The Kind Worth Killing

  • by Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, Keith Szarabajka
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 - comes 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.
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.
But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she's done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, "I'd like to help." After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse.
Back in Boston Ted and Lily's twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda's demise. But there are a few things about Lily's past that she hasn't shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.
Suddenly these coconspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat and mouse, one they both cannot survive...with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

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Absorbing, Well Paced Thriller

This is a fast paced, addictive listen. The story is full of switchbacks and double crosses right to the bitter end. I found it impossible to stop listening as it held me in its clutches as I wondered what would happen next. The novel does lack credibility in a number of instances, such as the inept police work and the ease of body disposal; but it held together and presented enough distractions that the incredulity did not distract from the pleasure of the story. The narration was well crafted with each voice clearly delineated from the other so that it is easy to discern which character is speaking. I highly recommend this audiobook and novel as a fun mystery thriller.
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- Marjorie

The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

STORY (murder/suspense) - So this guy meets this girl on a plane and they decide to kill his cheating wife, but that's only the starting point. There's lots of unexpected twists to the story, and for them to remain unexpected I need to keep my mouth shut. There's also a psychological element as you visit the early days of one of the killers and progress with that character from an innocent child into a murderer. All in all, this is a suspenseful, somewhat unusual story with a great ending.

There are four different narrators who alternate reading chapters - two for the killers, one for the victim and one for a detective. At first it's just back and forth between the two killers as they meet and plot their crime. Then the victim's character starts telling her side of the story, and finally the detective details his work on the case. I thoroughly enjoyed this way of presenting the story.

PERFORMANCE - Each of the four narrators mentioned above does a good job. The narrator performing Ted sounds kind of old, but I guess you could also call it a husky voice. The narrator performing Lily has a strange way of emphasizing pronouns in sentences which is a little odd, but it doesn't really detract from the great plot.

OVERALL - Highly recommended for murder/suspense listeners. There's mention of casual sex but nothing at all explicit, and there is a sprinkling of F-words throughout the story. Recommended equally for male and female listeners.
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- AudioAddict

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.