Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And then there were none

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First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

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I’ve watched the TV shows Poirot and Miss Marple, but I never did read any Agatha Christie before. Her books have always just been on the periphery of my mind. But I was just getting restless because I couldn’t decide what to read and so I thought, let’s pick up an interesting murder mystery. It’ll be a nice change of pace from my usual books. And it was definitely a great decision, because this was an impressive read.

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The author is so successful at creating an eerie atmosphere throughout the novel. An isolated island cutoff from the world, stormy seas and howling winds just adding to the dread factor, ten people who are feeling the weight of the guilt of their past actions, and each murder making them even more suspicious of the others – all of this just keeps the reader on their toes, turning each page frantically on our own quest to find the culprit before the truth is revealed. The writing is sharp and clear, with short chapters somehow accentuating the drama. The author is also so awesome at keeping us guessing throughout, we keep changing our suspicions from one person to the other pretty quickly but can never decide on one. Even the way each character’s past action is revealed is masterful, and the way the guilt creeps up on them and they handle each murder is pretty nightmarish to read about. And the nursery rhyme which forms the basis for the whole story is damn terrifying in itself. I’m already quite bad at guessing the bad guy, so it was no surprise that I could get no handle on the murderer who planned this whole clever plot, but I think this will be the case for most readers as well. Christie just doesn’t give us many chances to unravel the mystery.

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I’m sure many already know about the marvels of Agatha Christie’s writings, so I don’t need to do any recommending. But if you are a newbie, then this would be a great book from the author’s canon to start with. It is atmospheric, has an eclectic group of characters and an almost perfect unsolvable murder mystery. I can’t wait to jump into some of Poirot’s books which my friends have duly suggested and vouched for.

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  1. I think this is one of my favourite Agatha Christie books because it’s just so well done in terms of writing and plotting. The ending was the biggest ‘what the….’ moments I think I’ve ever had! Glad you enjoyed it and hope you enjoy many more Agatha’s to come!

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  2. this is one of the greatest books of all time, and that’s not even hyperbole! I love how this particular Agatha Christie book has influenced the thriller/horror genre so strongly, this plot is my favorite 😀

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