Talking About ‘The Kind Worth Killing’ with Bibliobeth

The Kind Worth Killing

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Girl With A Clock For A Heart

Synopsis:

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.”

From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

CHRISSI: Discuss the character of Lily and her initial motivations in striking up a conversation with Ted.

BETH: All the characters in this book are interesting and rather complex but none more so than Lily. She is the one that we get most of the back story from and her childhood years were far from easy. Although her parents are now divorced, when she was younger they had a rather… erm open relationship? Which means that Mum and Dad had a number of different boyfriend and girlfriends on the side which has definitely affected Lily in her search for a real relationship and explains many things about her character. She strikes up a conversation with Ted as she recognises him as being the husband of her acquaintance Miranda whom she met in high school. I don’t think even she realised how the story would end after this initial conversation!

BETH: Who was your favourite character in this novel and why?

CHRISSI: I think it would have to be Lily purely because I found her to be the most intriguing. I didn’t particularly ‘like’ her, but I was interested in her history and the motivation behind the things she did. I really enjoyed reading from her perspective as well. I found Lily to be a little unpredictable, she was fun but unreliable character to read about.

CHRISSI: Do you think that this novel proves that anyone is capable of doing bad things?

BETH: Good question! I’m not sure everyone would be capable of doing the things that are described in this novel but I think it’s an intriguing look at the limits people have and what would cause them to be pushed beyond their limits if they thought that they were not going to have to face the consequences. None of the characters in this book are particularly likeable but they were all immensely readable and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

BETH: How did this novel meet/not meet your expectations?

CHRISSI: I had read Peter Swanson’s debut, so I was expecting to be gripped and I was. I do think this book is much better than Peter’s debut. I thought it was more gripping and easy to devour. The characters were fascinating.

CHRISSI: What did you make of the book being told from different perspectives? Did it work for you?

BETH: It really did. I love a multi character perspective in a novel anyway and in some novels it doesn’t feel right but it worked so well in this one. At first I thought we were only going to get the perspective of Ted and Lily and then certain events bring other characters into the playing field which just made it more exciting. The author also did a great thing where at times he would leave one characters perspective on a cliffhanger e.g. Lily and then I knew I had to keep reading through Ted’s perspective to get back to Lily again to find out what on earth was going on!

BETH: Did you sympathise with any of the characters at all in this novel?

CHRISSI: I’m not sure I did. I didn’t really think any of the characters were particularly likeable, yet they were so interesting. If I was pushed to answer, I guess I would sympathise with Ted the most, because without spoilers, he definitely had a rough deal during this book…

CHRISSI: How do you think this book compares to others in the genre?

BETH: For me, It sits right near the top of the pack. It’s original, thrilling and unpredictable, everything I could ask from a novel. In fact, once I finished it I had to immediately buy The Girl With A Clock For A Heart, his debut novel just to get my next fix of Peter Swanson.

BETH: Would you read another book by this author?

CHRISSI: I definitely would. Especially because this book was more impressive than the author’s debut!

Would we recommend it?:

BETH: Of course!

CHRISSI: Of course!

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This Weeks In Books #19

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book image to get you to Goodreads!

The Kind Worth Killing The Wrong Side of Right Silence is Goldfish

NOW-The Kind Worth Killing- Peter Swanson– I’m currently 20% through this book for my next ‘Talking About’ feature with my sister Beth. I’m enjoying it so far. It’s been a while since I’ve read a good thriller.

THENThe Wrong Side of RightJenn Marie Thorne– I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book when I found out it was centred around politics. I’m glad I have it a go though as I thought it was a wonderful contemporary.

NEXT- Silence is Goldfish- Annabel PitcherNext up, I’ll be working on my October ARCS. First up is Silence Is Goldfish I have heard so many good things about this book, so fingers crossed I like it too!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to a similar post you do, or let me know in the comments! Happy Reading!

The Girl With A Clock For A Heart

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Faber & Faber

Synopsis:

When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl’s grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece – the one who had committed suicide – was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved – and of the things she may have done to escape her past.

Now, twenty years later, she’s back, and she’s telling George that he’s the only one who can help her . . .

Thoughts:

This book didn’t take long to read at all. It hooked me quite early on and had me turning the pages (well, pressing the button on my Kindle 😉 ) quickly to find out what was going to happen!

I don’t want to say too much about the book as I don’t want to spoil it. It’s fast-paced and the action just keeps on happening!

The main character George isn’t your typical male lead. He actually comes across as very weak and makes some very silly decisions based on his feelings for the female lead Jane (or whatever name she’s going by..). I thought Jane was an interesting character and she certainly holds the story together.

The reason why I haven’t given this book four stars, is because I was let down by the ending. I don’t know if this is going to be a series, but the ending was left incredibly open. I like some sort of closure and this book didn’t have it. The writing and the story are good though, so it doesn’t put me off from reading the author’s next work.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
You Don’t Know Me- Sophia Bennett

WWW Wednesday #54

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m just about to start this book by Sophia Bennett. I’ve heard amazing things about it, so I can’t wait to get stuck into it. On a shallow note, this book has got beautiful blue-green page edges. Oooh pretty!!  I really liked Sophia’s writing in The Look, so I can’t wait to see how I feel about this book.

What did you recently finish reading?                               

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I recently finished two books. I am completely in love with Follow Me Down. I thought this was a fantastic Young Adult mystery! Something stopped me giving it 5 stars, but it’s definitely close to 5 stars! My review should be published within the next few days, so feel free to come back and read my thoughts. I also recently finished The Girl With A Clock For A Heart. I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. It’s not very long at all, so it didn’t take me long to read!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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The next book on my radar is Gretel and The Dark. I’m so intrigued by this book, so I can’t wait to get around to reading it!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your link to your posts in the comments section below or answer the questions! I love seeing what other people are reading! Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #56

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

I seem to have acquired quite a few books this week! I pre-ordered 3 of them, and forgot about them, so it was a nice surprise for them to pop through my door!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

Bought:

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CressMarissa Meyer– By the time this post goes out I’m hoping to have finished Cress! I think it’s come to me early, as I certainly was surprised when it popped through my door! I’m not complaining though! 😉

The SoundSarah Alderson– I haven’t read any other books by Sarah, but I think this book sounds fantastic. The blurb really pulled me in!

The Accidental Life Of Jessie JeffersonPaige Toon– I have read every book by Paige Toon. She’s one of my favourite writers in the chick-lit genre. This book is her first venture into Young Adult and I’m certainly intrigued! This one might bump up the TBR list!

Find MeRomily Bernard– Another one that just looked fabulous. I had to have it.. even though my already bought books are screaming out to be read. I guess it can go and join them on my bulging bookcases! 😉

TapeSteve Camden– This was another pre-order. I’m trying to read more debut authors this year and Tape sounds like it’ll be great!

NetGalley:

I don’t why, but I go for ages without being approved.. just many books pending, then they all seem to be approved at once! Again.. not complaining just stating! 😉

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Panic- Lauren Oliver– I was so thrilled to be approved for this book. I love Lauren Oliver’s writing. I didn’t love Requiem, which was a great shame as the beginning of the series was so good! I’m hoping Panic will restore my faith in Lauren’s writing!

Dead SilentSharon Jones– I’ve recently read Dead Jealous and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to seeing what Poppy gets up to next!

The Girl With A Clock For A HeartPeter Swanson- It’s been a while since I read a decent adult mystery/thriller. I’m looking forward to this one!

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What did you buy this week? Feel free to tell me in the comments below or leave your links for me to look at!