All of you know that I read a lot of mysteries and psychological thrillers. It's my 'go-to' type of book. I also like movies and TV shows that relate the same sort of story. The puzzle and figuring out how the author gets from Point A to Point B is great fun for me. I was quite happy to go along with Peter Swanson's so-called 'update' of the tale, Strangers On A Train, penned by noted author Patricia Highsmith and filmed by Alfred Hitchcock. I think one day, someone will be relating that a future author will have written an 'updated' version of The Kind Worth Killing. I really do.
In this book, which by the way has some freaky and very odd characters, a man by the name of Ted is in an airport bar in London. He meets a woman named Lily and they have a drink together and talk a little bit. They find themselves on the same flight and manage to sit next to each other. They talk further, sharing rather personal details of their lives - playing a 'truth' game - and Ted tells Lily that his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him. Or so he thinks. He's really, really angry with her. Can't think what he might do next. Says he'd really like to kill her. And Lily says, 'I think you should...and I'd like to help'.
Our story is told from several different viewpoints and I'm not going to relate names or tell anything more about them. That's part of the puzzle. Suffice it to say that a plan is made. And then it might or might not turn out the way the reader would assume. There are connections within connections within connections. The narrative switches back and forth as we find out all kinds of very bad things about almost everyone we meet. And you still don't know everything.
For me, this was the best sort of twisty thinking. I will be very curious to see if someone doesn't decide to make a movie of this book. Not really sure how it would work, but it might be interesting. I will definitely be looking up Peter Swanson's previous book, The Girl With A Clock For A Heart. I have no idea what that one is about, but I'll check it out. And, I'll also be watching for his next book. I'll leave you with one sentence that struck me:
"Be mindful of death."