Swanson’s 2015 novel The Kind Worth Killing focuses on Ted, a wealthy, middle-aged man married to an adulteress. He meets a young, beautiful woman (Lily) at the airport while they are waiting for their flight. Ted opens up about his marital woes so Lily offers to help Ted murder his wife. Naturally.
I came across this book on Goodreads (as I usually do) and, right away, I saw that it was being compared to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Now, don’t get it twisted, I loved Gone Girl but a lot of books are releasing with the claim that they are similar and, to be frank, I find a majority of them to be duds.
Nonetheless, I bought the book and started reading it one rainy Friday morning. Fast forward five hours later and I was finished the book. Sitting in shock. Mind blown.
The plot of the story focuses on the plan to murder Ted’s wife and I was hooked to see how they were going to pull this off. The narrative is told in two sections with alternating character perspectives. This has become a pretty popular narration style and I love books like this but it’s hard to do it well. Swanson succeeds with flying colours. Each character is fully developed and their back stories are shared with the reader; which I liked since it slowly tied in all the subplots. Lily is a gem. Her character was constantly leaving me intrigued, confused and angry.
I usually can find SOMETHING I don’t care for in anything I read. But, honestly, this book leaves nothing for me to desire. It was awesome. This novel is one of my favourite books I have read this year. Hands down. Fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will L.O.V.E this book.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? YESSSSS!
Have you read The Kind Worth Killing? What did you think?