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The Kind Worth Killing

Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14,719 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart - hailed by the Washington Post as crime fiction's best first novel of 2014 - comes a devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder that is a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith's classic Strangers on a Train.

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 coconspirators 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.

©2015 Peter Swanson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

STORY (murder/suspense) - So this guy meets this girl on a plane and they decide to kill his cheating wife, but that's only the starting point. There's lots of unexpected twists to the story, and for them to remain unexpected I need to keep my mouth shut. There's also a psychological element as you visit the early days of one of the killers and progress with that character from an innocent child into a murderer. All in all, this is a suspenseful, somewhat unusual story with a great ending.

There are four different narrators who alternate reading chapters - two for the killers, one for the victim and one for a detective. At first it's just back and forth between the two killers as they meet and plot their crime. Then the victim's character starts telling her side of the story, and finally the detective details his work on the case. I thoroughly enjoyed this way of presenting the story.

PERFORMANCE - Each of the four narrators mentioned above does a good job. The narrator performing Ted sounds kind of old, but I guess you could also call it a husky voice. The narrator performing Lily has a strange way of emphasizing pronouns in sentences which is a little odd, but it doesn't really detract from the great plot.

OVERALL - Highly recommended for murder/suspense listeners. There's mention of casual sex but nothing at all explicit, and there is a sprinkling of F-words throughout the story. Recommended equally for male and female listeners.

206 of 222 people found this review helpful

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  • DCinMI
  • Fairview, MI
  • 08-29-15

Perfection!

So many characters who don't add up to one decent human being between them! It's hard to know who to root for, if anyone. I was interested right from the start, and stayed interested right up to the very end. While the narrative and dialog wouldn't really qualify as humor, I often had to laugh as the layers were peeled back to reveal more information about each character, and new ones were introduced. The plot seems to twist and turn, but once you get around each bend it makes perfect sense. It's hard to describe because I've never read anything like it.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Marjorie
  • Quincy, CA, United States
  • 07-07-15

Absorbing, Well Paced Thriller

This is a fast paced, addictive listen. The story is full of switchbacks and double crosses right to the bitter end. I found it impossible to stop listening as it held me in its clutches as I wondered what would happen next. The novel does lack credibility in a number of instances, such as the inept police work and the ease of body disposal; but it held together and presented enough distractions that the incredulity did not distract from the pleasure of the story. The narration was well crafted with each voice clearly delineated from the other so that it is easy to discern which character is speaking. I highly recommend this audiobook and novel as a fun mystery thriller.

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 04-14-15

Really enjoyed this

I usually don't like it when books have multiple readers, but in "The Kind Worth Killing," the readers add to the experience. They are all great. And the story, while unbelievable at many points, is still really enjoyable and full of fun twists. Definitely recommend it.

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Loved loved loved this book!

This was a really good book. I loved the plot and the twists and turns. I loved the pacing. It wasn't boring. The narration of all 4 narrators was really good. The suspense was good. I highly recommend this book. I don't usually re-listen to books but after a while I would re-listen to this one, it was that good. Loved the ending!!

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Satisfying novel......and ending.

Well written novel. Very impressive. Was pleasantly surprised that the ending wasn't a letdown. Despite reading the reviews of poor narration, i had no issues with it whatsoever.

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 11-23-17

Did the author die before he finished the book

I enjoyed this listen most of the way through. The narrators did a good job and there was plenty of evil to go around. To say the ending was abrupt would be an understatement. Maybe this is (or was) a continuing series. Maybe the author wanted listeners to use our imagination and connect the dots at the end. Not a bad ending but I'm not a big fan of loose ends. The book would have earned four stars otherwise. Proceed at your own risk.

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This book!!

This book was simply gripping! Twist after unexpected twist. I highly recommend! And somehow, in light of the horrendous dual nature of many of the characters, I still found myself attached to them... This is a must read for suspense fans!

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  • Vicky
  • Norman, OK, United States
  • 03-24-15

A real page turner!

Well it was! Even though I was listening and not reading, I could hardly step away from it. Very good and spell binding

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Compelling Story Marred by Sub-Par Narrators

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably not. I liked the story, but not enough to overcome the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the different perspectives and moral ambiguities.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

While I am finding the book interesting, the narrations almost caused me to stop listening. It is hard to focus on the book while actively hating the narrators. The man who voices Ted has a wimpy, nerdy voice that is incongruous with the character. The woman who voices Miranda starts each paragraph in a voice that she must think sounds breathy and sultry, but sounds like she has a throat disorder. This character is supposed to be sexy and confident, and the voice makes her sound harsh and nagging. It is difficult to buy that she is a great seductress, unless these men are just sleeping with her to shut her up. The woman who voices Lily is the worst, though. She over-enunciates random words, pauses randomly in the middle of phrases, and stresses random words or phrases that ought to have no significance in the context of the sentence. It’s almost like listening to a monologue from a Shondra Rhimes character. As much as I’m digging the plot, I’ll be glad when this book is finished.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me mad when the narrator who voiced Lily would read with such unnatural intonations. I was literally talking back to my car stereo.

54 of 69 people found this review helpful