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Lit Crit: The Kind Worth Killing

I was extremely flattered when a co-worker lent this book to me and said, “it reminded me of you.” Who wouldn’t want to be compared to a book about murder?! However, the author, Peter Swanson writes the story in such a way, that you feel as though you are reading a Sherlock Holmes mystery rather than a slasher.

"Truthfully, I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.”

The book begins with a beautiful woman approaching a man at an airport bar in London and them telling one another all about their lives back home in the States. Drinks flow and words spill out and the man states that his wife has recently cheated on him and, “I wish I could kill my wife.” Not exactly airport talk if you ask me, but some people are into it. Instead of being appalled by his remarks, the main character, Lily, encourages him to do so, which gets the wheels turning in Ted's (main character) head.

Thus begins a whirlwind of lusty glances, sex, and violence. I enjoyed the take this book had on a typically gruesome topic. As we learn more of both of their pasts, we learn how murder in their eyes, can be justified. By the end of the book I was feeling like a sociopath because I was rooting for the murderer instead of sympathizing for the victim.


The book is full of plot twists which kept me on my toes and the ending absolutely blew my mind. I wont liken it to Gone Girl because that book was beautifully written and truly delved into the human psyche, but this is a great, quick read that is interesting but still a light read that you don't need to truly zone out and immerse yourself in, in order to enjoy it. If you’re into thrillers or mysteries, I highly recommend this quick read. 


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