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Nine Lives
Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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"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"--
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KathyWheeler
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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

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KathyWheeler
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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

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Read4life
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First bingo of June. 🤓
#BookSpinBingo #BigJuneReadathon #BFC2022

Clwojick Way to go! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looking great!!! 3w
wanderinglynn 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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Pearrr
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Steph.Titus
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Mehso-so

#Book.11.2022

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bookandbedandtea
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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 ⬇️

bookandbedandtea I didn't like the "reason" for killing these people instead of the original culprits- although the perpetrator's brain cancer is enough reason for his thought processes to be muddled, I guess. 2mo
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Chili
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#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.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Jenken1998
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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 🌟

TheLudicReader I like the word 'figureoutable'. 😁 2mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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Mehso-so

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.

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aperfectmjk
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Mehso-so

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.

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TheAromaofBooks I'm literally going to copy my own spoiler comment from when I read this book, because while it was an okay read, I definitely thought it was one of the weaker Swanson's I've ever read. I enjoyed the nod to Christie, but felt like the motivations were lacking - 2mo
TheAromaofBooks This book was a homage to Christie's And Then There Were None. However, in ATTWN the victims (theoretically) deserve to be killed because they have gotten away with with murder in the past. Here, the killer decides to murder the (adult) children of those he blames for his sister's death. Consequently this one really felt like a downer since (mostly) innocent people were killed for revenge instead of vigilante justice being handed out. 2mo
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Booknerd222
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The pick for Aprils book for #thebooktroop book club! Starting this one suuuper late but exited to get to it!

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alecia3dixie
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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!

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LiteraryinLawrence
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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).

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MrsReads1
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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

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LiteraryinLawrence
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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!

LauraBrook All awesome things! And happy belated birthday! 🥳 2mo
Megabooks Happy birthday!! 2mo
Suet624 Yippee! Happy birthday. 💕 2mo
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Ruthiella Happy Birthday!🥳🥳🥳 2mo
TheLudicReader Happy birthday. 2mo
ErikasMindfulShelf True Biz was amazing! Happy Birthday. 2mo
Branwen Happy Birthday! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy birthday 🎉🎈🎊 2mo
Bookzombie Happy Belated Birthday!!! 🥳 2mo
DivineDiana Wishing you a fabulous year! Love the puzzles too! 🥳 🎂 📚 2mo
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CherMoreBooks
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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.

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Tera66
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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.

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Skeebies05
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I finished this one in a day. Pretty good. I read it quickly bc I wanted to know what was going on.

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abookishbutterfly
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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

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MyNamesParadise
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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.

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TheAromaofBooks
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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 ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) with them as different ones of them either completely ignore the circumstances or try to fit together the pieces. This definitely wasn't my favorite Swanson book because of the pace and because part of the story just didn't jive with me (spoiler below) but it was still an engaging read with a generous nod to Agatha Christie.

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TheAromaofBooks This book was a homage to Christie's And Then There Were None. However, in ATTWN the victims (theoretically) deserve to be killed because they have gotten away with with murder in the past. Here, the killer decides to murder the (adult) children of those he blames for his sister's death. Consequently this one really felt like a downer since (mostly) innocent people were killed for revenge instead of vigilante justice being handed out. 3mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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LKK526 @TheAromaofBooks I liked this one too and your spoiler put it very well👍 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @LKK526 - Thank you! I did enjoy this one but as an homage to Christie, I felt like Swanson sort of missed the motivation of Christie's murderer - it was harder to appreciate the wrongness of the murderer's sister's death when he'd just spent the entire book killing innocent people, too. 2mo
LKK526 @TheAromaofBooks I also thought his finding the key book was kind of rushed. Agree with your comment on Christie. Been a fan of hers since I was 14 many moons ago. But considering all the crap out there I was at least entertained. 2mo
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abookishbutterfly
Nine Lives | Peter Swanson

“The awful thing about loneliness… is that it isn‘t always cured by other people.”

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peaknit
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My reading buddy.

AmyG ❤️ 3mo
GondorGirl Sweet baby! 🥰 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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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. ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …. And although I wasn‘t ‘wowed‘ by the reveal and the motive, it‘s a good book to be sucked into. 3mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍 I really enjoyed some of his other books. I haven‘t read this one yet. It‘s great when you get sucked in ! (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen Happy happy birthday, my friend! 😘😘 I hope my little gift from Book Depository reaches you soon. It shipped a couple of weeks ago. ❤️📚❤️📚 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Thank you Leah! I am so excited! 😘 @LeahBergen 3mo
batsy Happy birthday lovely Jessie! I hope you have a fabulous treat-filled weekend 🎂💐❤️🎉 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you my friend! 🥰🤗 @batsy 3mo
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MartinaLove
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3/5 ⭐

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.

vivastory I saw this at B&N last week & ALMOST bought it but I need to read his prior book which I bought instead. Plan on reading it soon. 3mo
MartinaLove @vivastory I read two of his books and I enjoyed them. Not the best but they're entertaining. 3mo
LKK526 I agree with @vivastory Swanson writes an entertaining book. I liked “Nine Perfect Murders” 3mo
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MartinaLove
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Currently reading. 📚🤗

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wallacereads
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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.

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LKK526
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I really liked this book and not just because it takes place partly in West Hartford, Connecticut where I am from. It‘s a twist on Christie‘s “And Then There Were None”. I am always nervous about inadvertently spilling spoilers (alliteration, please…) so I‘ll just say it was a fun read.

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JenReadsAlot
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Leftcoastzen I‘ve got Gates of Europe waiting at the Library. 3mo
peaknit Please let me know how you like Gates of Europe! 3mo
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kezzlou85
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This was an interesting story. The plot is steady and the ending was well written. I liked the final twist at the end but I did find his motive not quite as strong as I'd hoped. I wanted a little more and I had figured out why they were likely to be targeted though not the full story. The writing is good and it does leave you unsure who the killer is until close to the end which I liked. #Netgalley 3*

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ReadingisMyPassion
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I enjoyed this book as I was reading it. Nine people receive a list of nine names in the mail. No explanation, just 9 names. They don‘t know each other. Then they begin dying, one by one. The suspense kept me going. But then the last chapter…why? I couldn‘t see the purpose of it. So, I mulled it over for a day after finishing it and I realized that I couldn‘t remember much of what I read. Too many characters, none well-developed.

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JenReadsAlot
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1. Tagged- going to see if he can redeem himself from his last book! Also my #bookspin and #doublespin picks!
2. It is what it is.... even though I say it too 🤦‍♀️
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView @Kshakal @BethM @peaknit @IndoorDame @RaeLovesToRead

RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the tag! My ex used to say "It is what it is" all the time and it drove me insane ?? 4mo
TheSpineView I too don't care for that over used phrase. Thanks for playing! 4mo
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Yuki_Onna
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I don't usually 'do' the whole new releases thing, i.e. I don't follow the book release dates and such.
Did a bit of googling, however, and the ones I'm excited for are:
+The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
+The tagged: Nine lives
+The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
+ @RaeLovesToRead stated that Alan Rickman's memoirs are to be released later in 2022! Heck yeah!

ErinSueMreads Alan rickman!?!?! Literally can't wait. 5mo
Yuki_Onna @ErinSueMreads Yes, right?? Rae said so... So excited for this! It's such a loss that Alan isn't with us anymore... 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead I'm really looking forward to reading what he had to say. I was a huge fan 🥰🥰 5mo
hannah-leeloo I'm also looking forward to the Alan Rickman be was a great man 5mo
Yuki_Onna @RaeLovesToRead Me too! Well, maybe not a HUGE fan, but he was always one I loved seeing in films and he struck me as a wonderful person... I'm also so looking forward to reading his diaries! Thank you for telling us! 🥰 5mo
Alfoster Both Nine Lives and The Golden Couple are good!❤️👍👍👍👍 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 5mo
tokorowilliamwallace I usually don't go for new releases, either. Unless they are philosophy, psychology/neuroscience, or in the social sciences. The preorders I made last year were about cultural memesis, a new science and study of walking, and feminist theory written by an Indian professor in London; and I guess BOTM picks are new or early releases, but I'm not paying $25-30 for new fiction that way! I mostly source from library sales, thrifting, and LFSLs. 5mo
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