THE KIND WORTH KILLING by Peter Swanson
“From the author of the acclaimed Girl with a Clock for a Heart—hailed by the Washington Post as crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014—comes a devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder that is a modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train.
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 coconspirators 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. © 2015 by Peter Swanson”
“This is an audiobook that grips the listener from the opening sentence and gets even better as the story progresses, all because the engaging performances of narrators Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and Keith Szarabajka complement Swanson’s compelling psychological thriller. While an ensemble cast could have overwhelmed this book, these narrators enhance the story by creating distinct and memorable personas of its many psychopaths.”
My recording experience:
One thing that’s fun about audiobooks and other voice acting work is that one can play characters that one would NEVER get to play on screen, or on stage (though I have played a 70 year old man on stage). Miranda, the character I recorded in Swanson’s twisty twisted crime novel, is, I am pretty sure, the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever had the pleasure of voicing (so there’s that ego boost thing going on). She’s not the nicest, but that was the fun challenge. Getting to tell the story solely from within her mind, I could immerse myself in her way of seeing things and fall deeper into her own (admittedly skewed and somewhat sociopathic) justifications of her behavior. When I narrate in 3rd person I do my best to invest fully in each character and play from their perspective, but here, I didn’t have to worry about that. Even when it didn’t jive with how others see things. But enough, or I’ll be giving away too many spoilers!
Finally, I was honored to work with such a great pack of narrators: Johnny Heller, Kathleen Early and Keith Szarabajka (thank goodness I didn’t have to pronounce his name!) all bring broad talent to the table so I knew this book would be fabulous. Enjoy.
Listen to a sample here: