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Eight Perfect Murders

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson is an adult mystery/thriller about a man whose blog post has inspired a string of murders.

Years ago, bookseller Malcolm Kershaw created a list of eight perfect murder, novels where murder crimes were basically unsolvable. Now, years later, someone is using his list as a guide to go on a killing spree.

When an FBI agent shows up on his doorstep, Mal is shocked to learn that his list is still being read, let alone used to kill people. What’s even stranger is that Mal seems to have a connection to some of the people who have been murdered.

Could the killer be someone he knows? And how will Mal hide his own secrets when his past comes back to haunt him?

Now, I don’t know if I just wasn’t paying attention to this audio book or what, but I just wasn’t captured by the story. A thriller is supposed to keep you on the edge of your seat and I just never felt that.

I found a lot of the book pretty predictable, I basically knew who the murderer was from the beginning. The only surprise for me happened toward the end and by that time, I really wasn’t invested in the book.

I also found Gwen’s character to be lost halfway through the book, which was a shame. I wish she was “written out” differently. The author really makes you think that she is going to have a large, arching role in the story and halfway through she all-but disappears.

This was by no means a bad read, but I just wasn’t grasped by the story. This one gets only two stars from me today.

That’s all for now!


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