Reader Review: And Then There Were None

Book cover for And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieEditor’s note: This review was submitted by a library patron during the 2013 Adult Summer Reading program. We will continue to periodically share some of these reviews throughout the year. Thanks to all who participated!

I finally can say I’ve read my first Agatha Christie mystery. From what I understand, “And Then There Were None” is a great one with which to start. The book moves very quickly and never has a dull moment. The first chapter or two requires a bit of perseverance as there are 10 characters to quickly get to know and keep straight. The basic premise of the book is that 10 people are invited to an island and left alone as one by one they are murdered. (Or commit suicide?) It quickly becomes clear that one in the group is indeed the murderer. Try as I might, I was not able to determine who the murderer was as I read the book. It is an extremely creative plot and one I’ve never encountered. Now, I’m tempted to read the book again, this time in search for clues given as the story progresses. The underlying themes of the book are guilt for one’s past crimes and the execution of justice. I’m glad I read it and look forward to my next Christie book. I’ve heard “Murder on the Orient Express” is another one worth the time.

Three words or phrases that describe this book: suspenseful, thought-provoking, page-turner.

You might want to pick this book up if: You love a fast-paced mystery that isn’t easily solved while reading.

-Heather

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