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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling 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.

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....

©2022 Peter Swanson (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Very Very Good!!!!

I’m not going to write a long review because Audible has not been posting my reviews but holding five star reviews for absolutely no reason. So suffice to say I found this book very enjoyable. Unique concept Excellent narration.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Ending made no sense

The story held my interest and I would have given 3 stars but the ending ruined it for me

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Good, not great.

I've been looking forward to this book because I am a huge Peter Swanson fan. I enjoyed listening, but the ending didn't appeal so much and I was hoping for a bit more to the story.
Found it a challenge to keep all the names straight too, lots of characters in this one This book didn't have a anti-hero so much as just a mental person. Good narration and good character development, just not a favorite of his for me.

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Derivative Drivel

******* Some Spoilers *******

Sloppy re-working of Agatha Christie's classic. (WHY?) No character development.
Unnatural dialogue -- no one converses as these character do.
Even the "twist" ending reneges by providing the killer with a medical condition.
I am not certain the timeline is consistent; however, I was so bored with the book that I did not go back to try and verify the "facts" the author threw around.
Definitely would NOT recommend this book.
Narrator was indifferent.

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Skip it and read his other books

I was so excited for this book to come out, but it really fell short of expectations. It’s a riff on And Then There Were None, but also has a lot of notes from Eight Perfect Murders (Swanson’s previous book).

I found it hard to follow, not that interesting of a motive, and not that rewarding in the end. The murderer’s letter is expository and rote, lacking creativity. I would skip this novel and read/listen to his other books.

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Painful to listen to….

Such a bummer: Saw this in the NYT Book Review last weekend and jumped on it. Perhaps reading it is better; the narrator has the most monotone voice. I keep having to backtrack because I just lose interest.🤷‍♀️

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not worth a credit

Peter Swanson can be hit or miss for me and this one was mostly a miss. The story just wasn't all that compelling and it seemed like there was a good idea in there that might have made a great short story, but the book was dragged out with unnecessary detail. It needed more twists and thrills. I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on this one

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Intriguing storyline ran out of gas

The plot is an elaboration of Agatha Christie's, "And Then There Were None," which is mentioned throughout the story. Instead of an island, there is this list of seemingly unconnected people. Even though I knew what was coming, the author did a great job of twisting it and kept me guessing. There were no sensationalized death moments or false build-ups. I appreciated that. What disappointed me was when everything was explained, it was too far-fetched. I felt the author was working much too hard at being clever. The main narrator (for all but 15 min of the book) could have put a lot more effort into varying his cadence, tone, and energy. It sounded like someone reading a very long newspaper article.

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Too much death

I’m not finishing this one, even though I live Peter Swanson and was looking forward to his latest. This is just depressing. And the narrator isn’t great either. Skip it.

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Would prefer paperback and sad story at the end.

Love Peter Swanson. Very well read audiobook.

Disliked that chapters rotate through nine individuals, labeled with a number not a name, so it was too hard to follow on audiobook.

Also, spoiler, the story that ties the book together that you don’t learn until the end is beyond tragic. It might have been easier to integrate if it happened at the beginning or I knew that was the plot. Not for parents who have lost a child.