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Book Club | The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

September 2, 2016

 

  

 

Murder, Cheating, Betrayal? Peter Swanson kills it in The Kind Worth Killing! This psychological thriller is a must read for all you sickos out there. I'm pretty sure it took me all of 24 hours to get through this one, and not a minute was spared in peace.

 

 

 

Filthy rich, Ted Severson, is waiting in London's airport bar to board a flight back to Boston, when a beautiful red headed Lilly Kintner approaches him. They get to talking and Ted tells Lilly his whole life story and how his wife, Miranda, is having an affair with Brad Daggett, their house contractor. He tells Lilly how he wants to kill Miranda and Lilly agrees that he should, and that she'll help any way that she can.

 

The book goes on detailing all of Lilly's past murders, from Chad the Painter, the man who was highly inappropriate with her and masturbated on her in her "sleep" aaaand she was pretty sure he was going to kill her at some point; to Eric Washburn, her first love and filthy cheating boyfriend. Not only was he cheating, he was cheating with her college nemesis, Faith aka Miranda aka Ted's wife. I'll pause for a moment...

 

A week after Ted and Lilly land in Boston, they meetup at this little dive bar to plan Miranda's murder. They scope out the house being built in Maine and try to get a lay of the land and the workers schedules. Meanwhile, Miranda and Brad are plotting Ted's death. One night Brad shows up to Ted's house while Miranda's in Florida and shoots him in the stomach. As Ted is laying there dying, he essentially tells Brad that he's known about the affair.

 

After Ted's death, Lilly goes up to Maine to find Brad and begins telling him she knows everything. She knows about his affair with Ted's wife and that he was the one who killed Ted. She then feeds him stories about her past with Miranda and Miranda's plan to throw Brad under the bus. Knowing Brad is in a desperate place, Lilly convinces Brad to kill Miranda. Once the deed is done, Lilly kills Brad and hides his body in the well where she hid Chad the Painter's body.

 

Detective Holden, who's been investigating Ted's murder, and now Miranda's, questions Lilly about her relationship with Ted and Miranda. He quickly grows obsessed with her, following her on his days off and trying to find new ways to see her. He follows her to a cemetery where she stabs him and is then arrested. While she's going through the trial process, she's speaking with her dad, just catching up, and he tells her a development company is going to dig up and build where the abandoned well is.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you think of Peter Swanson's writing style?

I was on the edge of my seat the whole story. Each plot twist was better than the last! I also enjoy writers who write from different character's perspective. I was impressed how Peter was able to switch out characters so seamlessly when one was killed off. I also think POV writing adds depth not only to the characters but to the story line as well.

 

How do you feel about Lilly's view on life and death?

She justifies it so well, she almost makes you agree with her until you realize you're talking about killing another human being. I think there are two ways to look at it. On the one hand, yeah everybody dies, you're just speeding up the process. On the other hand, someone is losing a daughter, a sister, a mother, etc. and that's just heart breaking. 

 

Which plot twist was most unexpected for you?

When we found out that Faith was actually Miranda and this whole interaction was premeditated on Lilly's part. I think that was my biggest Oh.My.God moment.

 

Who or what novel would you want to see Peter Swanson write a collaboration with?

I would love to see a novel with Lilly from The Kind Worth Killing meeting Joe Goldberg from You by Caroline Kepnes.

 

In the movie, who would you cast for the lead roles?

Ted:................................................................................................................................................................................David Duchovny 

Miranda:...............................................................................................................................................................................Carla Gugino

Lily:........................................................................................................................................................................................Elena Satine

Brad:...................................................................................................................................................................................Gerard Butler 

Eric:..........................................................................................................................................................................Mathew Gray Gubler

Henry Kimball:..................................................................................................................................................................Jamie Kennedy

 

 ** Provided by IMDB

 

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