continue to survive, knowing, as I’d known that night in the meadow, the stars pouring their light down on me, that I was special, that I was born with a different kind of morality. The morality of an animal—of a crow or a fox or an owl—and not of a normal human being. Peter Swanson, author of The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, has a twisted mind, not that there’s anything wrong with that. He seems to think in curves, bends, dips and sudden, hairpin turns. The feeling is a bit akin to being here, or maybe here. The sudden changes in direction may generate a bit of screaming, but it’s all good. Peter Swanson - from Dead Good Books It starts with a nod to, well, a bit more of a full body embrace of, Strangers on a Train, a 1950 psychological thriller by Patricia Highsmith, in which two men who meet while traveling get to sharing their troubles and decide that permanently eliminating each other’s problems might be the perfect solution. Hitchcock made a beautiful translation of the book to film in 1951. Swanson is a big fan of both Highsmith and Hitchcock. I like the idea of sudden change. That you or me or anyone could go out to a bar one evening, and the random stranger who sits down beside you changes your life forever. It’s actually something that Hitchcock liked a lot himself. Most of his protagonists are accidental ones, just ordinary people who wind up in extraordinary circumstances. In his version, Ted Severson a wealthy corporate raider (formerly a dot.com millionaire sort), at a Heathrow bar pre-flight, is approached by Lily, a lovely young thing. They strike up a conversation, and, as strangers might be better able to manage than people who actually know each other, (a theory titled The Rules of Airport Bars) they agree to tell each other the whole truth, and continue their truth-telling all the way back to Boston. The truth is gonna hurt…someone. Seems that Ted spotted his wife en flagrante with the contractor who was working with her on Ted’s Maine McMansion. Not good. ”How long ago was this?” asked my fellow traveler after I’d told her the story. “Just over a week.” She blinked her eyes, and bit at her lower lip. Her eyelids were pale as tissue paper. “So what are you going to do about it?” she asked. It was the question I’d been asking myself all week. “What I really want to do is kill her.” I smiled with my gin numbed mouth and attempted a little wink just to give her an opportunity to not believe me, but her face stayed serious. She lifted her reddish eyebrows.” “I think you should.” She said. And the game is afoot. An earlier title for this book was The Lonely Lives of Murderers, which, personally, I prefer. We are treated to multiple narrators, not all of whom are psycho-killers. These serve not only to bear witness to events from diverse perspectives, but to bring in the back story as well, offering a sliver of understanding about how at least one of the psycho killers might have become that way. This is a considerable stylistic switch from Swanson’s previous book, which was written in the third person. It is, however, entirely consistent with the madcap dashings-about of that earlier work. Detective Rebecca James carries over from The Girl With A Clock for a Heart, but that did not seem a significant connection between the two books. One soft spot of note is that it can sometimes be easy to mistake the voice of one sociopath for another. There could have been more of a tonal difference made between Lily and Miranda’s narration. This is not literature, and makes no bones about it. Swanson considers himself a failed poet, and teases himself a bit in the book by giving Ted an urge to write bawdy limericks. It’s cute. But poetry major or not, he has proven, again, that he can write a wonderful, slick entertainment. No sophomore jinx here. If you are the sort who objects to excessive reliance on the sociopath as a crutch, you may have a point, but then you would probably not be reading this sort of book anyway. Peter Swanson has written a twizzler of a novel, a sweet morsel with surprising and satisfying twists that will, when you are finished, leave you wanting more. It is a gripping read, fun, fast, and furious. The Kind Worth Killing is most definitely a psychological thriller worth reading. You might pick this up at an airport or rail terminal or maybe take it along for a day at the beach. You will be glad you had. But while you are sitting at that bar, killing time in a waiting room, maybe lounging under a palm tree or an oceanfront umbrella, be careful who you talk to and what truths you tell. Review posted – 4/10/15 Publication date – 2/3/2015 =============================EXTRA STUFF Links to the author’s Tumblr, Twitter and FB pages Swanson’s web site has a cornucopia of samples of his Hitchcock poems, other poetry, short fiction and non-fiction, and is well worth checking out. Armchair Audience is Swanson’s site for writing on “Books read. Movies seen. TV Watched” He writes 500 words a day, in the morning, then it is off to his paying gig, as a product manager for a non-profit. Hopefully The Kind Worth Killing will bring in enough scratch that he will have the luxury of writing full time. Early results are encouraging. Foreign book rights have been sold in eleven territories, and a film option has already been bought, by Nick Wechsler, producer of Magic Mike and The Road. Free download of Strangers on a Train , the book The film of Strangers on a Train can be seen here. The script was written by Czenzi Ormonde and some up-and-comer named Raymond Chandler, and if it is of interest, you can see the script here I came across a couple of interviews you might like. Nicola Mira’s interview with Swanson for Thriller Book Journal was the source of Swanson’s comment about sudden change that I included in the review. Another is from the Dead Good site, which, while a Random House property, was not half-bad.. No specific interviewer is identified.

  7. 5 out of 5

    karen

    fulfilling my 2019 goal to read (at least) one book each month that has been digitally moldering, unread, on my NOOK for years and years and years. not at all bad for a sickbed one-day read! i am very glad i decided that one of my 2019 reading goals should be to start reading through the backlog of nookbooks i've been accumulating over the years. i'm even a little glad i got sick enough to feel zero regrets or guilt in giving myself a free pass to spend the whole day in bed, reading, which is not fulfilling my 2019 goal to read (at least) one book each month that has been digitally moldering, unread, on my NOOK for years and years and years. not at all bad for a sickbed one-day read! i am very glad i decided that one of my 2019 reading goals should be to start reading through the backlog of nookbooks i've been accumulating over the years. i'm even a little glad i got sick enough to feel zero regrets or guilt in giving myself a free pass to spend the whole day in bed, reading, which is not a thing i often do. i'm the kind of dummy that, if i'm too sick to think clearly enough to get writing-work done, i will use the time to scrub the bathtub or color-code the tupperware containers to their lids with nail polish. but THIS was one of those reading-only sickness - too achy to clean or even turn pages. THANK YOU FOR FINGER-TOUCH PAGE TURNING TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE! this is my perfect version of a sickday book - it's not too intellectually demanding but it's also not brainpudding. most importantly, it keeps you wanting to read and read and read (and cough) and read as it pops you with TWIST after TWIST and CON after CON and REVEAL after REVEAL and so many muuuurderrrrrrrsssssss. which is a lousy list of things to experience in real life when you're sick, but is great for your sickbed reading. there are so many twists and turns, i just could not put the book down - there's always one more delicious WHAAAAAAT? or OH NOOOOO around the bend, and each one makes you appreciate just how tricky murder can be; identifying people who fall into the category of the kind worth killing is easy, carrying it out and covering it up is a little more complicated. take notes, notetakers! this one has lived on my virtual shelves so long that by now everyone else has already read and reviewed it, and no one needs my encouragement in that department, so instead i will just say THANK YOU to the many people who told me i should read this/i would love this either directly or indirectly, through their glowing reviews. you are all wise and attractive humans. come to my blog!

  8. 3 out of 5

    Carol

    HA.....WHAT AN ENDING! (smile)Murder here.....Murder there.....Murder everywhere in this page-turning mystery-thriller! I was surprised more than once, thoroughly entertained from beginning to end, and even found myself rooting for the devious and dangerous little psycho killer.....well, most of the time.Great Read!

  9. 3 out of 5

    Debra

    WOWZA! This book sucked me in, chewed me up and spit me out. By the way, I loved every freakin minute of it. Just who is the bad guy in this book? Who is the victim? Who is to be trusted? Who will double cross you? Is there anyone you can trust? Who is a killer? Who will be killed? Oh Lord does this book keep the bodies dropping as a psycho killer keeps killing. Ted Severson meets Lily Kinter on a flight. He finds her to be both attractive and intriguing. Over drinks he shares with her that his w WOWZA! This book sucked me in, chewed me up and spit me out. By the way, I loved every freakin minute of it. Just who is the bad guy in this book? Who is the victim? Who is to be trusted? Who will double cross you? Is there anyone you can trust? Who is a killer? Who will be killed? Oh Lord does this book keep the bodies dropping as a psycho killer keeps killing. Ted Severson meets Lily Kinter on a flight. He finds her to be both attractive and intriguing. Over drinks he shares with her that his wife is having an affair and that he would like to kill his wife. Lily's reaction to this declaration is not as expected -She doesn't even bat an eye. Lily, without hesitation, asks if she can help. Lily shares a little about her life with Ted, but she does leave out some minor (major) details. She has a troubled past which the reader learns more about as the story progresses. They make plans to meet and go their separate ways. Thus begins the game of Cat and Mouse....but just who is the cat and who is the mouse? I have to say I was shocked when the story turned on it's head and of course, I did not see that coming. Once the story turns, more is revealed about Lily's past and a police investigation begins. One of the officers becomes obsessed with Lily and there is a whole other twist in the works there. I don't want to say anymore because I don't want to give anything away. I went into this book not knowing the twist and I loved the way this book did a 360 on me. What I will say is that this book was a very good read. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries and books with psychological suspense in them. See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  10. 3 out of 5

    Jennifer Masterson

    This book was a lot of fun. 4.5 Stars. If you like psychological thrillers definitely give this one a try. The first twist totally threw me for a loop. I'm surprised The Girl on the Train was hyped more than this book was. I found a The Kind Worth Killing to be much better.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Bookaria)

    I don't know how I missed this novel when it came out but I'm glad I finally read it. It was an excellent thriller! Ted and Lily met on a flight back to the States. He shares that he recently found out his wife is cheating on him with his contractor. Ted is rich and Miranda a young and beautiful woman. In his devastation he tells Lily (jokingly) that he would kill his wife for her cheating and is surprised when Lily agrees and supports this decision. From then on the story turns darker and what f I don't know how I missed this novel when it came out but I'm glad I finally read it. It was an excellent thriller! Ted and Lily met on a flight back to the States. He shares that he recently found out his wife is cheating on him with his contractor. Ted is rich and Miranda a young and beautiful woman. In his devastation he tells Lily (jokingly) that he would kill his wife for her cheating and is surprised when Lily agrees and supports this decision. From then on the story turns darker and what follows it's a thrilling novel. The book is narrated from alternating points of view and takes place mostly around the Boston area.  I found it to be completely captivating and chilling. Overall, I loved it and recommend it to readers of thrillers and contemporary fiction.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Skyler Autumn

    5 Stars I would describe The Kind Worth Killing as a cluster fuck of mayhem that I absolutely loved. Peter Swanson takes us on a twisty turn-y action packed thriller that begins with a simple conversation between two strangers at an airport bar. After wealthy, and when I say wealthy I mean absurdly filthy stinking rich, Ted Severson confesses after one too many martinis to a beautiful mystery woman on the bar stool beside him that he caught his wife cheating on him, quickly following with a fli 5 Stars I would describe The Kind Worth Killing as a cluster fuck of mayhem that I absolutely loved. Peter Swanson takes us on a twisty turn-y action packed thriller that begins with a simple conversation between two strangers at an airport bar. After wealthy, and when I say wealthy I mean absurdly filthy stinking rich, Ted Severson confesses after one too many martinis to a beautiful mystery woman on the bar stool beside him that he caught his wife cheating on him, quickly following with a flippant remark that he wished his wife dead. Ted was surprised that not only did the lovely mystery woman named Lily Kinter, not flinch away with distain but heartedly agreed that he should kill his wife. After all some people are the kind worth killing . Ted both drunk and a little infatuated with the beguiling Lily soon finds himself in a surreal conversation with this strange woman plotting the murder of his wife. After all she clearly was only using him for his money, he had given her everything his love, time, attention and she had betrayed him and then lied to his face in such a eerily easy manner. He believed his wife to be pure evil and he was doing the world a favour ridding the world of such a selfish human. There it is, the plot. At least I thought it was. I thought well I guess the rest of the story will be the carrying out of the murder, the complications that ensue, the understanding the Lily Kinter's motives and possibly the avoidance of, or incarceration by the police. Oh how foolish I was, I thought I figured this story out and now I was going to enjoy a twisted but predictable tale. My god Peter Swanson played me like a fool. By the 30% mark of this book I was given a literary slap down when everything I thought I figured out swiftly blew up in my face. I wish I can go into more descriptions of this novel but it's impossible without divulging major spoilers, just know that there is much more then meets the eye in this story. This is how you write thrillers people, this how you do red herrings, twisted plots, mass reveals and dark character development. Take notes thriller authors this book has set the bar high. I am so glad I found such a unnerving book. I haven't been surprised in awhile and I forgot how fun and shocking it is to truly be thrown off your guard. Last book that did that to me was Gone Girl and that was quite few years ago. I can see Peter Swanson, like Gillian Flynn, loves those strong female sociopath types and I found myself once again having a girl crush on the morally duplicitous anti-hero. I can't help myself. I know I should frown on their behaviour, condemn their horrific actions but nope I love them and I want them to get everything their twisted heart desires. Thriller fans, this is a must read a tantalizing dark tale that'll have you saying "what the fuck?" out loud in your favourite quiet cozy cafe more then once because, well, WHAT THE FUCK! This story is insane. I loved it and highly recommend it to those who want their bar for the great suspense novel raised.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Just imagine....... All things in the universe line up like stepping stones for you. The right/wrong people at the right/wrong time. And this is how it plays out for the main character of Lily. She dips her fingers into the pond and the concentric circles of ripples take their effect. "Chet, can you do me a favor?" I don't think that I'd ever used his name before, and the word sounded strange in my mouth, like a swearword I wasn't supposed to say. And so it begins..... Peter Swanson takes us for a Just imagine....... All things in the universe line up like stepping stones for you. The right/wrong people at the right/wrong time. And this is how it plays out for the main character of Lily. She dips her fingers into the pond and the concentric circles of ripples take their effect. "Chet, can you do me a favor?" I don't think that I'd ever used his name before, and the word sounded strange in my mouth, like a swearword I wasn't supposed to say. And so it begins..... Peter Swanson takes us for a ride through the expected and the not-so-ever-expected notches of this story. The man can write! Each chapter takes you into the deadly mindset of each flawed character. There is plenty of evil to go around and an eye-for-an-eye at the core. Swanson uses mega amounts of the shock element within this novel. At the same time, you can't look away for fear of missing a loaded detail. And loaded it is. The Kind Worth Killing is a book worth reading. Very satisfying. I am looking forward to future offerings by this very talented author.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Hey guys, I just read the next Gone Girl!!!! Nah, just kidding. This one was actually a retelling of an oldie . . . which I didn’t even realize was a book. Some booknerd I am, huh? Anywho, to me there is no greater timesuck than a Hitchcock movie marathon and Strangers on a Train is one of my all-time faves. At the airport bar before a trans-Atlantic flight, Ted meets Lily. After having one too many cocktails, Ted starts dropping truth Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Hey guys, I just read the next Gone Girl!!!! Nah, just kidding. This one was actually a retelling of an oldie . . . which I didn’t even realize was a book. Some booknerd I am, huh? Anywho, to me there is no greater timesuck than a Hitchcock movie marathon and Strangers on a Train is one of my all-time faves. At the airport bar before a trans-Atlantic flight, Ted meets Lily. After having one too many cocktails, Ted starts dropping truthbombs about his gold-digger of a wife who has been spending her time boffing the contractor who is building their new McMansion. Lily offers Ted a sympathetic ear followed by a solution to Ted’s problems – kill the wife . . . “I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.” Plans change, however, when . . . . happen. Good news is, my lack of enjoyment of The Kind Worth Killing was probably more my fault than the book’s. It has received high marks and great praise from nearly all of my friends here on Goodreads (Snotchocheez, I stand with you in solidarity!!!). I also found this story to be WAAAAAY more unpredictable than the overhyped The Girl on the Train. That being said, I still didn’t love it. Being a fan of the Hitchcock classic, I got sucked in right away to the idea of this story and anxiously awaited some of this . . . Unfortunately, the action got bogged down with a lot of this . . . Seriously. So much driving! Notating the various landmarks passed. More driving. Driving there. Driving back. Driving, driving, driving! Think I’m kidding???? “From Storrow Drive I got onto Soldiers Field Road, then wound may way through Waltham and Newton till I found Boston Post Road, and headed west through the suburbs toward Winslow.” Right when I was getting ready to scream out of frustration . . . Getting me all excited once again. Sadly it wasn’t for long due to the format of the second half of the book . . . Yep. Just when I got my hopes up the writing style changed and began detailing a scene from one narrator’s perspective, then rewinding it and re-telling it from another narrator’s perspective (and often times rewinding it yet again to tell it from one more person’s point of view). #snore But like I said, everyone else seems to really love it so I probably just read it wrong : )

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    When I first started reading this I started to categorize people I knew who pissed me off. According to this book, they would be considered the ‘kind worth killing’. Attention Grabber. Life, you’re going on hold. I need to read this! Swanson has created a sensual thriller where 2 strangers meet at an airport and decide to play a game of truth telling. It quickly becomes a recipe for the murder of a spouse. Through brilliant twists and turns and various characters, the story comes together and is When I first started reading this I started to categorize people I knew who pissed me off. According to this book, they would be considered the ‘kind worth killing’. Attention Grabber. Life, you’re going on hold. I need to read this! Swanson has created a sensual thriller where 2 strangers meet at an airport and decide to play a game of truth telling. It quickly becomes a recipe for the murder of a spouse. Through brilliant twists and turns and various characters, the story comes together and is really very simple: You hurt me, you go on my kill list. You don’t deserve to live and I’m doing the world a service for removing you. Lovers beware of the person you think you know and love. If you cheat on them, it's open season. Only true psychopaths get away with murder. They live and breathe the plotting of a death exhaling only once the plan is executed. This was a page turner and I was lured from the start. It was a quick and enjoyable read. 4 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I will never understand why books like The Girl on the Train become runaway bestsellers when books like this exist. Yeah, yeah... there are similarities. This story revolves around four crazy people doing crazy stuff with plenty of crazy plot twists along the way just like that other book I mentioned. But, come on, this story is so much better. I loved how the story begins with Ted and Lily running into each other at the airport and having an interesting conversation. And, I loved how the second I will never understand why books like The Girl on the Train become runaway bestsellers when books like this exist. Yeah, yeah... there are similarities. This story revolves around four crazy people doing crazy stuff with plenty of crazy plot twists along the way just like that other book I mentioned. But, come on, this story is so much better. I loved how the story begins with Ted and Lily running into each other at the airport and having an interesting conversation. And, I loved how the second half of the book resets everything and flips the story into something completely different than I thought it was going to be. There is plenty of backstory here, too, so most of the characters have depth even if their pasts are ridiculously unbelievable at times. I mean you really have to just roll with this thing and not think about it too much because it's insane. I can't really say anything else without giving too much away. The only thing that bugged me was how convenient some things were from some people, especially one of them, when it came to certain things that happened in particular sections of the book. See how vague that was? I can't say anymore.....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I’m forever in search of the next Gone Girl, and this isn’t it. I seriously wish all the damn marketers would stop leading me on. This book isn’t a bad psychological thriller; I just wasn’t wowed. Okay, okay, it IS twist city, and yes, that was great fun. The characters are deliciously wicked and creative in their evil ways. The writing is straightforward, and the story flows easily--no wrong moves here. The author tells a riveting story. But, but… Each chapter title is the name of a character wh I’m forever in search of the next Gone Girl, and this isn’t it. I seriously wish all the damn marketers would stop leading me on. This book isn’t a bad psychological thriller; I just wasn’t wowed. Okay, okay, it IS twist city, and yes, that was great fun. The characters are deliciously wicked and creative in their evil ways. The writing is straightforward, and the story flows easily--no wrong moves here. The author tells a riveting story. But, but… Each chapter title is the name of a character who tells their version of the story. So far, so good. First person is always cozy, and I love it. However, in this case the voices are all interchangeable: Take off the chapter titles and there’s no way you know who is talking. I can see how it would be tough to create unique voices (without feeling a little schizo), but the pros seem to do it effortlessly. Still, my experience is a good one. It’s the middle of the book and I’m glued to the page, when POP!—a fantastic twist, one that was impossible to see coming. I’m in love with this book. I’m giving it 4 or 5 stars for sure. I’m all wound up but suddenly I’m let down, as the book drags for a while. There aren’t any red herrings or long-winded lectures, it just stalls. The ending is great, I must admit, but I had already demoted the book to a 3. I had my reasons. It’s just that the sag in the middle and the lack of separate character voices aren’t the only problems. I’m dying to talk about other issues but can’t, without giving spoilers. I’m a blabbermouth, so I’ll say it but hide it. (view spoiler)[ First of all, I’m just not buying that there are TWO psychopathic killers who dated the same guy at the same time at the same school. That’s so far-fetched it’s ridiculous. And there are two other killers who don’t appear to be psychopaths. So I’m to believe there are FOUR killers (all inter-related) in one story? Really? A woman you sit next to on a plane convinces you to murder your wife, sure. (And it turns out you actually met her once.) And your girlfriend talks you into murdering her husband—sure, happens all the time. Second, and this one is a killer (no pun intended): Two characters describe their moment of death! Name one dead person who can do that! We’re supposed to not notice that the people telling the story couldn’t be telling the story because they had died? Make it not so! Make it so the author really didn’t do this! Did he do it on purpose and think it was cool (and decided to throw realism out the window)? Did he do it on purpose but figured no one would notice? Did he just never notice this huge fuckup with his story? Please, have the killer, not the deceased, tell the story of the death, or have an omniscient narrator step in for a while. Please. Once I saw that dead people described their death, I couldn’t un-know it. The talking dead were shiny bright in my mind. (hide spoiler)] This is not a book full of highlights, but strangely, I remember two (unrelated) truths from it: 1. A man looks at a woman and imagines her naked, while the woman looks at the man and wonders whether he finds her attractive. 2. Every hundred years, all new people. So I must admit that because of these truths, and the fact that I remember them (given that my memory isn’t so hot), the book earns some serious respect. There’s lots of suspense, and the amazing twist halfway through, combined with the cool ending, all make it worth the price of admission. It’s a fast read, with decent writing. I desperately wanted to find out what was going to happen, so I was super interested despite my complaints. Would I recommend it? I would. I won’t be shoving the book into my friends’ faces, but if someone asks me for a decent psychological thriller, I’ll mention this one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    j e w e l s

    A PROUD ADDITION TO THE TWISTER HALL OF FAME at www.booksbejeweled.com “I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.” ― Peter Swanson, The Kind Worth Killing This first-rate domestic thriller has never gotten the attention it deserved. It won a couple of awards when it was released in 2015, but T A PROUD ADDITION TO THE TWISTER HALL OF FAME at www.booksbejeweled.com “I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.” ― Peter Swanson, The Kind Worth Killing This first-rate domestic thriller has never gotten the attention it deserved. It won a couple of awards when it was released in 2015, but The Girl on the Train was published around the same time and that press junket steamrolled over any serious consideration The Kind Worth Killing was gaining as the go-to novel that year. A modern take on the Patricia Highsmith classic, Strangers on a Train, the story is told mostly through the voice of Lily. I read this over two years ago, and I still remember Lily! She is a terrifyingly, unreliable narrator due to her psychotic tendencies. Here’s the weird part: I started sympathizing with her and hoping she would get away with murder in the end. This is a talented writer, people! To turn readers into serial killer sympathizers, kudos to the skillful Peter Swanson! If I summarize this book, it would be filled with spoilers. You’re most likely familiar with the Highsmith book or the Hitchcock movie, so you already know the plot. It is a cat and mouse game played with the highest stakes. But there is so much more in the way of characterization (especially Lily!) and plot twists and shocks and murder and…MAYHEM! Amen to that. Now is the time to pull THE KIND WORTH KILLING out of your TBR stack. You will be rewarded with lots of creepiness and an unputdownable story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paulette

    WOW WOW - This book deserves all the stars! This is a faced paced, keep you guessing, edgy cat n mouse psychological thriller. I was hooked when I read the jacket, two strangers meet at an airport bar, waiting for there very delayed flight. They start talking, Ted confesses his intention to kill his wife after catching her in the act with another man…… the other stranger (Lily) offers to help him kill her……. It is best to go into the book without reading reviews. You think you know where this is WOW WOW - This book deserves all the stars! This is a faced paced, keep you guessing, edgy cat n mouse psychological thriller. I was hooked when I read the jacket, two strangers meet at an airport bar, waiting for there very delayed flight. They start talking, Ted confesses his intention to kill his wife after catching her in the act with another man…… the other stranger (Lily) offers to help him kill her……. It is best to go into the book without reading reviews. You think you know where this is going, but you don’t. There are lots of twists and shocked gasps (from me anyway) and I absolutely loved the finale YES! Do yourself a favor and read this book!

  20. 3 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    Solidly entertaining, and a real page-turner. It got a little messy towards the end, but it's still very good. Recommended if you liked THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN--and if you didn't, you still might like this if you thought TRAIN was too slow. (view spoiler)[The main character here is also definitely more of a clear cut, unpleasant stereotype than the other book's everyday protagonist/villain. (hide spoiler)]

  21. 3 out of 5

    Lala BooksandLala

    So. Fucking. Good.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister

    Whoa! I gotta say that some of the twists and turns in this book definitely took me by surprise!!! I must admit near the beginning of THE KIND WORTH KILLING by PETER SWANSON had me feeling a little bit uncomfortable and questioning the motives of our devious, scheming, and manipulative main character, Lily. I just didn't know if I could get passed the planning stages and the idea that it was okay to murder someone and Lily’s dispassionate comment that Miranda, seems like “the kind worth killing” Whoa! I gotta say that some of the twists and turns in this book definitely took me by surprise!!! I must admit near the beginning of THE KIND WORTH KILLING by PETER SWANSON had me feeling a little bit uncomfortable and questioning the motives of our devious, scheming, and manipulative main character, Lily. I just didn't know if I could get passed the planning stages and the idea that it was okay to murder someone and Lily’s dispassionate comment that Miranda, seems like “the kind worth killing”, hence the title of the novel. Then I reminded myself that hey this is a psychological thriller that is actually very cleverly written! The characters are so well-drawn, captivating, and malicious but yet so intriguing that you can't help to get caught up in their cat and mouse game. The story is told through four different perspectives but Lily's voice is heard the most throughout the story. Even though I found myself questioning her motives, the way she justifies her actions and the interactions she had with the other characters had me rooting for her throughout this twisted and chilling tale. That's good writing! I listened to this on Audible & also followed along with the print copy, just in case I missed something! I really enjoyed the performance by all four narrators. To sum it all up, this is a gripping, suspenseful, enjoyable, and an extremely fascinating novel that left me feeling totally satisfied. Would recommend! All of Brenda’s and my reviews can be found on our sister blog: http://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Unless you're a saint, I would think most people have thought some heinous individuals add no value to the world, and should not be allowed to live and continue their evil ways. But, obviously, murder isn’t easy! The human brain is coded for compassion, for guilt -- for a kind of empathic pain that causes the person inflicting harm to feel a degree of suffering that is in many ways as intense as what the victim is experiencing. Say what you will about the characters in this book, but they had to Unless you're a saint, I would think most people have thought some heinous individuals add no value to the world, and should not be allowed to live and continue their evil ways. But, obviously, murder isn’t easy! The human brain is coded for compassion, for guilt -- for a kind of empathic pain that causes the person inflicting harm to feel a degree of suffering that is in many ways as intense as what the victim is experiencing. Say what you will about the characters in this book, but they had to overcome a lot of powerful neural wiring to commit the crimes they did. “The Kind Worth Killing” is full of sociopathic, vengeful and backstabbing individuals who don't add up to one decent human being altogether. And somehow, in light of the horrendous nature of many of the characters, I still found myself attached to them... This is a “guy-meets-girl-and-they-decide-to-murder-his-cheating-wife” story, but that's only the starting point. The plot has a lot twists and turns, but once you get around each bend it makes perfect sense. It's hard to describe because I've never read anything like it. The novel is told from the perspective of alternating narratives between the main characters, and it switches between past and current timelines. Although I don’t always enjoy how many authors use this technique, I felt that in this case, Peter Swanson did a masterful job at using past narratives to provide details, previous connections and clues. At the same time, he managed to hold back enough specifics to keep you guessing on how everything is going to end. While the narrative and dialog wouldn't really qualify as humor, I often had to laugh as the layers were peeled back to reveal more information about each character, and new ones were introduced. Swanson did a great job in creating fully fleshed out characters. Although not one sympathetic character exists in the book, they are unique and very interesting. It was fun to follow a bunch of psychopaths on a blind collision course. (view spoiler)[ Of course, my favorite is Lily. I admire the insidious way the author leads you to identify with her, making a rather unlikely serial killer not only believable but likable! (hide spoiler)] He weaves just enough negativity into the characters of the victims to make the reader understand the killer's perspective, while still occasionally leaving you wondering if that perspective was indeed accurate. That balance injected just enough hint of an "unreliable narrator" to add to the overall emotional impact. The novel does lack credibility in a number of instances, such as the inept police work and the ease of body disposal. I also think some of the mental leaps to connect this person to that person were too easy, or jumping to a certain conclusion was a little too convenient for the overall plot. But because it was such a compelling read I didn’t mind so much -- the story was transfixing enough that the incredulity did not distract from the pleasure of the story. Overall, this book is smart, full of surprises, and just when you think you know what's going on it veers in a completely different direction. It was the perfect recipe of imperfect characters and ludicrous timing that kept me captivated throughout – and the ending is a master-stroke!

  24. 3 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    WOW!! Murder, Sex, and Conspiracy to Murder... Talk about a Thrilling page turner Lily Kintner Imagine meeting an attractive stranger on a plane ride from London to the States. After sharing a few drinks, you each start to divulge secrets about your lives. It's all anonymous, so what's the harm? It's all fun until a jaded lover begins to talk about killing their unfaithful spouse. Lily's story will suck you in and have you cheering for the antagonist. Miranda Miranda is a beautiful, selfish, vixen an WOW!! Murder, Sex, and Conspiracy to Murder... Talk about a Thrilling page turner Lily Kintner Imagine meeting an attractive stranger on a plane ride from London to the States. After sharing a few drinks, you each start to divulge secrets about your lives. It's all anonymous, so what's the harm? It's all fun until a jaded lover begins to talk about killing their unfaithful spouse. Lily's story will suck you in and have you cheering for the antagonist. Miranda Miranda is a beautiful, selfish, vixen and she has learned to use her good looks to get whatever she wants in life. The feelings of others are inconsequential. She finds her self front and center in a plot to commit murder. But with Miranda, nothing is what it appears to be on the surface. Ted Ted has found that money can buy you a lot of things, except a faithful wife. His world is about to turn upside down as he is seduced by revenge. He just wants to hurt those that have hurt him most. But life is full of surprises and Ted is in for the shock of his life!! Lily's meadow well We all need a peaceful place to escape to. Lily's meadow is her refuge. And it holds some very dirty secrets. Brad Oh Brad...your dating classified add should state: Attractive, but not the sharpest tool in the shed!!! This book was a page turner for me. I loved the multiple points of view of different characters. There are plots to commit murder that will have you torn. There were times when I found myself siding with and rooting for the killer. But most of the time, I was just intrigued by the story, with it's many twists and turns. Just when I thought I knew what was gonna happen, the author would throw a monkey wrench. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, then I recommend this read. If you're like me, and Did Not enjoy Gone Girl, then I Highly recommend this book! I felt that these characters had more depth and I actually liked them. The Kind Worth Killing is a solid 4 star read that will have your inner monster cheering for the bad guy!!

  25. 3 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    3.5ISH Stars (4 Stars ~ For Writing/3ish Stars~ For overall story) This story was well written and highly addicting. It was a very fast paced read that doesn’t have much romance to speak of. I didn’t particularly love how things ended but did love the thrill of the ride. "Truthfully, I don't think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, 3.5ISH Stars (4 Stars ~ For Writing/3ish Stars~ For overall story) This story was well written and highly addicting. It was a very fast paced read that doesn’t have much romance to speak of. I didn’t particularly love how things ended but did love the thrill of the ride. "Truthfully, I don't think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing." I see in some reviews this story is being compared to the likes of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train both books that I found to be a much more memorable reads. Still this is the type of read that you can’t fully say what you think until you finish and see the big picture. Looking at the big picture, I found it to be a decent story that didn't lag at all but wasn't anything I will remember in the years to come. ”Why does a stranger agree to help someone murder his wife? What does she get out of it?”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    Wow! What a thriller! This book has a lot of twists and feel that it was a very fun book! I was shocked at the ending which was another twist! If you haven't read this yet and love thrillers this one is a must!It all started when Faith stole Lily's boyfriend Eric from her and it never seems to stop. Scene after scene of sociopaths and murderers, and right when you think that you have it figured out another twist pops up! The ending was the thrill and I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't hold i Wow! What a thriller! This book has a lot of twists and feel that it was a very fun book! I was shocked at the ending which was another twist! If you haven't read this yet and love thrillers this one is a must!It all started when Faith stole Lily's boyfriend Eric from her and it never seems to stop. Scene after scene of sociopaths and murderers, and right when you think that you have it figured out another twist pops up! The ending was the thrill and I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't hold in the laugh! This book definitely meets the Wow factor! Ooohh I loved the ride and think that you will too! I just loved this book. This is the third book in a row that I gave 5 stars too. I really love it when it happens like this. It has to be an above over the top book for this to happen and this one definitely is one. So make sure you click on kindle or to the bookstore now and get this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dem

    Wonderfully twisted and chilling suspense novel that will keep you tuning the pages. Thank you Noeleen for recommending this book as I was having a reading slump and this was just the book to make me sit up and shake of the cobwebs. This Novel grabbed my attention from Page one with its short flowing chapters and its quirky plot which starts with a conversation in an Airport bar between two strangers and leads to some riveting reading. A cast of despicable characters and a plot full of twists and Wonderfully twisted and chilling suspense novel that will keep you tuning the pages. Thank you Noeleen for recommending this book as I was having a reading slump and this was just the book to make me sit up and shake of the cobwebs. This Novel grabbed my attention from Page one with its short flowing chapters and its quirky plot which starts with a conversation in an Airport bar between two strangers and leads to some riveting reading. A cast of despicable characters and a plot full of twists and turns really made this book a real page turner. I especially loved the ending .

  28. 3 out of 5

    Luke Narlee

    I noticed that I marked this book as "read," but nothing else (aka: no rating or review) which I don't normally do. So, because that's abnormal for me and because I think this book deserves better, I'm going to write something about it. But, I must warn you ahead of time...I didn't get enough sleep last night and my current mood is a little delirious and strange. Enter at your own risk... It's been a while since I read this, so I am currently incapable of giving a detailed review. So you are abso I noticed that I marked this book as "read," but nothing else (aka: no rating or review) which I don't normally do. So, because that's abnormal for me and because I think this book deserves better, I'm going to write something about it. But, I must warn you ahead of time...I didn't get enough sleep last night and my current mood is a little delirious and strange. Enter at your own risk... It's been a while since I read this, so I am currently incapable of giving a detailed review. So you are absolutely guaranteed not to find any spoilers below. With that being said, the following is what still lingers in my memory when I try and think back on this book: 1) It was a very addicting, quick read (like The couple next door and The girl on the train). 2) Despite being full of fairly unlikable characters, I found the characters to be very interesting and fun to read about, probably because they had personalities (unlike in The couple next door and The Girl on the train). 3) It kept me guessing and left me feeling satisfied (somewhat unlike TCND and TGOTT = let's be honest, we all knew what the twists were in those, even if we weren't sure about it at the time, didn't we? ) (yes, I'm resorting to acronyms now, despite how long and unattractive they are). 4) If you like this sort of very popular relationship/at least one female in this story is most likely a psychotic murderer/mystery/thriller, then I don't think you can possibly go wrong with this one (sort of like Couple Next Door and Girl on Train except there's a few things that go wrong in those that made them less enjoyable than this one (see my reviews) (yes, I decided to abbreviate instead, the acronyms were just too unattractive and just as tedious). 5) This book left me excited to read whatever this author writes next (I know what it is because a bunch of people have already read it and reviewed it on here even though it isn't out yet, I just can't think of the title (women staring through windows?). I'm more excited about it than the next books coming out by the authors of those other two books (NEN), but not excited enough to read Swanson's first book apparently (Girl with the clock heart), because I still haven't managed to get around to it. Perhaps it's because the word "girl" is in the title, which is quickly becoming the world's biggest eye roll. So that's saying something at least... For those of you who knew what (NEN) stood for without hesitation, I owe you lunch. Bottom line: This is a very enjoyable mystery that doesn't try too hard, it just is. Thank you for reading. Special Note: With all due respect to Shari Lapena and Paula Hawkins, they both wrote very good, enjoyable books. I just have fun ragging on some of the their less-than-stellar qualities. Special Note part 2: Some of you may be wondering why I failed to mention "Gone girl" anywhere in this review, since it's like the President of domestic thrillers with "girl" in the title, but I've just never been able to get into that book. I tried reading it like four times and kept putting it down. I'm pretty sure that statement is illegal at this point, but it's still the truth, none-the-less. Not so special note: I haven't read the Behind Closed Doors yet, but I want to.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Two strangers (Ted Severson and Lily Kintner) begin talking to each other in a lounge-bar at London’s Heathrow airport. While their flight is delayed they begin to tell each other a little bit about themselves. Ted mentions that he is married and that he thinks his wife Miranda is having an affair with the house contractor, Brad. Ted says, in an offhand way, that he would like to kill his wife Miranda. Lily replies, “I think you should”. Is she joking? She offers to help him. When they get on th Two strangers (Ted Severson and Lily Kintner) begin talking to each other in a lounge-bar at London’s Heathrow airport. While their flight is delayed they begin to tell each other a little bit about themselves. Ted mentions that he is married and that he thinks his wife Miranda is having an affair with the house contractor, Brad. Ted says, in an offhand way, that he would like to kill his wife Miranda. Lily replies, “I think you should”. Is she joking? She offers to help him. When they get on their flight (they are both flying to the US) they both seriously discuss killing Miranda, and Brad. And they plan to meet up later with more details about how they are going to do it. This was a really compelling and captivating read. I had a hard time putting this book down. It reminded me a bit of the old Hitchcock movie, “Strangers On A Train”. This book also had some unexpected twists and turns in it. A very gripping suspense story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    The whole time I was reading this I kept thinking of two lines in the poem, "Marmion" by Sir Walter Scott, taken completely out of context of course, "Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." This book was deception after deception, deceptions to cover other deceptions. Even when it looked like one thing was going to happen, something else did. Definitely kept one reading, such a grouping of characters with little or no conscience. Well written, suspenseful and rapidl The whole time I was reading this I kept thinking of two lines in the poem, "Marmion" by Sir Walter Scott, taken completely out of context of course, "Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." This book was deception after deception, deceptions to cover other deceptions. Even when it looked like one thing was going to happen, something else did. Definitely kept one reading, such a grouping of characters with little or no conscience. Well written, suspenseful and rapidly paced, I found this to be a very entertaining read. Loved the ending too, totally unexpected, but I thought perfect. ARC from Publisher.

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