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The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book for review

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson was a bit of a landmark for me–my very last of Swanson’s six books, and I was officially caught up until any new releases. Not only that, but this one in particular is one I’d heard really good things about, so I was definitely looking forward to picking it up. It’s the story of two people who meet at the airport before a transatlantic flight–Ted is rich with an unfaithful wife, Miranda, and after sharing his story, his new acquaintance Lily decides to help him plot Miranda’s murder. But there’s a lot that Lily hasn’t shared with Ted, including the fact that this might not be her first murder at all.

There are a few perspectives in The Kind Worth Killing and unfortunately, it’s not really something that worked for me. I was really intrigued by Lily when viewed through Ted’s eyes, but when it switched to her perspective, there was a lot of the book (at the beginning at least) spent going over her past and I found it quite slow-moving and took away from the tension of the current events. The book starts with the two of them plotting a murder, but it seems to take forever for anything to actually happen. That said, I definitely enjoyed Swanson’s writing, even the book was slow, and there are some excellent twists in there–including a major one I definitely did not see coming! I really enjoyed the character and perspective of Ted, it was interesting reading about somebody who would have never considered a murder, until… and I enjoyed the dynamic between him and Lily. The later part of the book lost me a little, but I still thought the plot was very clever even if I felt less connection to the characters. I had a hard time picking between 3 and 4 stars for this one, but I’d rank The Kind Worth Killing as my second favourite Swanson (following Eight Perfect Murders) and although it was a little disappointing for me given my high expectations, I will certainly continue to read from Swanson again in the future.

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