Sunday, June 28, 2015

Book Review: "The Kind Worth Killing"

Here you go, folks.  The latest terrific thriller for you all to read, "The Kind Worth Killing" by Peter Swanson.

This is much like "Gone Girl" and current #1 best seller, "The Girl on the Train" in that it tells the same story from the viewpoints of four different characters.  Each chapter alternates to the point of view to a different character, and it is told in the first person.  This means you will often see the same scene in the story, but told from a different point of view.  

The book starts when Ted and Lily meet in a bar in London's Heathrow  Airport while waiting out a delay in their flight to Boston.  They get to talking, Ted reveals that he thinks, no, he knows, that his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him.  He is so upset about it that he says that he'd like to kill her.  Could be all those martinis Ted had in the bar and on the flight talking, but then Lily says "Maybe I can help..."

So begins the story, which also includes flashback scenes in Lily's life that shows just how uniquely qualified she may be to help Ted out....and just exactly why she is so motivated to do so.  Kind of like Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train."

This is terrific book and perfect read for relaxing during vacation, or reading on a summer Sunday afternoon, when you just don't feel like watching the ball game on that particular day.  The mix of ingredient that include a rich-beyond-belief cuckolded husband, his beautiful, but scheming wife, Miranda, a ruggedly handsome building contractor, a determined Columbo-like police detective, and at the center of it all, the mysterious and captivating Lily makes for one whale of a story.

If you read this blog, you know that I love these kinds of novels.  There are a few twists and turns, one of which I kind of suspected, and another that took me by surprise. It is a very tightly written story that moves very quickly, and it's one you just...oh, man, I really wanted to avoid this cliche, but what the's one you "just can't put down" once you start.

Many thanks to my wife's book club, "The Gone Girls", for selecting this book for an upcoming session, and to Marilyn who told me, "I think that you would like this one."  Oh, yeah.

Oh, and note to Loyal Reader and Facebook Friend Kaye Peltier:  The story of "The Kind Worth Killing" is set in the greater Boston area and the state of Maine, so this has got to be a must read for you.

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