Edition : Masterpiece Edition, Paperback (317 pages)
Publisher : Harper Collins (March 2013)
First Published : November 1939
Genre : Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Classic, Fiction
Source : Hugendubel Buchhandlung
Date Read : August 2015
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First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
Ten strangers were invited to visit Soldier Island in Devon. Later that night, a recorded message was played saying that each of them are responsible for a crime. One by one, the ten strangers begin to die. The question is, “Who is the murderer?”
I’m so glad to finally read an Agatha Christie book. I chose “And Then There Were None” after searching for Christie’s best-selling novel.
This book is brilliant!
The characters are well-crafted and convincing. I was able to understand and feel their emotions throughout the story. At some point, I became one of them. I observed and tried to figure out who are telling the truth and who are just pretending.
I cannot deny that it’s a bit confusing (for me) especially in the beginning because there are so many characters and each of them has their own background story. I had to write down their names and crossed them out as they died. This also helped me guessing who the real murderer was but sadly, I guessed it wrong.
The pacing is excellent and the dialogue is well written. The story is short but fascinating. There is no boring or slow part in this book. It’s gripping that it made me read while walking. Simply because I was eager to know who the murderer is. The nursery rhyme and some of the incidents gave me chills but the most exciting part is the manuscript.
No wonder this is Agatha Christie’s best-selling murder mystery novel. I think if you’re really into mystery/crime, you’ve already read this and if not, I highly recommend this book.