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Friday, November 27, 2020

Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None 
by Agatha Christie

Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: March 17, 2009 (first published November 6, 1939)
Kindle Edition
250 Pages
Genre: Mystery

Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Soldier Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die…

My Review:

Well, first off let me say that I'm so glad they changed the title from it's original.... eesh.  You'll have to look it up if you want to know.  Secondly, THIS IS MY FIRST AGATHA CHRISTIE!!  I know, I know.... as a lover of thrillers, you'd think I would've read one by now.  BUT NOPE.  So once Abby (Crime By The Book) revealed she had never read Stephen King.... well, we had to have a book off.  The Kind of Horror vs. the Queen of Mystery.  

The ultimate locked room mystery!  Ten people invited to Soldier Island.  Ten people left to their own devices.  Ten people guilty as their past comes to greet them in the most gruesome ways.  But who is killing them off?  And why???  Short review: I'll definitely be reading more Christie - but I did have some mixed feelings about this book.

What I loved: all the mystery, of course! Each person had their imperfections and were guilty of SOMETHING.  It almost felt like a posh version of Clue... except everyone is dying and fingers keep pointing to everyone who is left.  In books like these I tend to pick one I think may be the killer just to see if I'm right and weirdly enough, I was RIGHT with this one! (Pure luck, I assure you.)

What I didn't particularly care for: at 250 pages and 10 characters there wasn't a lot of time to really go in depth with any of them.  For me, this caused me to care very little about any of them.  Quite frankly, I applauded whoever was killing them off one by one.  While I appreciated the epilogue so we see how it all came together, it wasn't as shocking or as wondrous as I had hoped.

Overall, this was a winner.  Christie is the Queen for a reason and this was an intricate story to try and put together.  Plus, I love locked room mysteries so yay!


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