- Author Agatha Christie
- Page Count 264
- Genre Mystery, Thriller
- My Rating 4.5 / 5
“Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.” – Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None
Okay guys, listen up. If you’re a fan of the mystery genre and you haven’t read this book . . . You need to put it on your tbr ASAP. If you want to write mystery novels, you need to read this book like, today, right now if you have the time. It’s such a smart mystery, one that most people won’t be able to solve. I’m usually pretty good at guessing who done it, but not with this book. Agatha Christie had me questioning everything. I was convinced that there was no killer at all, but instead maybe some sort of dark magic involved. I’ll tell you now, there’s no magic.
This book follows 10 people, switching POV’s throughout the story (which I LOVED) to give the reader as much information as possible about each guest and their motivations. These 10 people are invited to stay at a private island for a weekend, by a millionaire that none of them have actually met. Over the course of their stay, these 10 people start to die, one by one. The remaining guests have to figure out who is trying to kill all of them before it’s too late.
This book is great for a lot of reasons, one of them being how smart the mystery is. All the cleverness aside, Christie is also able to introduce and balance a lot of characters in a short amount of time without overwhelming the reader. The book is on the shorter side, so trying to fit 10 different point of views into the plot is tough, but Christie makes it seem easy. You never feel like there is too much information being thrown at you and at the same time, you are able to really get a sense for the characters and who they are as people. All of the characters have sort of stereotypical traits that make you want to fit them into a certain mold but then you learn more about their past and you’re like, oh wow, they’re actually more complex than I thought! Which is always fun.
So, who is the killer? And why do they want these 10, seemingly random, people dead? Also, why is the killer so obsessed with nursery rhymes?