It’s time for #30Authors again- and I am excited to have Allison Winn Scotch at Traveling With T to talk about The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.
What is #30Authors? I’m so glad you asked!
#30Authors is an event started by The Book Wheel that connects readers, bloggers, and authors. In it, 30 authors review their favorite recent reads on 30 blogs in 30 days. It takes place annually during the month of September and has been met with incredible support from and success in the literary community. It has also been turned into an anthology, which is currently available on Amazon and all author proceeds go to charity. Previous #30Authors contributors include Celeste Ng, Cynthia Bond, Brian Panowich, and M.O. Walsh. To see this year’s full line-up, visit www.thebookwheelblog.com/30authors or follow along on Twitter @30Authors.
Now, I’m going to hand this over to Allison Winn Scotch- and let her tell you why The Kind Worth Killing should be the next book on your reading list. PS: If you loved the show Felicity- you should check out Allison’s Twitter- she’s been posting about a re-watch recently 🙂
Why You Should Read The Kind Worth Killing
The one book that I cannot stop thinking about, cannot stop talking about, cannot stop recommending is The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. It has raised the bar on what I now expect from a thriller, and when I heard that Swanson has another book out later this year, I scrambled to get my hands on an early copy.
The set-up: Two strangers, Ted and Lily, meet on a flight, start chatting and then pouring out personal details to one another. Ted is convinced that his wife, Miranda, is having an affair, and when he innocently mutters that “he’d like to kill her,” Lily says “I’d like to help.” Upon landing, they continue to meet up and hatch a plan, unsure if either will actually go through with it, unsure of the truths (and lies) each are telling themselves and the other. I was hooked from the first page. Literally the first page. Not just how people say like, “oh, you had me on page one,” I mean I got that electric feeling through my body when you know you are about to embark on something amazing. I read in huge 50-60 page gulps, ignoring my kids, putting off my own deadlines. There were times when I had to physically set the book down because I was so anxious to see what happened that I worried I was going to flip chapters ahead and spoil it. I gave in to my weak willpower at least once.
As an author, what I admire most in a book is when the narrative just completely surprises me in ways that I’d never imagine. It’s easy, at times, to try to figure out where the author is going and what he or she has in store, but honestly, there were several moments in this book that made me gasp out loud: I was that astonished at Swanson’s choices. And the end. The end!!! Let’s put it this way: I actually ran to my computer and logged on to a bunch of message boards to see what other people thought it meant and how I could possibly interpret it to mean anything other than what I thought it was. It was juicy and delicious and it almost made me scream aloud in my empty bedroom.
This book is just…to say it’s a thriller almost underserves it. It’s an exceptional character study of our baser human instincts; it’s a philosophical morality play on whether “bad” people can be redeemed; it’s a twisted kind-of love story; and yes, it’s a great who-done-it. I have recommended it so many times over, and I don’t think one person hasn’t emailed or called me to thank me. Honestly, I haven’t read a thriller since that has stuck with me like this one. The Kind Worth Killing is the kind of book worth reading. I’d like to help: pick this one up for sure.
About Allison Winn Scotch:
Allison Winn Scotch is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including Time of My Life and The Theory of Opposites. She recently release In Twenty Years to critical acclaim. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and their dogs (www.allisonwinn.com).
About Peter Swanson:
Look for Peter’s next book, Her Every Fear, to be published in January 2017.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T