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Getting caught up on my book journals
I enjoyed this modern spin on Christie‘s “And Then There Were None” and blew through this audio in an afternoon of #audiopuzzling. I liked the reveal of the bad guy, but the reasoning was a little bit of a reach.
Couple twisty, murder-y books for my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin. Yay!
This is a low pick for me. I enjoyed the sketches of each of the names on the list and whilst clearly the author embraced how similar the set up is to Agatha Christie‘s And then there were none it felt flat in comparison #pantone2023 #tangelo
Book 10📚 2.5⭐️
A reimagined “And Then There Were None”. Some of the characters made my skin crawl and not in a good way.
Overall an ok story but mediocre for this classic trope.
Really somewhere between so-so and a pick. Kept us entertained during our drive this past weekend and it was the perfect length. I appreciated the Agatha Christie inspiration and references, but found the reveal, particularly the motivation and reasoning behind it, disappointing. I‘d still be willing to try another Swanson in the future.
Book 1 of 2023 complete. Happy New Years Litsy. I really enjoy Peter Swanson books and this one was reminiscent of “And Then There We‘re None”.
Nine people receive a list in the mail with 8 other names. They don‘t recognize any of the names until bad things start happening to the folks on the list. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
9 people receive a list of names in the mail each of their own names are on the list and one by one they start dying. It was a mesmerising read for me. I was trying to find links between the characters and solve the case myself, but as usual Peter Swanson had me guessing up until the very end. Dark characters, people with secrets, and twists that unravel slowly, I was here for it all. Another great read from this author.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Had this out, read up to the last hour of it so slowly that it got returned. It came back to me...twice. I finally gave up the ?. I did not get into this. All the characters seemed uninteresting and I couldn't care about them living or not. Why they are all being targeted was more intriguing but when there is an hr left and really nothing has been "discovered" about it, it feels like a useless thread. Oh well
Nine seemingly unconnected strangers each receive the same list of names. Then, one by one, they start dying.
This slow burning mystery was a fun read with definite 'And Then There Were None' vibes, which I love, but the number of different POVs was a bit overwhelming at times - luckily they narrow down as the story progresses! 😁
🎧 currently listening. Swanson is always hit or miss for me so I‘m hoping to like this one! 🎧
In Swanson's latest 9 strangers each receive a letter consisting solely of 9 names. Their reactions vary, according to their personalities. The recipients of the letter realize that they are being specifically targeted after a couple of people on the list are murdered. I ADORED this very bookish mystery that had a well-earned surprise. A truly rare thing nowadays in mystery.thrillers. I have read numerous Swanson books & this is now tied with👇
Books come up frequently in Nine Lives, especially poetry. Pretty clever Prufrock allusion @merelybookish @Branwen
I read the first 200 pages of this one today. I still have 100 left but I can see it being a new favorite Peter Swanson!
Feeling pretty "eh" about this one. I like that Swanson always seems to try new things. But had I known that this was inspired by Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" I would have been a lot less likely to read it, as I seem to be one of the few folks not into her stuff (and I will never be able to get the original title of that book out of my head). Anywho, this is a fast paced, quick read with a bunch of people to keep track of. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I wanted to like this more than I did. I‘m not sure if it was the way it was narrated (by one narrator) or the bleak manner in which it was told. I think, overall, I wanted something different than what I got from this story…although if I look at it a different way…the ending did feel complete like everything came full circle. Of course, it was still completely f*cked up.
Because I knew this was an homage to a specific Agatha Christie book, it was easy to predict where the plot of Nine Lives would go, but I still enjoyed it. I‘ve read two Swanson titles and they‘ve both involved books as a plot device; I like that. The characters were difficult to connect with, for the most part, but I think that‘s deliberate. I started The Messy Lives of Book people on my walk today. #audiowalk
I liked Eight Perfect Murders, so I thought I‘d make this one my new walking book. I‘m a few chapters in, and I‘m liking it so far. Just a short walk today. My air conditioner isn‘t working and being hot all day made me too tired to do anything. Still waiting on the AC guy; I hope he actually comes this evening. #audiowalk
First bingo of June. 🤓
#BookSpinBingo #BigJuneReadathon #BFC2022
Nine people around the country receive a list of names in the mail (including their own) and start dying one by one. They have never met and seem to have no connection at all so why is this happening? This was interesting and kept me reading but it isn't my favorite of his books. I'll explain in a spoiler comment ⬇️
#TwoForTuesday I‘m about to start the tagged book. I don‘t know that it‘s the book I‘m most excited to read but it‘s the next one I‘ll be reading.
It doesn‘t matter if there is music in the background because I tune it out while I read.
It was ok. Somewhat figureoutable. The twist was not super shocking but if i remember right I've felt the same about all his books. 9 strangers on a list.. start to be murdered.. but how are they connected? Very Agatha Christie inspired. 3.5 🌟
Nine people are on a list to be killed with apparently nothing in common. Tied things up well at the end, but I could never keep all the characters straight.
Finished my first book for May's #bookspinbingo. Boy, was this a let down. This was pretty uneventful until the end. Or maybe it's just that it lacked the overall suspense I came to expect. I gave it 3 stars because the writing wasn't terrible, the story just didn't deliver.
The pick for Aprils book for #thebooktroop book club! Starting this one suuuper late but exited to get to it!
This book was also so much fun! I could not put it down, read it all in a day, I just could not stop consuming this. I don't get the hate, it was such a fun time! And I did not guess the twist and this book caught me off gaurd a few times! I only took off a star because those last few pages! It should have been left where it was! Those last pages just kinda ruined the ambiance for me. 4/5 stars!
Just meh to me. If you have ever read Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, this book is very similar to it. A few changes, but I didn't think a whole lot.
I like Peter Swanson, but this wasn't one of his best books at least to me.
Highly recommend this one! I read it all today and thoroughly enjoyed it. At first I thought it would be hard to keep all the characters straight but it wasn‘t. There was a major thing in the plot that I didn‘t anticipate at all! I‘ve liked all of this author‘s books (this was my 3rd or 4th).
Peter Swanson is a hit-or-miss author for me so I was pleased to enjoy this latest novel. This is one of the better reimaginings of And Then There Were None that I've read and, being a fan of the original, I felt that this did it justice. I did figure it out before the end but it didn't detract from any of the fun of reading it. 5/5 stars
Well, my friends and family know me and my bookish ways pretty well! For my birthday yesterday I received a great selection of books, puzzles, notebooks, pencils, and book gift cards! ☺️ These are some of the books I specifically asked for that my aunt gave me. Where to start? I also of course already HAD like 10 books waiting to be read… but that‘s ok!
A solid mystery/thriller. I always love Swanson‘s books. They keep my attention. The author has a way of using limited book space but still making a character feel real/likeable. He doesn‘t go over the top with detailed or flowery descriptions so I never feel like I‘m taken out of the urgency of the story. Really enjoyed this one! The author is one of my favourites.
Sometimes I forget how much I love a good mystery thriller, but this one reminded me. It is super fast paced, the author certainly didn't stretch anything out for a higher page count. I almost wish it had slowed down a bit and gave us more clues and time to figure out the mystery. But is was a fun ride anyway.
I finished this one in a day. Pretty good. I read it quickly bc I wanted to know what was going on.
I found this to be a propulsive read and, although I wish all books were as addicting as Nine Lives, I suppose I‘d never get anything else done if they were. I devoured Nine Lives in (roughly) a twenty four hour timespan. I was just that glued to it!
Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4299218372
Very intriguing premise. 9 names on a list & as far as anyone can tell they‘re not connected. But if you‘re on that list then someone wants you dead. I really enjoyed this one! Very fast paced and suspenseful. Swanson brings it to a great conclusion! Would be a great mini series or movie.
Nine seemingly unconnected individuals each receive a letter in the mail with a list of (the same) nine names. It seems like a prank - until each of those people start getting murdered. While this wasn't exactly a slow book, it was slow compared to Swanson's usual frenetic pace. There isn't really an investigation - instead, each section (which counts down from nine as people are killed) hops between the different people and what is happening ⬇
“The awful thing about loneliness… is that it isn‘t always cured by other people.”
My reading buddy.
This book is Swanson‘s tribute to Agatha Christie and inspired by And Then There Were None. Nine strangers with seemingly no connection, are marked for death. And as the story goes on, each one is killed. There‘s little about the investigation, instead the focus is on the thoughts and doings of the characters. I have no problem keeping track of the various POVs, the mystery kept me reading. ⬇️
Nine names. Nine lives that has a connection from the past but no one knows how and why? Each one of them has chapters in the book. I enjoyed reading each characters point of view.
A story that will have you guessing until the very end.
Currently reading. 📚🤗
Nine strangers receive a list with nine names including their own. One by one they start turning up dead. What if anything connects them all? I read this in one sitting.