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Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
Narrator: Jacques Roy, Mark Bramhill
Published by HarperAudio on March 15, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 7 hours, 11 minutes
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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..
I always enjoy this author and find his writing to be very twisty. I expected since one of the names on the list was an FBI agent there would be some police procedural aspects, they would figure it out and save many of them. Well nothing was as expected.
The people on the list are found, questioned for commonalities and offered protections. There doesn’t seem to be much connection and it’s frustrating as people are killed. We get parts of the killer’s plans but nowhere near all of them or enough to identify him until much later. It’s so convoluted I never would have figured it out.
We also get a view into the people on the list and their lives, the good, the bad and the ugly. They are people and have their positives and their flaws. Some of them are more likeable than others. It’s sad to say but none of them are so wonderful that I felt determined for them to survive. I did feel like the characters were well developed and realistic overall.
It’s suspenseful and exciting to the end. I highly recommend this mystery and this author.
The narrators were both new to me. I was comfortable with their voices and enjoyed the performance. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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