The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb26I LOVED this book!!! The Kind Worth Killing has received a fair amount of attention. Usually I’ve found that you can’t believe the hype, especially when a book is touted as the next Gone Girl ‘fill in the blank’. I don’t like this marketing ploy. I think it’s unfair to both authors and readers, but especially readers. Who’s to say what it is about a book you love that made you love it? Just because another book has similar qualities, it doesn’t necessarily make it a comparable work. Take, for overused example, Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train – maybe if my hopes hadn’t been built up by the hype and comparisons, the latter book wouldn’t have been such a disappointment.

I almost didn’t pick up The Kind Worth Killing for that very reason. But I’m very glad I did. I don’t want to hop on the comparison bandwagon and say that if you liked Gone Girl then this is the book you’ve been waiting for, but it’s the most apt book for this comparison that I’ve come across.

  • Interesting, well developed characters? Check
  • Engaging plot? Check
  • Sharp dialogue? Check
  • Successful plot twists? (As in actually catching the reader by surprise with a turn of events that they didn’t see coming). Check

I can’t say that everyone will feel the same way I do about this book, but I was extremely happy with this novel. I couldn’t put it down. It inspired me to be more creative in every way that I can. It made me think. It’s been a couple of weeks since I read it, and it’s still on my mind. That is the quality that I LOVE most in a book. 5++++ stars!

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