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2023 Book Review: Eight Perfect Murders

by Peter Swanson

A Mystery/Thriller, 2020 by William Morrow, 270 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • If you haven’t read the mystery stories referenced, you plan to, and you hate spoilers … skip this book. Ok, that’s a really niche warning but use it if you must.
  • After the big build up in the reader’s head about “who done it”, the reveal felt anti-climactic. But there’s more coming so don’t lose heart! 
  • If a book closely mirrors other plots but uses the mirroring AS a plot device … is it original? Ponder that, I suppose. 

What I Did Like:

  • Absolutely LOVE the story here. As a bookseller myself, I saw a lot of things to adore in this set up. I immediately knew I wanted a “all books mentioned in this book” shelf.
  • Twists and mystery. Just overall really well done and set up. The reveals hit because they’re delivered at just the right time and I didn’t see them all coming. 
  • Who can you trust? I love when this works in a mystery story and you find yourself questioning literally every character. At one point I’m pretty sure I was accusing all of them! It all just felt plausible. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Unreliable narrator fans or readers who generally like questioning the entire cast.
  • Fans of mysteries in general. The premise draws from some of the greatest mystery books in history and that is a fun story for a mystery reader. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

  • If you’re a mystery fan, you’ll love this one. Recommended, for sure!

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