Book review: And then there were none (by Agatha Christie)

Title: And then there were none

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

 
10 people were lured to a small island by means of invitation or employment contract. They were housed in a big mansion on that island, but for some unknown reasons their host was delayed from returning to the island. Towards the end of a wonderful dinner, they heard a voice accusing them of causing the death of some people. It turned out to be a pre-recorded voice. It made them uncomfortable but they could only leave the following morning when the boatman came. As they were talking about the matter, a man choked and died. The next morning, the wife of the butler was found dead too. The group believed there was a murderer hiding somewhere on the island and wanted to leave as soon as possible. When the boatman did not come as expected, some men decided to search the island to look for the hiding place of the murderer. Their search ended with the conclusion there was no other hiding place on the island and the murderer was one of them. The group was also stranded on the island due to a storm. Despite preventive measures and precautions, the murders continued, one at a time, and the survivors got tensed up and suspicious of one another. What made it eerie was the manner of the deaths matched the nursery rhyme in the house.

This novel is voted as one of the fans’ favorites among Agatha Christie’s works and it does not disappoint. I tried to guess the identity of the murderer when I was halfway through the story but I was wrong. I got the part of misdirection correct though. The best part of the story was the ending when the identity of the murderer was revealed and how he killed the people without anyone realizing.

 

 


PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.

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