This book will make you believe that casual murder is okay, I was routing for the killer.. oh yes. I wanted her to make sure he was dead. Nasty nasty man!


‘Hello there.’
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?

What did I think?

Ted Severson is rich and meets the beautiful Lily in an airport lounge and he is beguiled by her, especially when she convinces him that there is a solution to his cheating wife.

Each chapters is written from Lily or Ted’s own perspective. After their first meeting they start a secret relationship that intrigued me as to how it would pan out.

It is not a gory murder story, it is a quietly, calm and well thought out plot that draws you in and gets you hooked on the side of the Ted and Lily.


I love the characters in this novel, they are brilliant. Nobody is perfect and they are  all excellently marred in some way. There is also a wonderful innocence running through which deflects from the hideous nature of people.

Lily is such a sweet thing. No, I genuinely liked her…what can I say, she may have been justified. Just saying….

Lily‚Äôs parents seemed exotically inappropriate to raise a child, her mother an artist and and her father an English novelist wanting to fill their rotting mansion with ‚Äėcreative and intelligent (and young males and females). ¬†Mostly ignored in the middle of it all was Lily. One summer her mother invited an artist called Chet to spend the summer with them.

‚ÄúI remember my father calling him the homeless degenerate your mother has housed for the summer. Avoid him, Lily, I think he has leprosy. And God knows whats in his beard‚ÄĚ

Now reading that you just know that something is bound to end badly for someone, because Chet does appear to be a bit of a shit guy. Well, it’s not for me to tell you what happens because you will just have to read and delight in the tale.

For me the beginning was reminiscent of reading Lolita the famous piece of Literature that I found disturbing.

There are lots of great pieces that says far more than the words:

My father promised to make a special trip to the store, but I watched the memory of the promise fade out of his eyes before we even finished the conversation.

I could see the places as described as well as the people.  Great writing, great descriptions, great humour by Peter Swanson.

What did I like best?

Enter other characters in the The Kind Worth Killing. Strong characters too and as the plot became more complex the more the characters themselves emerged.

Best character for me was Lily herself, such a sweet girl and intelligent too. I never thought I would ever want someone to get away with so much. But I felt satisfied that it was so carefully planned. She deserved to get away with everything.

At one point I got so excited about what Lily and Ted agree on.  The fact I was so excited is disturbing in itself!

Back to reality. This is a cracking book, one which kept me intrigued all the way through.

Swanson certainly had me on my seat with twists in the plot that I did not see coming.

I can definitely recommend this one.



  • Format:¬†Kindle Edition
  • File Size:¬†795 KB
  • Print Length:¬†325 pages
  • Publisher:¬†Faber & Faber (3 Feb. 2015)
  • Sold by:¬†Amazon Media EU S.√† r.l.
  • Language:¬†English
  • ASIN:¬†B00Q1UO4TG