Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson - Devious thriller

The Blurb

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"--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

My thoughts

A very enjoyable devious thriller, told from several points of view.

Ted who is waiting in an airport lounge when he is approached by the enigmatic Lily. Having a few drinks together he reveals to her that having recently discovered his wife's infidelity he feels like killing her and this notion sets off a whole plot for murder.

But all of those involved in this warped tale aren't what they would at first seem to be, some harbour shady little secrets and some are downright liars.

There is more than one murder and the plot is good and convoluted enough to satisfy the most twisted mind yet easy enough to follow. The characters are all loathsome and pretty darned evil, although I kind of admired one of them in their single minded, totally amoral, determination. I wouldn't like to meet any of them but that's far from a complaint its praise indeed to be able to create characters with hidden depths of nastiness.

Its very clever and a real page turner, great for thriller lovers who adore dirty little secrets and psychological twists.

Thankyou Netgalley and Faber & Faber for my copy.

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