Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery; Thriller
Synopsis: A mysterious host calls ten people to a solitary island, cut off from the rest of the world. All of them are accused of something, and the mysterious host believes they should pay for their crimes. One at a time, they are killed, all with the nursery rhyme of Ten Little Indians as the frame.
Time and time again, Agatha Christie blows me away with her well-crafted mysteries. I always love how she is able to lead the reader around, making them come to their own conclusions or leaving them completely confused, and then bringing out something for the big reveal. Unlike the other books I have read, this book doesn’t feature Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, so I did kind of miss those two characters. Still, the book has a wide variety of characters and an undeniable thrilling creep factor that made it a great read for me.
First of all, I didn’t expect this book to be more creepy than the books I usually read from her. Maybe it’s because this one delves more into the psychological side of the characters, rather than the rational sleuthing that I normally get from her books. All of the characters in this book feel real: with their secrets and flaws, and their desperation in trying to hide those. The reader gets little peeks into their heads, just enough to slowly reveal the person behind the mask they wear. I loved how she wrote them because it really shows what people can become when they’re desperate and backed into a corner.
Second, the pacing of the book may have started off a bit slow because all of the characters were being introduced. It took me a little while to get a feel for all of them because the book does feature at least ten characters, so I was bound to get them mixed up at first. But once things got heated up, they got going fairly quickly. The moments of action and panic are interspersed with getting to know the characters, based on how they think and how they interact with each other. Like I said, it took me a while to get going, but Christie’s mastery of the mystery kept me hanging on.
I feel that this book is quite different from her other books because it’s more psychological. Still, I enjoyed it very much and if you’re the kind of person who likes thrillers with the creep factor, I suggest you pick this up.
Overall: This book gets five stars from me for having a great cast of characters, a well-done mystery, and for the tingles and shivers that it gave me while I was reading.