The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing is a stonking good thriller. The premise hooked me – two strangers meet at an airport bar, and soon find themselves plotting to murder his wife. A modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Peter Swanson’s work has me itching both to read the original, and more of his own novels.

Our central character here is Lily Kintner, whose past is revealed in flashbacks throughout the first half of the book. I found these segments immensely enjoyable, and was all too willing to suspend disbelief, however outlandish events might seem in retrospect. The book contains more than one huge twist I didn’t see coming, and the ending was nothing like I imagined or expected. I found myself returning to the book with increasingly eager anticipation – exactly the way a good thriller should make you feel.

I’ll definitely be recommending this to friends, and Swanson’s other works will be winding up on my wishlist.

Sincere thanks to Faber & Faber for providing a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

[Read from 21-28 November 2016]

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