The Kind Worth Saving by Peter Swanson (Henry Kimball / Lily Kintner #2)
Published March 7, 2023 by William Morrow & Company
Date read: February 16, 2023
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If you need to jog your memory before starting The Kind Worth Saving, check out my spoiler recap for The Kind Worth Killing here.
The Plot (from Goodreads):
There was always something slightly dangerous about Joan. So, when she turns up at private investigator Henry Kimball’s office asking him to investigate her husband, he can’t help feeling ill at ease. Just the sight of her stirs up a chilling memory: he knew Joan in his previous life as a high school English teacher, when he was at the center of a tragedy.
Now Joan needs his help in proving that her husband is cheating. But what should be a simple case of infidelity becomes much more complicated when Kimball finds two bodies in an uninhabited suburban home with a “for sale” sign out front. Suddenly it feels like the past is repeating itself, and Henry must go back to one of the worst days of his life to uncover the truth.
Is it possible that Joan knows something about that day, something she’s hidden all these years? Could there still be a killer out there, someone who believes they have gotten away with murder? Henry is determined to find out, but as he steps closer to the truth, a murderer is getting closer to him, and in this hair-raising game of cat and mouse only one of them will survive.
I thoroughly enjoyed this continuation of Peter Swanson’s much-loved thriller, The Kind Worth Killing. TKWK ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, or at least required some speculation from the reader, so it was very satisfying to see where the characters ended up and what happened after TKWK ended. The ending of The Kind Worth Saving gave me a lot more closure than the previous book did.
Swanson said himself that TKWS is a semi-sequel. While the TKWK characters do appear and there’s some explanation given to what happened after TKWK ended, TKWS has its own plot and a new set of characters. The new plot felt very familiar compared to the previous book, but it had its differences and I enjoyed how it turned out.
Without spoilers, I can’t say much more! The character Richard went to the same college as I did! I forgot how much Kimball’s limericks cracked me up in the first book and was glad there were more in this one. Fans of The Kind Worth Killing will definitely want to read this book. If you haven’t read The Kind Worth Killing, I definitely recommend picking it up first.
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