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Nine Lives

by Peter Swanson

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"[A] smartly entertaining reimagining of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None... Swanson cunningly plays with readers' heads as we hope so-and-so gets it next."?? Washington Post

If you're on the list, someone wants you dead.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eight Perfect Murders comes the heart-pounding story of nine strangers who receive a cryptic list with their names on it??and then begin to die in highly unusual circumstances.

Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a single sheet of paper. None of the nine people know or have ever met the others on the list. They dismiss it as junk mail, a fluke??until very, very bad things begin happening to people on the list.

First, a well-liked old man is drowned on a beach in the small town of Kennewick, Maine. Then, a father is shot in the back while running through his quiet neighborhood in suburban Massachusetts. A frightening pattern is emerging, but what do these nine people have in common? Their professions range from oncology nurse to aspiring actor, and they're located all over the country. So why are they all on the list, and who sent it?

FBI agent Jessica Winslow, who is on the list herself, is determined to find out. Could there be some dark secret that binds them all together? Or is this the work of a murderous madman? As the mysterious sender stalks these nine strangers, they find themselves constantly looking over their shoulders, wondering who will be crossed off nex… (more)

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I was excited about this book when I received it, because I have loved other Peter Swanson books. This book, wasn’t my favorite of his.
The plot was ok but, there wasn’t any moments in the book that stuck out. All in all solid book, but forgettable.
I started with the audiobook and it was somewhat hard to keep up, since the chapters kept going back to chapter 1 and it would name the people on the list each time. Which I listened to the first section a couple times, until I was able to get home to see what was happening on paper!
Also, there are 9 people on the list and each has a POV. I do enjoy multiple POVs; however I think 5 is my limit.

You will enjoy this book if you like non-gory murder mysteries and love multiple characters.

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  GeauxGetLit | May 27, 2023 |
Nine Lives by Peter Swanson is the third book of his that I’ve read, and it’s another one that I’ve enjoyed.

There were numerous characters in this one and many chapters were told in their various voices. While Swanson did a great job with developing the characters so quickly, at times I had to stop and remind myself who was who, since lots of things were going on and we don’t spend a lot of time on many of the characters. I didn’t think this style of writing took away from the story, I just needed to slow down a bit and really focus on what I was reading.

I really enjoyed it when one character dies in about the middle of the book. I didn’t think they would since they seemed very important to the story, so when they did I was amused. But… then the ending happened, and while it was okay, it took away a bit of the amusement I had had.

Swanson did fantastic when it came to red herrings in this book. And it was another book that I found myself wanting to continue to read to see what was going to happen next. I am looking forward to reading more from him. ( )
  KimHeniadis | Mar 20, 2023 |
I don’t know— I guess I just like the way this author goes through all the details of the character’s daily lives. It’s mundane, but somehow he makes me interested in it? It’s definitely a talent because I usually hate alllll the unnecessary details.

At times I could not keep all these characters straight— the audio probably didn’t help with that because I couldn’t flip back to check on things. I also haven’t read And Then There Were None (although I’ve read enough retellings to get the gist), so I don’t know if that tells you how this book will go because I believe this to be a pretty near retelling. But despite those things, I just really love the way this author lays out his mysteries. I love the unreliable narrators, I love the starkness and no-nonsense way of the deaths. There’s just something about this author’s storytelling that grabs me.

So, not perfect, but 5 ⭐️s because I loved it— even that kind of blah ending. ( )
  Michelle_PPDB | Mar 18, 2023 |
Good mystery. I enjoyed the read. ( )
  BookGirlBrown | Dec 30, 2022 |
The serial murderer in this book reminds me of the serial killer in the author's earlier novel, Before She Knew Him: both individuals view their murders almost like restorative justice. Their moral characters, however, are not identical. In the older book, the killer is remorseless and truly believes he is improving women's lives by murdering their problematic partners. In the newer book, the murderer recognizes that his actions are "wrong" (or at least illegal), but he feels driven to continue by his amoral logic. He notes more than once that he does not want to kill his victims, he just wants them to be dead.

The killer's focus is on nine deaths, because the end point of each victim's life is a source of meaning to him. The author, on the other hand (as shown by the title), chooses to highlight the nine lives of the victims to show readers what/who is lost when someone dies. In most cases that strategy makes for poignant narrative (except for one victim whose latent psychopathy makes it a relief when he is killed before he can do more harm to others). This book would have been even better, and more aligned with its killer's motives, if it also showed how the victims' deaths impacted their parents.

Recommended for all libraries. ( )
  librarianarpita | Aug 1, 2022 |
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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

"[A] smartly entertaining reimagining of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None... Swanson cunningly plays with readers' heads as we hope so-and-so gets it next."?? Washington Post

If you're on the list, someone wants you dead.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eight Perfect Murders comes the heart-pounding story of nine strangers who receive a cryptic list with their names on it??and then begin to die in highly unusual circumstances.

Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a single sheet of paper. None of the nine people know or have ever met the others on the list. They dismiss it as junk mail, a fluke??until very, very bad things begin happening to people on the list.

First, a well-liked old man is drowned on a beach in the small town of Kennewick, Maine. Then, a father is shot in the back while running through his quiet neighborhood in suburban Massachusetts. A frightening pattern is emerging, but what do these nine people have in common? Their professions range from oncology nurse to aspiring actor, and they're located all over the country. So why are they all on the list, and who sent it?

FBI agent Jessica Winslow, who is on the list herself, is determined to find out. Could there be some dark secret that binds them all together? Or is this the work of a murderous madman? As the mysterious sender stalks these nine strangers, they find themselves constantly looking over their shoulders, wondering who will be crossed off nex

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