The Kind Worth Killing Book Review

The Kind Worth Killing Book Cover The Kind Worth Killing
Peter Swanson
Thriller, Suspense
312 pages; 10 hrs 18 mins

Synopsis (from Harper Collins):

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.


My Review: 

Whenever my husband and I have to go on a trip, I always try to find a good audio book so that we can listen along on the drive. It makes the boring road trips go by faster. We don’t always have the same taste in books, but he’s usually on board with a good thriller. So, I usually do some research on Goodreads, find a title I think we’d both like, and then order it through Audible. The last book I ordered for us to listen to together was The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.

This is a thriller about Ted & Lily, who meet at an airport and instantly connect. Ted opens up to Lily about Miranda, his cheating wife. Lily then offers to help Ted kill Miranda. From there, the story takes many unexpected twists and turns. The story is alternately told from Ted, Lily, Miranda, and a police detective’s perspective. Lily’s narration also alternates between present-day and background on how she learned so much about killing people.

I enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing. The story was interesting, and I liked learning about the background of each character, especially Lily. She was definitely the main character, and I liked how smart, capable, and shrewd Swanson made her. Lily was a woman who could take care of herself. She didn’t always make choices I would condone, but still there was something to admire in how calculated and thought-out her actions were.

There were quite a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming, and I enjoyed how Swanson kept me guessing. The ending was great – everything seems to be tied up quite nicely and then Swanson ends with one last surprise. It definitely stayed with me and I found myself thinking about the book and the ending for a few days after, imagining what happened after the story ended.

I gave it 4 stars because I felt the story dragged a bit at times. This very well could be the result of the audio book narrators, but it was just a bit slow for me. The backstory on each character was great, but there were some sections I could have done without, mainly because I wanted to get past the background and back into the action. Still, overall I liked the book, and would be interested in reading more by Peter Swanson. I’d recommend trying it as a traditional book or ebook. Let me know if you’ve read it and what you thought!


Next Up: Check back soon for my review of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline!

The Book of You Book Review

The Book of You Book Cover The Book of You
Claire Kendal
Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
384; 9 hrs 43 mins


At a Glance

Clarissa is a 38 year-old woman living and working in London. Through her job, she comes into contact with Rafe, the man who eventually becomes her stalker. As Clarissa tries to ignore the issue in the hopes that it will go away, she is called to serve on a Jury for a trial involving the brutal kidnapping and rape of a woman. As Clarissa goes through the trial, she begins to see that she must find a way to fight back against Rafe and his suffocating nature in order to regain her freedom.

My Review

The Book of You is the story of a woman dealing with a terrifying stalker, the lengths he’ll go to in order to control her, and how she tries to break free. Clarissa is a quiet woman who lives alone and keeps to herself. One evening, she’s coerced into going to an event held by her co-worker, Rafe. From the events that transpired that night, Rafe has built an obsession with Clarissa, and will not leave her alone. He’s constantly following her, watching her, calling her. Clarissa, unsure of how to handle this unwanted attention, is slowly unraveling. She tries to speak up to friends about her fear of this situation, but no one believes her. Her only peace comes when she’s selected for jury duty in a neighboring town. The weeks she’s in the courthouse serve as a respite from Rafe and his incessant stalking. She connects with Robert, another juror, and their blossoming friendship brings some light into her dark life. Clarissa tries to find the courage to shut down Rafe’s advances once and for all. Unfortunately, this only serves to excite him more and his horrifying behavior begins to escalate.

I decided on this book for my monthly Audible subscription pick because it seemed like it would be a fast-paced story with an aspect of suspense. (Sidenote: if you’re not already an Audible subscriber, I highly recommend you check it out. The plans are priced very reasonably and it’s a great option, especially if you commute or travel a lot. I listen to my monthly book to and from work and I love it!)

First things first, the narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, is amazing. She was able to differentiate the different voices in the book really well. Every time she spoke any of Rafe’s dialogue, it sent chills down my spine. She was able to capture all of his sliminess and treachery and really bring that character to life.

The story itself was interesting, and, at first, I really connected with Clarissa’s character. This may have been a result of listening to Ms. Cassidy narrate; thus hearing the story versus reading. From the beginning, I got wrapped up in Clarissa’s story, and how hopeless and isolated she felt. But, by the half-way point of the book. I felt that the story started to lag and become repetitive. Clarissa’s passivity became extremely annoying and I found myself wanting her to just do something, anything. From the summary of the book, I thought there would be more parallels between Clarissa’s situation and the trial she was involved with. Instead, I found the trial difficult to follow and it took away from the main plot. Also, there were some very graphic portions of the story; e.g. rape, torture, etc., that I wasn’t prepared to hear. Finally, I didn’t like the ending at all. It felt like an afterthought and, based on the ending, I didn’t see the point of Robert’s character or his storyline at all. I almost feel like I started one book, and finished a completely different story.

Overall, I liked it but definitely not one of my favorites. I felt it was a good debut effort, and I’m interested to see what Claire Kendal comes up with next.