“And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie

Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ☆☆☆☆

Synopsis: Ten strangers have been summoned to a weekend social gathering on a private island off the coast of Devon, England by a millionaire unknown to any of them.

As they arrive, they come to realize that their host is not in attendance.  Being encouraged to stay and wait, while enjoying the food and the beauty of the home and island, the guests oblige.

Soon after, a recording begins playing, voiced by their mysteriously absent host.  This recording accuses every single guest of either committing murder or simply being the reason a person is currently dead – according to the host, quite unjustly.

It isn’t long before the guests begin dying.  One at a time, they begin to fall, their deaths following the pattern of the old nursery rhyme “Ten Little Indians” to a tee.  With no one else on the island, they come to realize that they are being picked off one by one … and one of them is the murderer!

Opinion: A classic gem from the renowned Agatha Christie. Her style of writing, her knack for suspense, and her unique ideas have transformed the way both thrillers and horror have come to be.

There are just oh so many rip-offs of this very premise in film throughout the last century that it sickens me. Just in the last 20 years, films like Identity, Would You Rather, Cabin in the Woods, Nine Dead, and many, many more have used Christie’s famous plot device. Although they all put a spin on it in order to make it their own, each was still inevitably a nod to Christie.

The only gripe I had with this book was that the time in which it was written was very, very clear. There is incredibly blatant sexism that never would fly today (by a female author, nonetheless!), as well as other notable phrases, words, and actions that are very dated to say the least.

In all, it was an engaging mystery novel that keeps you entertained, and once you reach the halfway point, you simply cannot put it down.  Christie has an excellent reputation as a mystery writer for a reason! She’s amazing.  I recommend this, and Christie’s books in general, highly.

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