Nine Lives pdf Summary Reviews by Peter Swanson

Nine Lives is a thriller novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Eight Perfect Murders Peter Swanson.

Nine Lives Summary

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

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About Peter Swanson – Author of Nine Lives

Peter Swanson
Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson author of Nine lives pdf is the author of six novels including The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year, and his most recent thriller, Eight Perfect Murders. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine.

A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and cat.

Nine Lives pdf, Paperback, Hardcover

Below is the basic information you need to know about the thriller novel Nine lives by Peter Swanson.

Nine Lives pdf
Nine Lives pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow (March 15, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062980076
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062980076
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.04 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.09 x 9 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #12,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #275 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Books)
  • #1,169 in Women Sleuths (Books)
  • #1,228 in Cozy Mysteries (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars    2,349 ratings

Nine Lives Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The mysterious letters that arrive for the unlucky folks in Peter Swanson’s terrific Nine Lives are all identical… The plot is an ingenious puzzle… Forget trying to solve the mystery yourself. But be aware that if you look closely, you may spot the murderer… hiding in plain sight.” — New York Times Book Review

“[A] smartly entertaining reimagining of Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None… Swanson cunningly plays with readers’ heads as we hope so-and-so gets it next… In addition to the suspense — who’s doing this, and why? — there’s lots of literary wit.” — Washington Post on Nine Lives

“Swanson honors genre traditions by arousing expectations only to subvert them—and then subvert them again. Some of the surprises are so unexpected, readers may be doing mental backflips to keep up. The author of Nine Lives has surpassed his own high standards.” — Wall Street Journal

“Swanson again takes the idea of fiction as homage to deliriously vertiginous new heights… While the tension mounts deliciously as we wonder if there will be any survivors, the real fascination here is the explanation itself—and what it reveals about the cancerous effects of guilt and obsession.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Swanson (Every Vow You Break) neatly riffs on Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None in this taut thriller… [A] well-crafted page-turner.” — Publishers Weekly

“I loved Nine Lives. Swanson’s sharp and insightful characterization brought to life a fascinating premise. The whole resolution is beautifully worked out.” — Ann Cleeves, author of The Heron’s Cry

“With economical strokes of his pen, Peter Swanson presents us with a clever homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and keeps us guessing right to the end.”  — Peter May, author of The Blackhouse

“Gosh, Nine Lives is good. Incredibly so.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Swanson is emerging as the king of the classic mystery revival. His last two books, Every Vow You Break and Eight Perfect Murders, were deservedly bestsellers and received many awards… Nine Lives lives up to all that and more. This is his best book yet. The premise is near perfection.” — Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“[Swanson] has earned a reputation for ingenious plotting and a clear, precise writing style — and “Nine Lives” is no exception. And this time, he tells readers just enough about the lives of the nine people on the hit list to make readers care what happens to them.” — Associated Press

“Swanson creates a rollercoaster for readers.” — BookPage

“Echoes of Agatha Christie reverberate through Nine Lives as Peter Swanson… brings a fresh, contemporary approach to the classic And Then There Were None. [Swanson’s] intense storytelling energizes Nine Lives. Swanson delivers a surprising but believable resolution that ties together all the characters in this solid thriller.” — Shelf Awareness

“Peter Swanson is one of my go-to authors, and he keeps getting better with each new book he writes. His latest effort, Nine Lives, is no exception. Not only is it a terrific mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing right up until the last page, it just happens to be inspired by one of my all-time favorite novels: Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.” —

“Swanson alternates points of view with alacrity, unleashing a varied and vibrant ensemble…Peter Swanson is the king of the high concept thriller, and Nine Lives marks yet another ambitious addition to his collected works. An ode to Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None, it expands on her premise by moving the killing grounds from an insular island setting to America at large.” —

“‘Deliciously ingenious… With twist upon twist, and false clue upon false clue, this is superb, elegant crime writing with more than a nod to the genre’s past.’” — Daily Mail (UK)

“Diving into the plot of a Peter Swanson novel is rather like getting involved, if not quite in a game of chess, then in a particularly sharp game of checkers. Swanson’s earlier bestselling “Eight Perfect Murders” qualified as a solid book of this type. “Nine Lives” is even better.”  — Toronto Star

“Hitchcockian chills and thrills abound in Swanson’s latest mystery, a twisty tale of survival and deception. ”  — O, the Oprah Magazine on Every Vow You Break

“Swanson specializes in writing mesmerizing thrillers that subvert readers’ expectations. The author works his particular magic once again with Every Vow You Break… Swanson’s shape-shifting saga is reminiscent, by turns, of such foreboding films as Vertigo [and] Fatal Attraction.” — Wall Street Journal

“Just when we think we have an idea of what Abigail is up against, Swanson pulls the rug away from under us. Strange events give way to sinister revelations… The last act cranks up tension to the breaking point. Sit back, suspend all disbelief, and watch those pages fly by.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune on Every Vow You Break

“With mounting tension and fraying nerves, it careens to the final stunning conclusion. A true tour de force.” — Lisa Gardner on Eight Perfect Murders

Eight Perfect Murders creates expectations it then subverts, presents suspects only to eliminate them, and in general has its own way with the tropes of the mystery thriller—including that genre mainstay, the unreliable narrator.” — Wall Street Journal

“A devious whodunit” — New York Times Book Review on Eight Perfect Murders

“In Peter Swanson’s expert hands, one woman’s discerning observation at a quiet suburban dinner party unfolds into a gripping, twisty, psychologically complex thriller. I could not put it down.” — Alafair Burke on Before She Knew Him

“A fun read, full of switchbacks and double crosses… With classic misdirection, Swanson distracts us from the details – changing up murderers and victims fast enough to keep us reading. And, implausibly, rooting for the cold-blooded killer at this thriller’s core.” — Boston Globe on The Kind Worth Killing

“Chilling and hypnotically suspenseful … could be an instant classic.” — Lee Child on The Kind Worth Killing

The Kind Worth Killing is not your ordinary murder mystery; it is an extraordinarily well-written tale of deceit and revenge told by a very gifted writer. Peter Swanson takes us on a harrowing journey through the hearts and minds of a cast of characters who seem normal on the outside, but are deliciously abnormal on the inside. The twists are not just in the plot; they are also in the heads of the plotters.” — Nelson DeMille

Reviews from Amazon Verified Buyers


5.0 out of 5 stars 4.8 Stars, Rounded up to 5
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2022

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Nine Lives had me going from the very beginning! First of all, what a great narrative tool to have the parts counting backwards. That made you know that somehow, within the chapters of those parts, at least one person would not make it to the end of each. The tension! Even after the “Who” & the “Why” start to slowly piece together late in the reading, there is a huge plot twist that stops you with a screeching halt. Wait, What?? LOVE when that happens!
My only critique is the very last chapter. It felt like an epilogue of sorts. I can’t say much without risking a spoiler & I certainly don’t want to do that. I just felt that it was wholly unnecessary & a little incredulous. The story was quite complete and satisfying without it. And I can only think of 2 reasons for it to have been added on. But again, to propose my theories would be spoiler territory. Sorry. You won’t hear it from me, LOL!!
Even with that, I so thoroughly enjoyed this book! Will look into the author’s other novels. Very highly recommended!

Kayla’s Bestie

5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars ….. Story kept surprising me ….
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2022

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….. to the end. I read in one sitting. I was daylight when I started and now its completely dark. I loved this book!! Had such a fun time on the ride and didn’t start to pull it together until the end. Even though we were told what the outline of the story from almost the beginning. The likeability of the characters range from good to bad. The different scenarios were realistic. Prefer Swanson is a fun read and very rarely am I disappointed with his writing. Can’t wait to read his next one.

Tom Wescott

5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Swanson is back to form!
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2022

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If you thought his last book was uninspired and rather boring, and Eight Perfect Murders, while great in concept (and cover!) was a bit of a let down in execution, you’ll be delighted to hear that he’s firing on all cylinders with Nine Lives. Everything element of this book was engaging and satisfying. I wonder if maybe the ‘book-a-year’ schedules authors like Swanson are put on require them to sacrifice quality and that’s why it can get uneven. But he hit all the notes perfect with this one. Congrats, Peter!


5.0 out of 5 stars No spoilers in this review
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2022

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I have read all of Swanson’s books and will read whatever he publishes in the future. I don’t do well when there are lots of characters in a book (I forget names and have to keep reading to figure out how they fit in when they appear in a chapter…this book has lots of character so it was a challenge). The plot is impossible as is the resolution, so why am I giving this 5 stars? I just like the author’s writing. I never got bored. The very last chapter was a good surprise.

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