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Wow. I have not been as excited about a book in a very, very long time. So much so that I’m giving away my thoughts on the beginning of the post. Like I’ve said in my previous book review, I am an avid lover of thrillers. But after reading so many, it’s rare to find one that jumps out and grabs my attention like The Kind Worth Killing. I started this book on Saturday evening and finished on Sunday afternoon. It was so hard to put down! But before I start rambling and getting ahead of myself, let’s start with the basics.
The Kind Worth Killing is a book by Peter Swanson. It’s a book you want to curl up to on a dreary and gloomy London afternoon with a cup of tea. A thrilling mystery about characters who meet by chance at Heathrow while waiting for their flight to board. Although loosely inspired by the classic Strangers on a Train, both having characters who meet while travelling, recounting each other’s tales of sex and deceit, that’s really where the similarities end.
I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger’s face.
‘Do I know you?’
Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched – but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted’s wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
A sublimely plotted novel of trust and betrayal, The Kind Worth Killing will keep you gripped and guessing late into the night.
How good did that sound?
So first things first, the twists. Oh my goodness, the twists are amazing! I pride in the fact that I can usually guess the outcome of a book or movie pretty early on, but with The Kind Worth Killing I just kept getting blindsided. And it’s not just one giant twist at the end. Its one after another. The story is told in such a way that once it starts, it keeps moving forward, like a fast moving train, making it hard to stop reading. I wont spoil things, but it’s got one of the best endings I’ve read in a while. Sinister, dark and well-executed.
The characters are far from innocent. Sinful and wicked, each with their own devious agenda, but it’s difficult to not root for them, especially one character in particular. As a reader, we get to peel each layer, catching glimpses of their psyche before finally understanding their true nature. Another great thing is the setting. We move from one location to another, through time, going from past to present day, which can be confusing, but each scene and location is so distinct, like another character in the book, haunting and moody, edging you along for the ride.
As far as comparisons to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, I don’t think there’s much to it. Yes, if you enjoyed reading Gone Girl and TGOTT you will probably enjoy reading this gem. However, other than that and the fact that all three are thrillers with great twists, The Kind Worth Killing is original and most definitely worth a read. How would I rate it? As rare as it is for me to give out this rating, I have to go with a 5/5. But don’t take my word for it, pick up a copy, so we can obsess and discuss it together!
I hope you enjoyed this review, and let me know of other books worth reading. Lots of love 🙂