June 30, 2008

And Then There Were None: A Review

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My second Agatha Christie novel was quite different from the first (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd). In this story, ten people are invited to an island on the Devon coast and arrive at the same time. It appears that they are alone on the island, deserted by their host. It soon becomes clear that whoever brought them there has nefarious reasons. Each guest is accused of the murder of another person by a mysterious recording. All crimes that have never been proven, never been tried. One by one, the guests are murdered, until....and then there were none.

The novel is told from the point of view of all the guests, one who might be the murderer of the others. It was strange reading it this way. None of the characters are sympathetic and I didn't feel any pity for them as they are killed.

The ending took me completely by surprise. I was beginning to thing that a supernatural force was at work. Christie is a sly one.

6 comments :

  1. My friend just gave me this book for my birthday. I'm really looking forward to reading it! I love surprise endings!

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  2. This is totally my favorite of Christie's books! I'm glad you liked it!!

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  3. I've only started reading Christie in the last year or so and have really enjoyed her books. This one sounds like a good one and you are right - she is sneaky with those surprises! :)

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  4. I loved this book, she always manages to take you by surprise. Another one you might like to read is Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

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  5. Was this one originally titled Ten Little Indians? (I know the title was changed.) Because I think this is the story I read but under a different title.

    I enjoyed it very much! Your review makes me want to pick up another Christie book here in the near future!

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