A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. This is a modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart.
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark 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.”
From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
I’d read The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson as I thought it sounded amazing. I was disappointed by that one as I didn’t feel like it quite worked. When the chance to read The Kind Worth Killing came along I was hesitant as I was concerned about being in the same predicament. Sounds great but will I actually enjoy it. I’m glad I gave Peter Swanson another go as The Kind Worth Killing was the tight intriguing phycological thriller that I’d hoped his first one would be.
The story told from alternating perspectives pulls the reader in and makes one look at murder through the eyes of people who well don’t have quite an issue with it as the average Joe may. Everyone dies after all. With numerous plot twists the story could have fallen apart but it continued to be gripping and a highly enjoyable read. Great and diverse characters with a story that had me wanting more. I do recommend this one if you haven’t yet read Peter Swanson. Its the one to go with for sure.
Thank you to HarperCollins for the review copy.