Be careful of who you sit next to on a plane.
Oh Ted, you never should have sat next to Lily Kintner. With one too many martinis, you opened up you mouth and spoke the words that had been on your mind and it might have been better for you and some others if you had kept your thoughts in your head.
It was fun right, as you and Lily traveled from London to Boston, a game, for is there not someone at some time in your life that you would have enjoyed seeing “removed” from your life? You may have wished for it, hoped for it, but would you have followed through with that desire to see the demise of someone you hated? Well, would you?
Beautiful Miranda, Ted’s wife, has been a bit indiscreet. Ted is sure she is carrying on an affair with the man who is building their palatial home. Ted is filthy rich and he and his wife, Miranda have experienced some rough patches in their wedded bliss. So, when he says he would love to kill his wife, Lily jumps right in and says, let’s. After all it’s a game right, a game of truth right, Ted?
This game takes on a very serious nature and as the game is played out, we witness the devious nature, particularly those of the female protagonists, as this game becomes a battle of homicidal proportions. Miranda and Lily are the perfect foils to one another as their history with each other precedes Ted’s introduction into this foray of violence and the lethal path they have set themselves upon. For Ted, those martinis set his course for a murderous and destructive future.
This was a clever story and one that had its number of surprises and twists that drove the story forward to its lethal conclusion. Recommended to those who love a book that shows the devious, the deceitful, and the insidious nature that people often have.
“Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended?”
and here’s the author:
Peter Swanson is the author of four novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year; and his most recent, All the Beautiful Lies. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine.
A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and cat.