Nine Lives by Peter Swanson Review

Name: Nine Lives

Author: Peter Swanson

Rating: 2.5/5

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Content Warning: domestical abuse, adultery, racism, homophobia, biphobia,..


“The awful thing about loneliness, Jack thought, not for the first time, is that it isn’t always cured by other people.”


If you’re on the list you’re marked for death.

The envelope is unremarkable. There is no return address. It contains a single, folded, sheet of white paper.

The envelope drops through the mail slot like any other piece of post. But for the nine complete strangers who receive it – each of them recognising just one name, their own, on the enclosed list – it will be the most life altering letter they ever receive. It could also be the last, as one by one, they start to meet their end.

But why?

I won’t go on too long about this book, and pretty much all that I’ve got to say I’ve already said in my Goodreads review.

This is an overly long love letter to And Then There Were None with too many POVs to actually keep the pacing enjoyable.
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here, but I am a really huge fan of Christie’s novels (And Then There Were None included)- even though they were a product of their time. That being said I think I am part of the targeted audience because I share this love for the old mysteries. But somehow the fact that I kind of already had an idea of how the story will go and what the main reveal will be spoiled it a bit. There’s not enough differences to make this book distinguished (it’s not the same story, but if you’ve read the inspiration, you know what to expect and what might be the reason behind what’s going on).

I did enjoy the book at the beginning. I loved being introduced to all the names on the list and seeing how different they are. What I do consider being a positive thing is that I didn’t have to go back and remind myself who the current character is and what they do because their internal thoughts and POVs read differently from one another.
But, this was at least a 100 pages to long and after a while I got tired of shifting from that many POVs. The reveal was okay. Nothing special, nothing jaw dropping… It was expected.

I’m a bit sad that this is my first Peter Swanson because I do like the writing style. I think I’ll give another one or two a chance sooner than later and then decide what is my final thought about the author.

Thank you for reading. I’ll write to you soon in a new post.

Image belongs to Goodreads.


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