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Book #15: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

This book starts with two strangers, Ted and Lily, meeting in an airport. Ted tells Lily all about how his wife Miranda is having an affair with their contractor, Brad, and then says that he's thinking of killing her. Surprisingly, Lily tells him this is a good idea and they start making a plan to kill Miranda.

The story is told alternatively from Ted and Lily's points of view, though Lily's chapters are told in flashback about how she killed a man who raped her and later, how she killed her college boyfriend, who was two-timing her.

I wasn't convinced at first by this book, despite its Hitchcock-esque premise; I found some of the dialogue unconvincing and the main characters difficult to like, but there were some plot twists that I didn't see coming.

[Spoiler (click to open)]

It turns out that Miranda is planning to kill Ted as well, a deed that is finally carried out by Brad. However, there is more to the premise than meets the eye, as it turns out that Miranda is the person who Lily's boyfriend left her for, giving her a motive to want revenge.

A narrator in a book being killed off halfway through isn't a plot device that I've seen often.

The only big problem I had with this book was that some events ended up being replayed from different points of view, and at times I felt that the plot was being over-explained far too much. However, the fact that the storyline kept me guessing a lot as to what would happen next kept me enjoying this, despite the ending feeling somewhat abrupt.

Next book: The Seasons of Lent (Dr. K.P. Yohannan, Metropolitan)
Tags: book review, contemporary, fiction, suspense, thriller

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