And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Ten random strangers are summoned to an island for a week as guests by an unknown host. All guests have one thing in common – a dark past they’re unwilling to reveal. One by one, they are killed in a manner predicted by a silly and sinister children’s poem with the conclusion of « …and then there were none. »
This was my first Agatha Christie read and boy, was it a page-turner! It was an enjoyable experience and I really admired Christie’s use of short yet powerful sentences. She creates a sense of atmosphere where you feel as trapped as those in the island. I also loved the fact how she maintained the politeness and respect between the characters even under the threat of imminent demise — how they still have meals together when the « soldier » next to them could very well be the murderer. This clandestine suspense only made me turn the pages to find out who the mastermind behind all this ordeal.
What also made this book (or any other ‘whodunit’ book) enjoyable was the rewarding experience when you get to the last page and find out the WHO. At some point in the novel, I already had in mind who the maniac was behind the summoning of the « ten soldiers » all because of the WHY question. First of all, the people on the island are undoubtedly guilty in one way or another (although for some, it wasn’t murder they are guilty of). Each time a murder occurs in the island, it is treated as if they are in the court of law and the judge determines how that person died, resulting in everyone suspecting that one of them is the murderer.
The who, if you’re still wondering, is the Judge.
In conclusion, the question that I kept asking myself still was WHY? Why did the Judge do it? Is it to achieve perceived justice? Who has the right to say what justice is? Or was he purely a sadistic maniac?
- Plot – The fact that ten people will die in accordance with a children’s poem will have you guessing the order of the killing and what weapon was used.
- Characters – People from all walks of life. Some you like, some you hate.
- The count-down.
- Clandestine suspense
- There really wasn’t an official follow-up.
Best of an island is once you get there – you can’t go any farther..you’ve come to the end of things.
I don’t know. I don’t know at all. And that’s what’s frightening the life out of me. To have no idea.
Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is grim. It’s a thriller. It’s a must!
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