And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I read this book on a suggestion from a good review from Adam over at Reviews and Ramblings and borrowed it from Liz over at mylivereads. I don’t read mysteries often, and it has been years since I’ve read an Agatha Christie book, though I can’t remember one that I didn’t enjoy.

And Then There Were None

The basic premise of this novel is that ten strangers (well, eight strangers and one married couple) are invited for various reasons to come to the infamous Indian Island. The island’s owner, U.N. Owen has sent personal letters to these people asking them to arrive on the same date. Once the ten guests get to the island, they find that their host is absent and they have to entertain themselves. Early on in the story, a gramophone is played, and the voice on it announces that each person on the island is guilty of murder.

Even though each character got a little unique description in the beginning, and their murders are described through interesting internal monologue, I had a hard time keeping them straight. Lucky for me, they started dying off pretty quickly. After it got down to seven people alive, everyone had pretty well-developed personalities, and I started trying to figure out who the killer was. Agatha Christie is a master of suspense in this novel. She heaps suspicion on everyone, so even though I picked one person who I thought was the culprit, I was always suspicious of at least three other people at the same time.

I never thought I would claim a book to be a fast-paced murder mystery, but this novel definitely fits that description. It only took me a couple days to read because the mystery was set up extremely well, so I was always kept guessing. I feel comfortable saying that I did NOT guess the murderer’s identity correctly. Once the number of guests dwindled, I got to learn more about each guests personality, which was fun and added a strong human element to the story, and also made it that much more difficult to guess who the killer was. If you enjoy murder mysteries (and really, even if you don’t), I highly recommend reading this novel.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Adam
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 06:20:53

    Unless you’ve read this book before, it’s almost impossible to figure out who the killer is, but then when it’s explained at the end you want to smack yourself in the head and say “of course it was them, who else could it have been the entire time?”

    I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

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