Sunday 21 January 2018

Thrillers: Suspense grips reader throughout

The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson, Faber and Faber, tpbk, 320 pages, £12.99

Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes
Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Myles McWeeney

Wealthy businessman Ted Severson is waiting for his delayed plane to Boston in the first class lounge in Heathrow airport when he meets Lily Kintner, a beautiful stranger who is also on the same flight.

They fall into conversation and over cocktails, begin to tell each other rather more than they should. They sit together on the flight and before they land in Logan airport Ted has confessed that he would like to kill his wife Miranda, who he believes to be unfaithful.

Surprisingly, Lily agrees that he should, and even offers to help him commit the crime. She suggests that they think about it and meet up again a week later if they want to go ahead with their dark plan. If one or other of them doesn't turn up, the plan is abandoned.

Back in Boston, Ted's wife, Miranda, is busy supervising the construction of their new multi-million dollar home on the Maine coast. But she too has secrets, and the question is how far will she go to achieve her vision of the perfect future she deserves?

Well-written and deftly plotted, with more chilling and suspenseful twists than a corkscrew, The Kind Worth Killing exercises a vice-like grip right from the start and does not let the reader go until the absolute killer of a final page surprise.

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Story exposes sex slavery

Behind Closed Doors Elizabeth Haynes Sphere, tpbk, 417 pages, £13.99

Ten years ago, 14-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished on a family holiday in Greece. Not being able to find her has been the biggest regret in DCI Louisa Smith's career, and when Scarlett is found back in her home town, Louisa is determined to find out what happened to her.

As she digs into the lost decade in the young woman's life, what she and her team uncover is sinister and deeply disturbing. A dark, brilliantly told tale that exposes the sordid reality of sexual slavery.

Available with free P&P on or by calling 091 709350

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