Yes, the first Agatha Christie review is here. I have been rubbing my hands in breathless anticipation for this post.
And this week’s Weekly Wonder is –
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
Ten innocent strangers are invited to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U.N. Owen.” They’re from various walks of life- with seemingly no connection between the guests; they are complete strangers to each other.However, the gathering goes off without a hitch, until dinner time. That’s when things begin to take a rather morbid turn for the worse.
At dinner, a recorded message accuses each of them of having commited murder, and by the end of the night, one of the guests is dead. Unable to leave the island, they start to die, one by one, in tandem with a haunting nursery rhyme.
Who is the killer? U.N. Owen? Or one of the guests themselves?
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“In the midst of life, we are in death.”
“Best of an island is once you get there – you can’t go any farther…you’ve come to the end of things…”
“ Fear, what a strange thing fear was…”
“This is no time for refusing to look facts in the face.”
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT
- And Then There Were None is such a dexterously written book. There is absolutely no way you can put it down.
- It’s possibly Agatha Christie’s best book. The sheer ingenuity required to write such a marvel of a book is rare and deserves a standing ovation.
- It’s very creepy, without being graphic. As you proceed through the book, you feel yourself shiver as the sanity of the characters dwindle. It’s a certain recommend for people who enjoy black humor. (Roald Dahl’s Short Stories for Adults- if you enjoyed them, you will definitely enjoy this.)
- As a student of Humanities, it was very interesting for me to attempt to decipher the psychology of the killer. It still fascinates me.
- It can be reread, again, repeatedly. It will never cease to surprise you. Each time, you will try to find plotholes. You will fail every time. (If you do happen to think you’ve found any, please tell me in the comments below!)
Read it! Read it now!
And don’t forget to tell me all about it.