Kind Worth Killing (Main)

This is a Richard & Judy book club choice a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. “Extremely hard to put down!” (Sophie Hannah).

Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Silver Dagger 2015. “Chilling and hypnotically suspenseful…an instant classic.” (Lee Child). ‘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? This is a sublimely plotted novel of trust and betrayal, The Kind Worth Killing will keep you gripped and guessing late into the night.

Book Details

  • Publication Date: 42072
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • Author: Peter Swanson


  • Attention to Detail10/10
  • Writing Style9/10
  • Good entertainment factor10/10
  • Value8/10
  • Readability10/10
  • 9.4/10


    'His central premise may be borrowed from Strangers on a Train, but Swanson takes the notion in some truly startling directions, excelling in the vividly etched characterisation of his protagonists (such as Ted's ruthless wife Miranda, nurturing her own secrets). But what makes The Kind Worth Killing so enjoyable is the beautifully constructed plotting - leaving aside all the book's other virtues, that element alone comfortably sees off 'second novel syndrome'. (Barry Forshaw Financial Times)


Peter Swanson's debut novel, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (2014), was described by Dennis Lehane as 'a twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride' and in the Observer as 'very hard not to read in one sitting'. He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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