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SHORTLISTED FOR THE IAN FLEMING SILVER DAGGER, 2015
'Extremely hard to put down!' SOPHIE HANNAH
'Chilling and hypnotically suspenseful ... an instant classic.' LEE CHILD
I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger's face.
'Do I know you?'
Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
A sublimely plotted novel of trust and betrayal, The Kind Worth Killing will keep you gripped and guessing late into the night.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
American writer Peter Swanson first came to our attention with his impressive debut thriller, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. His dark and elegant follow-up grabbed us from page one. After two strangers named Ted and Lily exchange martinis and candid conversation in a Heathrow lounge, they hatch a plan to kill Ted’s cheating wife, Miranda. Switching among the perspectives of his main characters—Ted, Lily, Miranda and an obsessive detective—Swanson keeps up an electrifying pace, luring us in with pulpy details and gasp-worthy reveals. Fans of Gone Girl will appreciate Lily, a femme fatale who casually quotes T.S. Eliot.
Revenge has rarely been served colder than in Swanson's exceptional thriller, his second standalone after 2013's The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. When Ted Severson, a wealthy Boston entrepreneur, and Lily Kintner, an attractive archivist at Winslow College outside Boston, meet by chance in a Heathrow airport lounge, they trade intimate secrets: Ted wants to kill his unfaithful wife, Miranda and Lily, who's about Miranda's age, wants to help. Unbeknownst to Ted, Lily has made a career of dispassionate homicide, at one point musing, "to take another life was, in many ways, the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive." While Ted and Lily hatch their devious scheme back in Boston, police detective Henry Kimball tries to untangle the web of deceit that surrounds Lily. With scalpel-sharp prose, Swanson probes the nature of cold-blooded evil. Few will be prepared for the crushing climax.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Loved this book more then gone girl and the girl on the train.
Really well written, I was disappointed to finish it.
Guarantee you won't be able to put this one down. Lily is such an interesting character I wish there were more books so we could dive into her character even further.
Such an awesome storyline! So much surprised me & kept me guessing! Beware- there will be a sequel!!