Book Reviews

The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson (Book Review)


Title : The Kind Worth Killing

Author : Peter Swanson


Genre : Adult psychological thriller


Goodreads summary :

On a flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning Lily Kintner. Over martinis, the strangers play a game in which they reveal intimate details about themselves, but what begins as playful banter between Ted and Lily takes a turn when Ted claims, half-seriously, that he’d like to kill his wife. Lily surprises him by saying she’d like to help.

Back in Boston, Ted and Lily forge an unusual bond and talk about the ways Ted can get out of his marriage, but Lily has her own dark history she’s not sharing with Ted. As Ted begins to fall in love with Lily, he grows anxious about any holes in their scheme that could give them away. Before long, the two are pulled into a lethal game of cat and mouse, one in which both are not likely to survive when all is said and done.

Non-Spoilery Thoughts

I still don’t know exactly what I feel about this book.

It was such a crazy book. Like, what the fuck actually happened?

Since it is a psychological thriller, I’m not going to delve into the details of the plot. The plot was interesting, but definitely not as much as the premise makes it sound. The summary talks about how this man and woman meet and the man admits that he wants to kill his wife, and that just sounded so interesting to me. However, the way the plot plays out is a tad bit disappointing, and maybe this is because I read way too many psychological thrillers, I found the plot a tad bit generic. However, if you are someone who hasn’t read a lot of this genre and are interested in it, I highly recommend this!

All the characters in the book are such crazy people. Everyone wants to murder everyone, and the main character is such a psychopath. I just couldn’t handle the craziness, after a point. Though the characters were definitely more than flat, cardboard characters, they were still not as fleshed out as I was hoping them to be. The book keeps switching between multiple perspectives, and I was not the hugest fan of the switching perspectives.

The narration was well-done, and the pacing and storytelling was pretty good. It’s definitely a book which will keep you interested and you’ll want to read more and more as you go on.

The ending of the book was fantastic, with the author changing the game on the very last page. However, I feel like too many psychological thrillers end that way, with everything turning around only on the very last page. That doesn’t necessarily make the book bad, it probably just means that I should stop reading psychological thrillers for a while.

All in all, this was a good book, but I can’t bring myself to love the book, or even like it (to be honest). It’s just one of those books where I’m very mixed as to exactly how I feel. I would recommend this if you’re interested in psychological thrillers; however, if you’re an avid reader of this genre – you’ll definitely find better books out there.

My Rating

2.75/5 stars

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