I can’t believe I’ve lived almost three decades and this is only my first run-in with Agatha Christie! I feel so ashamed! October seemed like the perfect time to remedy this tragedy and so I picked up And Then There Were None off the TBR shelf. Such a fun theme read for the Halloween season!
The basic premise involves 10 seemingly random people brought together on Indian Island (a small island off the coast of England). One by one, the guests begin to die and eventually surmise that the killing must be an inside job due to there being no one else on the island! The remaining victims are in a race against time to discover the true killer if they are to survive to see the mainland again! Brilliant.
I don’t know what else can possibly be said about Agatha Christie. She met all my expectations and more. Her tale was expertly crafted and I suspected every single character of being the murderer at some point. And I can guarantee that once the full story is revealed everyone will be pleasantly surprised at how things went down. Readers will also encounter some fantastically written characters, especially the strong female lead character of Vera – loved her!
And there is so much suspense! I know a lot of readers might think this book rather tame as compared to modern day slasher flicks, but I honestly preferred reading certain parts of this novel in the daytime rather than the dark of night! And I love slasher flicks, but well done suspense is timeless.
So if you need a very quick, delightfully spooky Halloween read – please consider And Then There Were None! I almost want to go back and read it again now knowing the details uncovered at the end of the story. I can’t wait to read another Christie novel to see how well her other novels stand up to this winner.