Nine Lives

Nine Lives

Thank you, William Morrow Books, for gifting me a copy of Nine Lives by Peter Swanson {partner}

Genre: Mystery
Trope: Serial Killer
Pub Date: 3.15.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆


“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….”


The awful thing about loneliness, is that it isn’t always cured by other people.”

I am always skeptical when reading a novel based on an Agatha Christie story. There’s a reason why her name is still so well known around here — she wrote fabulous stories with unexpected plot twists. But, I think that Peter Swanson did well with Nine Lives, and I was hooked from the first page.

Things could’ve gotten confusing with nine characters (plus an additional 1 or 2 supporting characters). But, Swanson gave readers a character glossary at the beginning of the story, and I LOVED that touch to the book. I flagged the page and went back and forth until I figured out who was who. I was not too fond of some characters (Jay is a POS), and then there were characters that I loved (Ethan and Caroline). There was also a big twist that I hadn’t connected the dots to. Overall, I felt like the story was unique to the genre and very entertaining.

Here are some things that I enjoyed about Nine Lives:

🤏🏼 Short chapters
9️⃣ Multiple perspectives
📝 Detailed character list
🤯 Character connections I didn’t put together
🕵🏽‍♀️ Some tense moments, but it definitely felt more like a mystery than a thriller

I recommend you read Nine Lives if you’re a fan of One by One, And Then There Were None, and Eight Perfect Murders.

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