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 next…
I really enjoy Peter Swanson’s books, and this one was not a disappointment. There were so many people to keep up with, and too many characters that I cared about who died. At least he saved one of my favorites.
“Nine Lives” is a great reinterpretation of Agatha Christie’s classic writings, drawing mostly on “Then There Were None,” but throwing in a little from “The ABC Murders” as well. In this adaptation, people receive a mysterious list of seemingly random names, none who are known to the others on the list. One name on the list is an FBI agent, so when these “random” people start dying, the investigation becomes a priority. The story is, of course, dynamic, complex, and compelling.I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jacques Roy and Mark Bramhall. The voices are distinct, the emotions are clear, and the suspense is gripping. It was a wonderful reworking of one of my favorite classic books.
It wasn’t a bad story. It was just boring. No excitement, no suspense, just a story. I always remind people that I’m only one reader so it’s only one opinion. It caught me for a minute or two towards the end but no, this book was not for me.

It was difficult to keep up with characters who were meaningless and came in and out of the story. The ending was horrible; made zero sense. Too bad as the premise seemed very good.
Nine Lives by Peter Swanson was so much fun to read! Nine people all over the country receive an envelope in mail. Inside there is a piece of paper with nine names on it. One of them is theirs, the other eight names are people they’ve never heard of. There’s no explanation, no return address, nothing. One of the people who receives this envelope is Jessica, an FBI agent. This is what gets the attention of law-enforcement. Soon people on that list are being killed. Why? Are they connected? Who is doing this?We get to know each of the nine people on the list. As the book goes on, clues are given and secrets come out. This book is classic Peter Swanson. I love his depictions of New England and Maine especially. I don’t know any other way to describe it other than his books just have a certain feel to them that other books don’t.

 

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