Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Kind Worth Killing

by Peter Swanson

Lately whenever someone says, "I loved The Girl on the Train!" I respond with, "then your next read should be The Kind Worth Killing."  If you're a Hitchcock fan and sensed a little "Rear Window" while you read Girl on the Train, then this book will bring to mind "Strangers on a Train." If you're not and it didn't, don't worry, I still stand behind my first sentence.

Two strangers meet on a plane, Ted, a wealthy businessman frustrated with his life and his wife, and Lily, a beautiful traveler willing to listen to his complaints. After hours of airing grievances and making hypothetical threats, Lily takes Ted's whining at face value when she volunteers to help him plot the murder of his wife. In fact she goes one step farther by saying she'll carry out the deed, which when you consider that everyone dies eventually, she'd only be helping things move along their destined course more quickly. And just like that, the ball starts rolling.

This is a fast-paced read and despite it's rather stereotypical characters, there are some unexpected twists that make it a unique book. You may see some things coming, but you'll definitely be caught off guard by others. It's fast, it's fun and it's a bit creepy.

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