I’ve been want to write this review for such a long time!!!!!
I love reading and rereading Agatha Christie books, and And Then There Were None is my favourite! It’s really such an awesome book. As soon as I was done reading it, I memorised the poem, and I still remember all of it (2 years later)! How weird, I can’t seem to remember what I learnt in physics last year…
Pro tip: If you ever want to write a very very creepy crime mystery, write your entire plot based on an eerie nursery rhyme. That will also make your job easier. All you have to do is follow the rhyme.
Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Page count: 264
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 people in a room; everyone accused of killing someone; each one suspecting the others. What could be a better setting for crime?
Why would anyone come to a suspicious island, invited there by someone they didn’t know? Those people had to be really desperate to take whatever U. N. Owen offered them.
Agatha Christie created compelling characters and fascinating situations. Everyone is scared for their lives, wondering whether the person standing next to them is the killer, wondering if they’re going to die that day…the tension is suffocating.
Out of the ten, I suspected most of them at different times. It could be Emily Brent, Armstrong, Philip Lombard, Vera Claythorne… anyone at all. But…what if it was someone from outside the little group? What if U. N. Owen actually existed? I’ll admit it, I suspected everyone but the actual killer.
And the confession at the end. Wonderful. A confession by the killer, confessing everything: why the victims were chosen, how they were killed, what wrongs the killer had committed. It’s a breathtaking confession, that one.