The Kind Worth Killing
by Peter Swanson
When his flight gets delayed, Ted Severson meets Lily, a magnetic stranger, in the airport bar. In the netherworld of international travel and too many martinis, he confesses his darkest secrets, about his wife’s infidelity and how he wishes her dead. Without missing a beat she offers to help him carry out the task…
When Ted meets Lily in an airport lounge, both waiting for, what happens to be, the same flight home (not the last co-incidence of the book), he has no idea how his life is about to change. Ted tells Lily the story of his cheating wife and his desire to kill her. Lily without batting one of her beautiful eyelids agrees to help him.
The book is told in alternating chapters of Ted and his miserable marriage and Lily and her miserable past. Then we have Miranda, Ted’s wife, weighing in with her side of the story. We even get chapters from Kimball, the detective.
Lily is the main character who runs through the book and despite her sociopathic tendancies, You do find yourself rooting for her and at times empathising with her. Her backstory is dealt with in detail – unlike the other characters. She had a difficult childhood, which seemed to give her the survival instinct that she over-relied on.
Ted is also one of the main characters, but you really don’t know him, his whole story revolves around his cheating wife and her lover, and his pressing need for revenge.
None of the other characters really made any impression as they just weren’t developed enough for you to care one way or the other.
Despite the lack of character development this is a wickedly enjoyable book with lots of twists and turns. Suspension of disbelief on a grand scale is required and as long as you can do that you will enjoy.
A good holiday read.