“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.” It is with these words spoken by Lily Kintner to Ted Severson on a night flight from London to Boston that the reader becomes drawn into Peter Swanson’s newest book, “The Kind Worth Killing”. Coming to realize that Lily is right about his wife, Miranda, Ted begins to plot how best to kill his wife and her lover with input from Lily. This book has been described as a modern day “Strangers on a Train”; in a way, that comparison can rightfully be made for it does begin with two strangers meeting and discussing how to go about murdering the one characters wife, but that’s where the comparisons end for Lily does not make the proposal of a “criss-cross” to take care of one another’s undesirables in their lives by killing a person for the other. Peter Swanson has created a world in which an unwitting man is convinced to kill his wife by a strange young woman who has many dark secrets of her own, as well as her own reasons for wanting Ted’s wife removed from existence.
After reading Peter Swanson’s first book, “The Girl With a Clock for a Heart” and falling in love with both the story and his writing style, I was beyond excited when I learned that he had written a new mystery book. I was further excited when I was presented with an opportunity to read an advanced readers copy courtesy of Harper Collins, many thanks to Harper Collins for this opportunity as I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Luckily Peter Swanson has not suffered from the dreaded sophomore slump, if anything I feel that this book may even be better than his début novel. Afraid of giving away key pieces to the plot and storyline, I will just say that I loved this book and would recommend it to fans of Patricia Highsmith, “Gone Girl”, “The Girl on the Train”, and fans of his first book.