Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 317
Genres: Mystery

And Then There Were None

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.
What an introduction to Agatha Christie, this book is brilliant. A classic whodunit mystery, it kept me guessing right to the very last page. Ten people with unsavoury pasts are lured to a mysterious little island off the coast of Devon, to a newly built luxury house. Before long, people start dying and accusations start flying. I had so many theories as to who the killer was but I would never have guessed the final reveal.

The story is so haunting, it gripped me from the beginning. The atmosphere in this book is so terrifying, these people are stranded on a grey island battered by rough seas and storms with no hope of rescue. None of the characters are likeable which adds to the charm. The creepy nursery rhyme and the figurines were brilliant foreboding plot devices, just when I thought I knew who the killer was that person was the next to die. By the end of the book, I wondered whether justice was done and these people deserved to die. A great morally ambiguous mystery. Highly recommend.


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