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The Kind Worth Saving: 'Nobody writes psychopaths like Swanson.' Mark Edwards

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DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Faber and Faber Limited via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Kind Worth Saving by Peter Swanson for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. If you read The Kind Worth Killing, which I have deemed The Best Book by Peter Swanson, you’ll want to read the sequel. What did I think? Here’s my review of The Kind Worth Saving. In 2015, author Peter Swanson completely "wowed" me and instantly became one of my "go-to" authors. But the worst thing, for a thriller, there was only one plot twist and it was so poorly done that I can't even call it a twist.

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I was one of the few people who didn’t understand the cult following of Peter Swanson’s first book in the series. While I enjoyed some of the twists, it was a three star read for me. After reading the second book in the series, I have realized that the reason I struggled to enjoy it was because the plot glorifies murder and killing. Regardless of the fact that it is fiction, I just can’t get behind that. Additionally, one of the major plot points in this book is a school shooting. This is a hard NO for me. Henry Kimball is now a private investigator after being asked to resign from the police force after the incidents that occurred with Lily Kintner. He is hired by Joan Whalen, who Henry had as a student during his one traumatic year of teaching. Joan believes her husband is cheating, and she wants Henry to confirm this fact. Yet as we have come to know from Swanson's other books, nothing is as it seems on the surface. Present day incidents are woven in with Joan's past to create an unbelievable tale of secrets, lies, and murder. The Kind Worth Killing remains my favorite Peter Swanson book to date, but The Kind Worth Saving is definitely a worthy addition to the series, featuring Henry Kimball, now a private investigator, and Lily Kintner who is as sharp and devious as ever. If you follow my blog you will know that I read The Kind Worth Killing years ago and once I heard a sequel had been written, I had to re-read the book again – see my review hereHow on earth do I review this book without spoilers? You just need to read this book… go in as blind as possible. If you have read The Kind Worth Killing (and seriously, who hasn’t, you will have some idea what to expect. Former high school teacher-turned police officer-turned private eye, Henry is surprised when a former pupil comes to his office and asks him to do some surveillance on her husband. Joan Whalen (nee Grieve) thinks her other half is cheating and wants Henry to get to the truth, no matter how much it costs. Henry and Joan have a shared history – they were both witnesses when the school loner killed another pupil in English class and then turned the gun on himself. The trauma of that experience led Henry to leave teaching and go into law enforcement, until an equally dramatic encounter with Lily Kintner had him reevaluating his life and finding yet another new career. One thing that stood out for me as particularly talented was the perfect reminders of relevant book 1 content - done as needed when needed, without boring the reader restating too much detail. One thing I disagreed with Mr Swanson on was his comment, attributed to Lily's father, that 'Agatha Christie is all imagination and a terrible observer.' My question is this: that if this is indeed true, how did she write the characters of Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot, both of whom are great observers.

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The Kind Worth Saving can be read as a standalone – but honestly I would not recommend it because The Kind Worth Killing is utterly brilliant and a masterclass in psychological thrillers – so do yourself a HUGE favour and buy both books.

EXCERPT: I have no regrets in my life even though I've killed people, I've always had a reason - a good reason - for what I've done. Not unlike its predecessor, The Kind Worth Saving features unlikely people coming together and plotting the perfect murder. Or four. When no one even knows they've talked to one another, who could possibly link them?

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I really enjoyed this suspenseful tale and wouldn't be opposed to more books with these characters in the future. The story opens with Kimball being hired as a private investigator by Joan, who is certain her husband, Richard, is having an affair. But while Kimball is tailing him, infidelity turns to something far more sinister. And when Kimball discovers two dead bodies, he can't help thinking that there's more to the story than there first appears. So he decides to go to the one person who might have insight into the matter. And as expected, I loved it. I loved it so much that I had to write a review as soon as I closed the book—so well-written and there's my favourite, Lily. Need I say more?

This being said, I would have enjoyed "Kind #2" much more had it been released closer to the publication date of "Kind #1". The Kind Worth Saving is great on its own but I recommend you read the first one before this just because it was phenomenal!!

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