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A book review: And Then There Were None

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TITLE: And Then There Were None

AUTHOR: Agatha Christie

PUBLISHED: 1939

SYNOPSIS

Ten strangers, who on the surface share little, if anything in common find themselves journeying to a mansion on a secluded island off the coast of Devon. They have been invited there by U.N. Owen. During their first dinner together a gramophone record begins to play betraying each person’s deepest secret. As time progresses they are killed one by one. On an island where nobody is coming or going due to stormy weather, it doesn’t take long for them to work out that the killer must be one of them, so will the innocent survivors find the murderer before it’s too late?

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If you read my discovering my mother’s favourite books post then you will know what prompted me to pick this one up. I was happy to discover my mother’s favourite reads, I’m even happier now that I have read this one. I’m a huge fan of murder mystery/thriller novels so the fact that I haven’t read any Agatha Christie before now surprises me. I think this was the perfect title to start me off. I picked up a copy second hand (you probably guessed that from the picture!) so I already knew it was bargain, I feel even more pleased with how cheap it was based on how much I enjoyed reading it! I considered buying a new copy to replace it but I think I like the fact that it’s a little tattered. Anyway, back to the review.

It’s a quick read (just over 200 pages), so it doesn’t take long to get through. Although, to be honest, I would have got through it pretty quickly however long it was because once I had picked it up I didn’t want to put it down again. I was so desperate to find out who the killer was!

In a relatively short story where we are exposed to ten main characters there is the fear that there will be too many perspectives. I worried that this might prove detrimental to the characterisation. I’m in two minds about this. I do think that Christie did a great job, each character was given a detailed enough backstory which didn’t become confusing at any point. What I mean by this is that I didn’t get the stories mixed up. However, I must admit that I didn’t really like any of them, and as a result of this I found myself desperate to know who the murderer was but pretty nonchalant about who died. I didn’t hate any of the characters, I just had a take it or leave it attitude to them all so it didn’t bother me who was killed and when.

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Agatha Christie has a solidified reputation as being one of the best, if not the best crime writers and I can see why this is the case. Her storytelling is certainly engaging, and she had my full attention right from the outset. As the story progressed I could tell how well thought out every detail was and this really enriched my reading experience.

I loved the mystery, the desperation, the fear, the fast pace, and the fact that it all becomes clear in the end. I personally didn’t guess the outcome, my theory throughout was completely wrong, so I would say this book isn’t predictable, perhaps others would disagree with me.

I would definitely recommend this book, it’s quick to get through, full of suspense and intrigue, and Agatha Christie’s writing style is simply brilliant. For me it’s the kind of book that you would pick up on an evening in the winter when you’re indoors feeling cosy and want a bit of escapism.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and it has left me eager to check out more of Christie’s work. If I had one criticism it would be as I said above that I wish I had stronger feelings towards the individual characters, I wanted to love or hate them and I just didn’t. The fact that I really enjoyed the book overall irrelevant of this fact is testament to Christie’s fantastic storytelling. I’ll certainly be giving it a reread at some point, so perhaps my opinions on each of the ten will change…I hope so.

MY RATING: 4/5

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Have you read And Then There Were None? What did you think about it? If you haven’t read it do you think that you will? As always I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Until the next time…Jess x

 

 

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