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The Kind Worth Killing
The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel | Peter Swanson
Shares a lot of Gone Girls hallmarks but cranks up the volume . . . Entertainment WeeklyOn a flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning Lily Kintner. Over martinis, the strangers play a game in which they reveal intimate details about themselves. But what begins as playful banter between Ted and Lily takes a turn when Ted claims, half-seriously, that he would like to kill his wife. Then Lily surprises him by saying that shed like to help.Back in Boston, Ted and Lily forge an unusual bond and talk about the ways Ted can get out of his marriage. But Lily has her own dark history shes not sharing with Ted. As Ted begins to fall in love with Lily, he grows anxious about any holes in their scheme that could give them away. And suddenly the two are pulled into a very lethal game of cat and mouse, one in which both are not likely to survive when all is said and done.[It] would have made a great Hitchcock movie.Fort Worth Star-TelegramExtraordinarily well-written.Nelson DeMille
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LaurenMags
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Mehso-so

Disappointing thriller. I don't get the hype. But on that note, I did finish it in two days. 😂

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BoleyBooks
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TheLudicReader I found this one hard to put down 3mo
BoleyBooks @TheLudicReader - yes, soooo good! 🙌📚 3mo
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Nessavamusic
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Pickpick

A fun thriller that is a bit of a twist of Strangers on a Train. We read various viewpoints which tell various stories of infidelity, murder and deception. A lot of fun and I look forward to the next book in the series. 4⭐️

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deeannloso
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This was a pretty good book. A little slow in the beginning but it got better as it went along. It‘s a bit like Patricia Highsmith‘s Strangers on a Train, but this is strangers on a plane, with a bit of a twist. You will find that Lily‘s moral compass is a bit skewed. #SeriesLove2023 @Andrew65 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Awesome!💙📖 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one 💛🖤 8mo
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deeannloso
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“A tantalizing set-up reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith‘s classic Strangers on a Train…”

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suvata
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• TBR since June 28, 2020

This psychological thriller follows the story of Ted Severson, who meets a mysterious woman named Lily at an airport bar. They strike up a conversation, and Ted confides in her that he wants to kill his unfaithful wife. To his surprise, Lily offers to help him. As the two delve deeper into their twisted plan, the story becomes a complex web of lies, deceit, and betrayal.

Octoberwoman My favorite of his books (so far)! 10mo
KathyWheeler I loved this one and its sequel, The Kind Worth Saving. 10mo
suvata @KathyWheeler I have the sequel, but I don‘t know when I will be reading it. 10mo
KathyWheeler @suvata My husband and I listened to it as our road trip book, and we both really liked it. 10mo
suvata @KathyWheeler I can see where that would be a great audio to listen to while traveling. 10mo
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britt_brooke
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really liked this when I read it a few years ago, so a refresh before the sequel seemed like a good call. Not nearly as good as I remembered; cardboard characters, marginal plot. Obviously some of that opinion is due to remembering, however vaguely, the twist. Rereading thriller types is sketchy business and I don‘t usually do it. I still preordered The Kind Worth Saving. Idk why. When curiosity gets me, I‘m usually disappointed.

Leftcoastzen Wow it‘s on my TBR , maybe not , especially because of your review of the sequel!😄Also , school shootings in fiction can be so manipulative & “just no “anymore! (edited) 12mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen The good thing is this one can stand alone, so you could give it a go and skip the sequel, lol! 12mo
Leftcoastzen Maybe I‘ll try it … 12mo
LeahBergen I liked this one when I read it, too, but I hear you. Rereading a thriller is probably a bit iffy. 😆 12mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen 100% 😩 12mo
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britt_brooke
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Yesterday‘s insane winds took 5 beautiful pines from our tree line. We are SO sad. 😢 Thankfully, everyone‘s safe and nothing else is damaged. They fell simply onto grass. Just an expensive nuisance to clean up. Today, I gathered the small branches while listening to the tagged #reread in preparation for the sequel!

dariazeoli The weather has been something everywhere this season! I‘m sorry you lost the trees, but glad to hear no one got hurt! 12mo
britt_brooke @dariazeoli Thank you! Yes, it‘s really been wild! 12mo
AmyG Yikes. Glad you are ok. 12mo
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Leftcoastzen Wow this weird weather ! Glad it didn‘t hurt people or crush stuff . 12mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen It‘s been wild! Thank you 🤍🤍 12mo
Tamra It‘s always sad to have trees go. 🙁 12mo
britt_brooke @Tamra I cried watching them come down. It was fascinating to an extent, but so sad. 12mo
SamAnne Oh so sorry!! 12mo
Blueberry 😥 12mo
britt_brooke @SamAnne Thank you! Sad for our trees but thankful for no other damage. 🤍 12mo
KathyWheeler I‘m glad you had no other damage. 12mo
batsy Goodness. That is sad. Glad you're otherwise safe & there was no other damage. 12mo
britt_brooke @batsy Thank you 🤍 12mo
Bookzombie Wow! That is so sad. Happy no other damage or injuries though. 12mo
LeahBergen Oh no! 😢 12mo
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KathyWheeler
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Well, that was sure a ride! This has got to be the twistiest Peter Swanson book I‘ve ever read, and it is full to the brim with psychopaths. My husband and I both liked it. Continued with Desert Star on my #audiowalk, and I‘m liking it, but I would never ever want to be Bosch‘s supervisor. He‘d be a huge pain in the ass!

jlhammar Sounds good! I haven‘t tried Swanson yet, but my husband and I are planning on listening to Nine Lives during our drive later this month. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one!! 🖤 1y
KathyWheeler @jlhammar I liked Nine Lives. 1y
KathyWheeler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was really good! 1y
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KathyWheeler
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We took a drive to the beach today and listened some more to The Kind Worth Killing. We‘re about halfway through, and it took a twist we were not expecting at all. Listened to Moonflower Murders on my walk; I still have almost 4 hours left! #audiowalk. It‘s been two years since a hurricane destroyed that boardwalk in the pic above, and it hasn‘t been fixed yet. Only part of that trail is walkable. 😞

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m loved the tagged book 🖤 1y
KathyWheeler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are really enjoying it. 1y
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BookMaven9
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Pickpick

WHOA! Where did this author come form? Lol! If you need a pager turner, this is your guy!

kspenmoll This was a wild ride!! (edited) 2y
BookMaven9 Super fun read! What characters! 2y
bookandbedandtea This is my favorite of his 💛 2y
FromMyLectory I still remember picking this up on a whim from the airport bookstand. Funtastic read 🥰 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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Loved this book! I also need to mention Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 😢
#alphabetgame #LetterK @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

kspenmoll Yahoo to both books! Great choices! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My choice too!! 2y
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EverydayImReading
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An excellent thriller. Smart and well written. Peter Swanson is one of the best thriller writers at the moment. Also check out his Eight rules for a perfect murder. #Alphabetgame

Cathythoughts Oh I remember enjoying this one too 👍🏻 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this too 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love your username!! Thank you for playing! 2y
EverydayImReading @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️And I yours. Thank you for organising the alphabet game 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#AlphabetGame
#LetterK

I LOVED this book!! 🖤🖤🖤

Everyone tagged! Share a book beginning with the letter k that you enjoyed!!

Elizabeth2 These prompts have been so fun to see! 2y
TheLudicReader I really liked this one, too 2y
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TheAromaofBooks
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Pickpick

I feel like this is the Swanson book everyone recommends, and I finally got around to reading it. While not as frenetic as some of his other stories, the pacing was still excellent and kept me turning the pages. My only real eye-roll with Swanson's writing in general is that literally every character he writes is somewhat obsessed with/primarily motivated by sex, which gets old to me. Still, a great thriller with some fun twists.

TheAromaofBooks #192025 - 2015 - @Librarybelle
#MtTBR - I've summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (60 books), and have only counted books that were actually on my TBR before January 1!!
#BookSpinBingo
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Librarybelle Yay for your #MtTBR achievement! 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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Le voilà! July's bookspin.
Just in case I finish some of these books in June, I even have a subs bench to replace them 🙃

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

I already read one of the #roll100 picks for this month (🥳) so the two other picks are The Kind Worth Killing & Will Smith's autobiography. I'll be honest, after the Oscars I've not been massively enthused about reading the latter, but I guess I shall see...

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Lovely handwriting, too!! 2y
RaeLovesToRead @TheAromaofBooks Aww, thanks!! I can't believe it's nearly July... I was so sure that June was going to be the month I got a bingo! 😅🤣 2y
TheAromaofBooks June went super fast!!! And bingos can be weirdly elusive! 😂 2y
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jenreads7
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Pickpick

Another nice, twisty thriller by Peter Swanson. What an ending! #audiobook #Libby

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one!! 2y
jenreads7 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was good! 🙌🏻 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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📚 yes!! Lily, my favorite sociopath!! From the tagged book!
📚📚 I‘ll just say The Nightingale, Suzanne‘s Diary for Nicholas, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!!
📚📚📚 Jesmyn Ward, John Grisham, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Greg Iles, Angie Thomas

#WondrousWednesday

SilversReviews Hated Jack from BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. No answer for #2. Marie Benedict is from my area. 😀 (edited) 2y
Eggs Thanks for the thoughtful responses ❤️🎈❤️ 2y
SilversReviews @Eggs You are welcome!! 2y
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eeclayton
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Pickpick

This is a smart book with a well thought out plot -- except for the ending. The twists and turns kept taking me by surprise, and it was a very enjoyable read, even though the character voices were rather similar (3rd person limited might have worked better than 1st person POV for each character). ⬇️

This was my #bookspin for April, and finally I'm caught up with my bookspins for the year! @TheAromaofBooks

eeclayton The ending was a bit of a letdown for me, it felt out of character that Lily should make such a stupid mistake. However, I liked the father's letter on the last page with the ominous PS section. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one is on reserve for me at the library. I have such mixed feelings about Swanson's books! I literally can't put them down when I'm reading them, but then I get done and think about all the things that were 100% based on coincidences and other randomness 😂 2y
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks this was my first Swanson but I felt about it the same way 😂 2y
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EadieB
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Pickpick

#TheKindWorthKilling #PeterSwanson #BookSpinBingo

From the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart—hailed by the Washington Post as crime fiction‘s best first novel of 2014”—a devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder that is a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith‘s classic Strangers on a Train.

EadieB On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that‘s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he‘s sure is cheating on him. 2y
EadieB Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed passion, but has now become a cliché. 2y
EadieB But their game turns a little darker 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.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . . 2y
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EadieB Back in Boston, Ted and Lily‘s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda's demise. But there are a few things about Lily‘s past that she hasn‘t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth. 2y
EadieB Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail. 2y
EadieB This book is really good. They met in an airport bar and planned to murder his wife. It's a bit like the Stranger on the Train but so much more. You really need to read this book as I don't want to spoil it for you so that is all I am going to say. This is my first Peter Swanson book but won't be my last. 2y
ICantImReading I loved this book! I think it‘s my favorite of his! 2y
EadieB @ICantImReading Yes would have to say that it is now my favorite too! 2y
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this too 👍🏻 2y
EadieB @Cathythoughts It really is a great book! 2y
Andrew65 A great review. 2y
eeclayton I've just started reading it! 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! 2y
EadieB @eeclayton Hope you enjoy it! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I just put this one on reserve at the library!! 2y
EadieB @TheAromaofBooks Great idea! 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

Everyone in this book is trying to kill everyone else. Every charactor was unlikable but there was one I kinda wanted to get away with everything. The end was abrupt and, while it seems obvious what must happen next, I wanted more of those details. In all it was an entertaining ride.

Octoberwoman I loved this one, my favorite of his books. 2y
bookandbedandtea @Octoberwoman It's only my 2nd one of his and I liked them both. 2y
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reading_rainbow
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this one!! Will definitely be reading more from the author
⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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Arvena
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Pickpick

Gripping, tricky and well written That ending 😆
It's a book worth reading 📖

Yuki_Onna I soo enjoyed that one, too! 🧡 2y
Cathythoughts Great read 👏🏻 2y
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Amoon
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Pickpick

I‘m officially a Peter Swanson fan. This book never let up from the first sentence till the fantastic last one! I‘m calling it “Double Indemnity/ Body Heat 2.0”
Told in the POV of wealthy Ted and mysterious Lily, we as the readers only know what they know. All along I knew there had to be multiple other sides to the sordid story. The lesson here to men is to never trust a woman who wants to always please you sexually.

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Kleblanc
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Read this gem in under 24 hours 😍 I couldn‘t put it down!! #thrillers

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FlowerFairy
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Pickpick

This was a wonderful Sunday afternoon read. For a good portion of the book I saw the twists and turns coming. Right up to the point I didn‘t. That was when I began flipping pages at warp speed. At the final reveal, I felt I had been holding my breath for ages. Highly recommend this killer thriller.
☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love your picture! 😮👍☠️ 3y
Pruzy Whoa! That picture is dedication to the thriller! lol 3y
FlowerFairy @Pruzy 🤣🤪🤣 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one!! Awesome photo!! 3y
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Cazxxx
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Pickpick

Wow I absolutely loved this! So many twists and turns and I loved the ending too
4.5 ⭐️

Yuki_Onna This one was so amazing! 😀 3y
Cathythoughts This was a good read for sure 👍🏻 3y
Cazxxx @Cathythoughts it was! 👍🏻 3y
Cazxxx @Yuki_Onna loved it! 3y
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CoffeeNBooks
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MartinaLove I heard good things about this book. 3y
Eggs Sounds interesting 🔪 3y
BookDragonNotWorm I really liked this one! My favorite of his. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one!! 3y
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think this is one of the first buddy reads I joined you all for! 3y
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Smlambert725

“And to take another life was, in many ways, the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive” #April2021

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 3y
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recuffley
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Shout out to tiktok for introducing me to this gem. I think I got whiplash reading this one.. so many plot twists! I know a lot of people didn‘t like the end, but I personally loved it. I was totally caught off guard by that last page 😨.
5/5

Amoon Just finished it. Loved the part of the discoverer limericks and father‘s letter. 3y
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Steph.Titus
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This book was FULL of unpredictable twists and turns, especially in the final few chapters. I loved this book. Best book I‘ve read in awhile. 5/5 #March.2.10

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Barbie.Hudson
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Ummm, holy cow! I loved this book. There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn‘t see coming! It was a fast and enjoyable read. 👏🏼 👏🏼

Jeannineth Yeah I loved it. One of the best thrillers, 3y
Barbie.Hudson So good!!! 3y
GinaKButler That ending! 3y
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Cathythoughts Live this author 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😁 3y
Barbie.Hudson @Cathythoughts What are some@of your other favorites of his? I can‘t remember the name of the other one I read but that was good too. I need to get more of his books. 3y
Barbie.Hudson @Cathythoughts Yes! That was the other one I read! 3y
Cathythoughts He‘s so good !! I must read more too 👍🏻😁 3y
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Barbie.Hudson
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Holy Cow! What the heck is happening! I didn‘t see that coming!

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Barbie.Hudson
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Ok, I need a break from novels. 🤣 Back to my much loved mystery books. Has anyone ever read this one? Tell me your thoughts!

CBee I enjoyed this one!! Great mystery/thriller 👍🏻 3y
GinaKButler Ohhh...this is a good one! 3y
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sharread
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Oh my! Peter Swanson never fails when it comes to plot twists with page turning suspense. He's my second favorite author next to James Patterson. He always gets me surprised, I don't know how he does it. I liked this psychological thrill ride and for once the psycho character in it I found myself liking. 😱 5 stars.

Gissy I really enjoyed this one! 3y
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bookaholic1
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#113
Now this was a great book to read

BookDragonNotWorm That's by far my favorite of his! 3y
bookaholic1 @BookDragonNotWorm I hear you on that one😁😁 3y
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SanjanaGhosh
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Pickpick

This was like Gone Girl on steroids!!

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Acoleman
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Listen to this audio book after listening to his Eight Perfect Murders on a road trip. Quickly becoming a Peter Swanson fan. Might have to read the next one

Cathythoughts Good book 👍🏻 3y
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Clwojick
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Another one down for #TeamSlaughter! This one was good, though not what I was expecting. The joys of never reading the book description 😏 +16 pts

#OutstandingOctober @Andrew65 #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft #sbooktober #gothtober #trickortreatathon #whodunitathon

Kimberlone Omg I would never start a book without reading the description! Do you just go off of the title/cover?! I‘m so curious... 3y
Andrew65 @Kimberlone I do the same, usually go with genre, cover, author etc... 3y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3y
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Cathythoughts I loved this one 3y
Yuki_Onna This one was soooo good! 3y
Clwojick @Kimberlone pretty much! Ahahah! I can normally tell if I‘ll like a book based on the cover alone. And then I‘ll normally remember if I‘ve seen good/bed reviews, and then I‘ll go from there. 3y
BookDragonNotWorm This is my favorite by that author. 3y
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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I‘m really disappointed in the abrupt ending of this book... It was originally a 5 star book, easily. However, the ending ruined it for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️🌟🌟🌟🌟

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BooksCoffeeNurse
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@Tove_Reads 1. The Kind Worth Killing 2. The entire Harry Potter series. 😬 3. The House in the Cerulean Sea. 🌊 4. Any self help book or book dealing with politics. #questionsandanswers

Tove_Reads Thanks for playing! 3y
BooksCoffeeNurse @Tove_Reads Thank you! ☺️ 3y
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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Okayyy, so, I‘m entirely too excited that McDonald‘s got back the steak egg and cheese bagel. Time for breakfast and a good book. 😁🥩🍳🧀🥯

BehindthePages It's the little things right? 🙂 3y
DAB Thank you for reminding me I am hungry. Looks good. 😃 3y
BooksCoffeeNurse @BehindthePages Exactly! ☺️ @DAB It was good. They got rid of it with covid, and it‘s finally back. Lol 3y
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S3V3N I haven‘t tried this one. Wendy‘s maple bacon chicken croissant is my favorite. 3y
LDuffN My son had to go today after school for the Travis Scott meal. 3y
BooksCoffeeNurse @BeaG I like that also! 🤗 @LDuffN My kids also love McDonalds. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3y
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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I am SO excited to be starting this book. Someone recommended it, and I bought it right away. I was waiting to read it but had to finish my Libby book. Let‘s see if it lives up to the hype! 😍📚💕

Cathythoughts It‘s so good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
BooksCoffeeNurse @Cathythoughts Yes! I‘m 30% in and it‘s excellent so far! 😁 3y
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Mrbusungu
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Pickpick

Beautifully written ❤️

Cathythoughts Loved this one 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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ElizaMarie
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Wow. Just wow! I didn't see the ending coming and wow! I really enjoyed this book. I am gotta start lending it to my reading coworkers so that they fall in love too! (Thank you again and again @AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks for this one!)

Also gives me the 2nd Bingo for #BookSpinBIngo :) @TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! I‘m happy you enjoyed it!! Have you read Behind Closed Doors? Behind Her Eyes 👀 3y
ElizaMarie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks no I haven‘t... should I!? 3y
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ElizaMarie
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Ooo I am almost done with this one and WOW !! stills to many twists and turns!!! I am enjoying this so so much!

@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks :)

#CrimeADay
@Bookworm54, @AkashaVampie, @AsYouWish , @jb72 , @Squidget , @Jessinikkip, @AnansiGirl

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one!! 3y
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