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Publisher's Summary

'Hello there.' 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 is 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?

©2015 Peter Swanson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio Inc

Critic Reviews

"Chilling and hypnotically suspenseful...could be an instant classic." (Lee Child)
"Gripping, elegantly and stylishly written, and extremely hard to put down!" (Sophie Hannah)

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  • Bob Cunningham
  • 09-22-16

Good story - typically American finish

I enjoyed the style and plotting if this story. My only real disappointment was that I anticipated an ending that would have taken this beyond the standard crime novel - but instead it hurriedly degenerated into a more formulaic denouement. My assumption, perhaps even my hope, is that this came at the insistence of a "safety-first" publisher. At least then I can believe that the author's future may hold something more satisfying.

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  • M W.
  • 09-21-16

Best book I've heard so far

This is a brilliant story, twists and turns and the ultimate twist right at the end!!! I couldn't stop listening! Performances were good too again some of the best I've heard so far- it does help having more than one narrator. Genius :-)

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  • Mrs
  • 08-26-16

Didn't hold my interest

This book began so good, but drifted off mid way and was so far fetched for my liking.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 05-17-16

Not the best

I hoped for more from this - the twist in the middle was good, the ending was just a massive let down, like the author lost interest!

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  • Jasmine
  • 04-15-16

exceptionally good!

Enjoyed this book from the first page and it only seemed to get better. Fast pace some funny twists and turns. Very engaging. Highly recommend this work.

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  • Geri Bruce
  • 03-01-17

Well paced,structured and told

good plot,interestingly structured to keep you engaged. worth it.smart.well paced and weirdly funny,in a dark way.

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  • Ninecatz
  • 02-24-17

Spoiled by poor editing...

What did you like best about The Kind Worth Killing? What did you like least?

A reasonably decent trashy novel to pass the hours... some poor narration.

How could the performance have been better?

Speed of some of the narration... made... me .... want to go.... to... sleep.... zzzzz

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No... as I know the ending.

Any additional comments?

Not sure who edited the book, but there were lots of cracking errors.

Such as... 'She crossed her legs, the robe fell away from her legs.'

I found myself silently correcting grammatical mistakes as I listened.

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  • chris
  • 01-18-17

Ok

Would you try another book written by Peter Swanson or narrated by the narrators?

The book Started off well then became predictable and saw the ending a mile off

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  • MASTER
  • 01-11-17

Morally confused but trashily gripping.

From the outset the characters are morally confused and off-kilter but this does not entirely detract from the stories gripping enjoyment. For anyone looking for a trashy thriller then this is for you. It's fast paced and feels akin to a Nora Roberts novel.

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  • Benazir
  • 04-27-16

The female narrator for Lily ruined the book

The book is great...story is captivating but the narrator for Lily ruined the entire experience. She had a robotic way of speaking and pronouncing every H is words that start with Wh, which was really annoying to...worth a read but not this version

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  • Heidi
  • 08-03-17

Really messes with your mind

Having really loved Swanson’s novel Her Every Fear, it was a no-brainer that I simply had to read The Kind Worth Killing, especially after reading all the raving reviews about it. As I am always looking for captivating books for my daily commute in the car, I downloaded this novel from Audible, and I am so glad I did! The Kind Worth Killing was a fantastic read, the sort that made me sit in my car in the driveway on a cold, chilly night for “just a few more minutes” because I couldn’t tear myself away. I can’t remember much about my driving on those days, except that I got there safe and sound, but my mind was fully captivated by the book. Now there is a psychological thriller that lives up to its name!

Swanson offers us two female leads so chilling and malicious that listening to them sent shivers down my spine at times, and yet Lily intrigued me to a point where I silently feared for her safety and secretly hoped she would get away with murder (literally). She was both terrifying and sympathetic, which is a very hard thing to achieve in a protagonist, and I applaud the author for pulling this off so perfectly. It helped that Lily always had a perfectly reasonable explanation – at times challenging my own moral conventions. Is killing justified if the victim is a truly horrible individual with no chance of redemption, set to make a lot of lives miserable? Lily thinks so. In the airport bar, she says to Ted:

"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."

Sounds reasonable to you? No, no! *slaps face* - murder is BAD! I would love to delve deeper into the characters and discuss the storyline, but this is not the place and I would hate to give any spoilers. My advice is: plunge into this book blindly and let Swanson take you on his journey. The writing is excellent. The subject matter is chilling. It will mess with your mind – believe me! And the ending – I was worried at one point about how the author would pull this off, but it was perfect!

As for the narration: I loved that the publisher used four different narrators for the different characters, which made the story easy to follow and a pleasure to listen to.

The Kind Worth Killing was one of my favourite reads this year so far – one of those rare psychological thrillers that really mess with your mind and make you itch to find someone to discuss it with. I loved it, and am so glad I stumbled across it. If you love a good psychological thriller and are looking for something different, do yourself a favour and pick up this book today. You won’t be disappointed.




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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-17

brilliant book one of the best I have ever read.

I cannot recommend a book more.
it had me at hello literally.
BUY THIS BOOK YOU WILL LOVE IT

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  • Josiah
  • 04-12-17

Characters worth knowing, characters worth losing.

Narration was also a strong point, a different voice for each of the 4 perspectives the book changes to throughout the story.