Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review: "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie

Ten people, all brought out to a mysterious island for various reasons.  The servants are a married couple, but other than that - there is no connection between any of the others.  They all discover that none of them have actually met their host, and that the host is not on the island.  After the first evening's dinner, a recording plays that accuses each guest (including the servants) of murder, complete with dates and names of their victims....  and then they each start to die, one by one.

THIS, right here, is why Agatha Christie is the Queen of Mystery!
I don't really remember reading Christie before, although I do have a memory of looking for her books in my public library when I was in 7th or 8th grade.  So for all intents and purposes, we'll call this my first Agatha Christie book.

I will say that the first two or three chapters were a little confusing for me, and for good reason.  The entire plot is set up quickly, and we are introduced to ten very different characters.  But by the third chapter (or whenever that first dinner is held), the pacing picks up very quickly and it is much easier to keep things sorted.  Also, the body count goes up at a pretty steady pace, so there are less suspects, I mean characters, to keep track of.  And yet, the final twist at the end was a complete surprise to me.  I was completely fooled and never saw it coming!  I am definitely a fan, and will keep looking for her books when I am in the mood for a good mystery.

*****
And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
William Morrow, 2011.  Originally published 1940.
247 pages
Source:  Purchased New
*****

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6 comments:

geoffwhaley.com said...

I really should read more Agatha Christie, like one a month or something. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express and how quickly the books read once they kick-off.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

This was my very first (and still favorite) Christie novel! I think I was 12 or so when I read it and it blew me away.

Desiree said...

I remember reading this as a kid but I think it's time to revisit it. Have you seen the movie? It's incredible.

Lily Manette said...

My very first Christie that I genuinely enjoyed. It chilled me at the time.

looloolooweez said...

This sounds like the plot of that comedy movie "Clue"!

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I listened to this book about 6 months ago and thought it was pretty good -- like you, the first few chapters were a little hard for me to keep all of the different characters straight. I did enjoy listening to Dan Stevens (Matthew from Downton Abbey) read it, though!

What I'd like to see is a completely modern film adaptation of this book.

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