The Kind Worth Killing

By Peter Swanson


My Rating: Now This Is Interesting... 



A devious tale of psychological suspense so irresistible that it prompts Entertainment Weekly to ask, “Is The Kind Worth Killing the next Gone Girl?” From one of the hottest new thriller writers, Peter Swanson, a name you may not know yet (but soon will), this is his breakout novel in the bestselling tradition of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train—and is soon to be a major movie directed by Agnieszka Holland.

In a tantalizing set-up reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train… 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.



A beautiful woman named Lily meets a stranger, Ted, a successful businessman, at the airport in London. They begin drinking at the airport bar and continue on an overnight flight to Boston. They being to play a dangerous game of truth, where they share deep dark things with each other. Ted shares that his wife Miranda has been banging the contractor, Brad, who is working on their vacation house. Oopsy. Lily asks Ted what he wants to do about it, to which Ted announces he wants to kill Brad and Miranda.

We learn about Lily and Ted from each of them alternating. Ted's narration provides information such as how he saw Miranda and Brad together (hello!) and Lily's narration explains a little more about her past.  It is dark.  

They decide to meet up again in a week to see if this is really what they want to do. They meet, and they do (really want to kill Brad and Miranda that is). 

I have to cut the details here and move straight into the spoilers because this is big... 



Holy crap! Brad kills Ted! What??? I so thought he and Lily were going to finish out the book/narration but no its abrupt and I remember being truly surprised (which is hard to do to a skeptic). 

Ok let me compose myself and back up a little.  Lily is dark and twisty, I mean really dark.  She killed her college boyfriend because he cheated on her (sure). She killed a disgusting man that was her parents "friend" who was way into little kids when she was a kid (I can't go more into this because it made me sick and all creeped out). 

Heres where crap gets really nuts... Miranda is actually the chick who Lily's college boyfriend cheated with! What??? Miranda put Brad up to killing Ted while she was away in Florida. That B! Well guess what, Lily is able to talk Brad into killing Miranda! Genius! It is a very intense scene and you aren't sure if he will go through with it or try to kill Lily instead but nope, he whacks her with a wrench and thats all she wrote. So of course Lily has to kill Brad so he will go down for Miranda's murder. 

More interesting scenes occur when we meet Detective Kimball (hello creepy) who is sent in to investigate Lily. He falls under her spell and becomes pretty fixated on her.  She is afraid he will catch on that she is the one that took out - well pretty much everyone - so what does Lily do? She tries to kill him as well! Bad move Lily, bad move.  She is caught in the act and guess who lives. Again oopsy. 

Well then there is the ending... this one is a doozy in both good and bad ways. Lily is in jail and it looks like she may get off for attempting to kill Detective Kimball because his obsession with her is starting to come to light then Lily receives notice from her dad that the well behind the house is getting bulldozed tomorrow (while she is still in jail) well guess where Lily hid the bodies to the ones she has killed... yep you got it.  So does that mean that all evidence of her crimes will be destroyed while she is about to get out or does that mean that all crimes she has committed will be coming to light? 


My Thoughts:

I actually really liked this book.  It was different and the ending will tick off a lot of people (I was initially one of those people) but the more I think about it I actually love the ending.  I choose to believe Lily will get out of jail and all evidence of her crimes will be forever destroyed.  I hate that everyone compares this book to Gone Girl or Girl On The Train, it is neither of those books, it is just different and I think thats what sets it apart.