Nine Lives by Peter Swanson – ARC Review

Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

Series: N/A

Publisher: Faber Faber

Published March 3rd 2022

Genres: Thriller

Pages: 336

Format: ARC

Buy: Book Depository / Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

The author of Rules for Perfect Murders is back – with a chilling and fiendish puzzle of a novel everyone will be talking about next Spring.

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?

The premise is straightforward. Nine people are sent a letter with a list of names that includes theirs… Soon they start dying one by one.

I love perfect murders, you have no idea how much. The last book I was super into it with was For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing. I love rooting for the “bad guy” and making sense of why people are getting murdered as if there was an excuse to kill people.

This was no different, I was head on rooting for everything to go perfect. Getting your name on an anonymous list can’t be a good thing, when some start dying and you can’t run, even worse. I loved every single one of the murders, and only one wasn’t done personally and I was still rooting for it to happen. I also really liked to see the reason in the end and understand the main character.

It kept me intrigued, entertained and excited, plus it’s a super fast read! I also really enjoyed the connections with Agatha Christie, I know it might not be for everyone but for a fan of Agatha Christie like me, it was just the cherry on top.

Overall this was a thrilling read from start to finish and I would definitely recommend it if you like rooting for the murderer, also COULD ANYONE LEAVE SUGGESTIONS BELOW OF BOOKS LIKE THIS ONE?

What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!


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