The Kind Worth Saving
January 7, 2023

Book Review

The Kind Worth Saving

reviewed by Chelsea Hofmann

In the perfect follow up to his book The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson follows Detective Henry Kimball as he helps out one of his old students.

There has always been something off about Joan, and now years later she turns up in her old professor’s office asking him to investigate her husband. Not only is this unusual, but it also brings up long forgotten memories of his past and a horrible tragedy.

What starts as a simple task of following Joan’s husband and possible mistress ends with two bodies in an empty house, and Henry is the only witness. The past seems to be repeating itself, and Henry is going to have to resurface memories of a day he wishes he could forget in order to gain clarity.

Swanson is the master of writing a twisted mystery, and this is no exception. Using some callbacks to The Kind Worth Killing made this book fun to read and hard to figure out. The characters were all twisted in the best way and were the kind you love to love and love to hate. The shifting timeline and perspectives keep the reader on their toes, and I couldn’t put this book down.
Henry is such a great character and the character development in this book made it a very enjoyable read. The story was full of surprises and is a classic Swanson, an instant classic. His writing is a modern day Christie, and the twists keep the reader guessing until the very end. I recommend you read both his books, but it can also be read as a stand alone. If you like secrets, obsession, and deep deception, this is the book for you.

Thank you to William Morrow Publishing and Peter Swanson for my ARC of this book. Opinions are my own. The Kind Worth Saving comes out on March 7, 2022.

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