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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling 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.

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....

©2022 Peter Swanson (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Intelligent mystery

Really enjoyed this book. Great story, narration was fabulous and just enough guessing to make it fun. Honestly didn’t know what was going to happen next which was interesting for a ‘whodunnit’.

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Struggled to finish this book

Peter Swanson is one of my favorite authors and I always enjoy his books. Sadly Nine Lives was the exception. It was really hard to follow, needlessly complicated and it was impossible to get attached to any of the characters. I even had a hard time remembering who the character was at the beginning of each chapter. The worse part though was the Narrator who was not a good choice for this type of book. All characters sounded the same and he used this weird inflection at the end of each sentence where he accentuated the last word. In my opinion it created an annoying cadence which was almost hypnotizing. I hope I’ll enjoy Swanson’s next book!

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Nine lives

The story was complicated too many characters hard to keep track . Not one of his best .

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struggled with the narration. the voice inflections were throwing me off and didn't make sense to the story.

I like murder mysteries where I feel like I'm the detective and the author is dropping clues for me to put together. i didn't get that with this book.
maybe it's just because I listened to Magpie murders right before this one so my expectations were super high.

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Really great!

This was a really great listen in all ways. I can't remember the last time I said that about a book!

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  • shelley
  • 2022-03-16

Very Very Good!!!!

I’m not going to write a long review because Audible has not been posting my reviews but holding five star reviews for absolutely no reason. So suffice to say I found this book very enjoyable. Unique concept Excellent narration.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Debbie
  • 2022-03-17

Good, not great.

I've been looking forward to this book because I am a huge Peter Swanson fan. I enjoyed listening, but the ending didn't appeal so much and I was hoping for a bit more to the story.
Found it a challenge to keep all the names straight too, lots of characters in this one This book didn't have a anti-hero so much as just a mental person. Good narration and good character development, just not a favorite of his for me.

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  • 2022-03-17

Ending made no sense

The story held my interest and I would have given 3 stars but the ending ruined it for me

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  • Doug M
  • 2022-04-01

Intriguing storyline ran out of gas

The plot is an elaboration of Agatha Christie's, "And Then There Were None," which is mentioned throughout the story. Instead of an island, there is this list of seemingly unconnected people. Even though I knew what was coming, the author did a great job of twisting it and kept me guessing. There were no sensationalized death moments or false build-ups. I appreciated that. What disappointed me was when everything was explained, it was too far-fetched. I felt the author was working much too hard at being clever. The main narrator (for all but 15 min of the book) could have put a lot more effort into varying his cadence, tone, and energy. It sounded like someone reading a very long newspaper article.

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  • hannah619
  • 2022-03-22

Too much death

I’m not finishing this one, even though I live Peter Swanson and was looking forward to his latest. This is just depressing. And the narrator isn’t great either. Skip it.

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  • ChesnutM
  • 2022-06-25

Good Book But...

I am reading this book now, it's very interesting and the narrator is really good. If you didn't know this book was published within the last year or so, you could certainly tell by the fact that the author has followed the script and ensured he included all of the overt concepts of untraditional unions and viewers of one particular news network being portrayed as transphobic and prejudiced. I'm not sure why some writers feel the need to make such comments in a fiction book. It feels uncivil, unnecessary, out of place, and is very likely to alienate a good portion of the readers. Without that, my overall score would have been higher.

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  • Izzy Kaminer
  • 2022-06-17

Skip it and read his other books

I was so excited for this book to come out, but it really fell short of expectations. It’s a riff on And Then There Were None, but also has a lot of notes from Eight Perfect Murders (Swanson’s previous book).

I found it hard to follow, not that interesting of a motive, and not that rewarding in the end. The murderer’s letter is expository and rote, lacking creativity. I would skip this novel and read/listen to his other books.

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  • Philip A. Sisk
  • 2022-05-14

Nice writing but dumb story heard it before

The writing and descriptions are sometimes nice but the story itself you’ve heard before and the ending is lame. Maybe read half the book and then you’re good

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  • Briana
  • 2022-05-12

really interesting premise.

this book gets mixed reviews but I think it's definitely a good one worth reading. maybe people didn't like the twist.

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  • Andreia The Butterfly Lover
  • 2022-05-08

I REALLY don't care!!

I REALLY don't care if all the characters die or not. NOT A SINGLE PROTAGONIST I liked. Heavy drinking, drugs, promiscuity, use of medication. The story is dirty and disgusting.