Audio Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Kind Worth
Title: The Kind Worth Killing
Author: Peter Swanson @PeterSwanson3
Narrators: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, Keith Szarabajka
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Length: 10 hours and 18 mins, 312 pages
Rating: 5 Stars


A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. This is a modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classicStrangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart.

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark 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.”

From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

Grace Review

Story: 5 stars
Can a willowy, seemingly innocent woman, plan the perfect murder(s)?  This tale takes the reader through the plan, made by a ruthless and cold anti-heroine, whose looks can be very deceiving.

The initial part of this plot, two strangers planning the murder of a cheating spouse, is reminiscent of another well-known fictional story.  However, I promise you, that that part is only a small part of the story and the overall story-line is much more complex than I anticipated.

Ted Severson first meets Lily Kintner in an airport bar, and the two strike up quick conversation.  I don’t know why Ted reveals as much as he does.  Maybe it was the alcohol.  Either way, he opens up to Lily, and rather than it blowing up in his face, his desire to kill his cheating wife, becomes something he and Lily may actually carry out.  And it’s their meetings over time, building their plan, which are the bones of the story.  However, there is so much more.

The story itself is told in both the past and present.  There are four POVs, but Lily’s is the dominant one.  In the past we learn of her youth, and her first experience with death.  We also learned of her time in college, where she meet’s Faith (one of the other POVs).  Their shared history with Eric, shapes the story to come, and that’s all that I can say.

Lily is the ideal anti-heroine.  She’s a woman so in control of her emotions, she could convince me she “didn’t do it” with the bloody murder weapon in her hands.  As a fellow ginger, I think I can say that this woman may truly be soulless.  She has justified every one of her actions – the man tried to seduce her, the man cheated, the man killed an innocent man.  She has zero regret for her actions to the extent that she feels she has done society a favor.

Lily is such a complex and interesting character, I was fascinated by her brand of evil.  At times, I knew what she was doing was wrong.   That her logic was warped.  But I didn’t really morn any of her victims.  They were all flawed, had done her wrong.  Would I handle things like she did? Absolutely not, I’m not a psychopath, lol.  However, it was entertaining to see into her way of thinking.

This story is compelling because you keep wondering, is she going to get away with it all?  I can’t tell you if she does.  However, that ending!  I literally screamed at my radio, “noooooooooooo” when it ended.

Performance: 4.5 stars
Like the story, this audio had 4 narrators.  Of them all, I loved the narrator for Lily the most.  She has the calm presence about her, even while doing or thinking despicable things.  I thought she perfectly captured the Lily’s character.

I also liked the voice for Faith.  While it was overly breathy at times, it had that sexy vibe about it, which convinced me of her power over men.

The voice for Ted didn’t match the description of the character.  The voice came across as much too old.  But his performance was good.

I have mixed feelings for the narrator of the Detective.  But I loved his Northeast accents.  Nailed them!

I’m not usually a fan of switching narrators, preferring one narrator throughout.  However, it worked here.  All added something to the story and played a part in keeping me intrigued.

Overall: 5 stars
If you like suspense with morally reprehensible characters, multiple twists, and an unpredictable plot, look no further.  I saw that this story may be made into a movie, and I really hope that happens.  I think this story as all of the elements to suck in viewers and leave them in a state of shock.  Just like how I feel now.

– Grace






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