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. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.
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. . . .
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.
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.
My Mini Thoughts
This is my first Peter Swanson book, and I wanted to read it because he has a new book coming out this year. Needless to say I want to read more of his work!
This is a book that will keep you guessing up until the very end. I feel like if I read too many thriller/suspense/mystery books in a row, they all jumble together. I had to read this one right after The Prized Girl because my library loan was almost up. I will say this book was different from any suspenseful genre I’ve read in a long time.
Swanson does such a good job at throwing in little twists here and there. Remember that it’s the little things that make the biggest impact in this story. It’s not a case of who did it, because you know already that the characters don’t mind killing others. This is more of a case of how long can they keep killing and get away with it.
It’s funny because if you think about it, a person who kills is a bad guy. So that makes most every character in this book a bad guy. That ending though. Wow! What a great way to end the book. The killer knowing their end is coming without reading about how it all plays out.
I am officially excited to read his new book Eight Perfect Murders.
Book Rating: 4/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a nice Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon.