Title: And then there were none
Author: Agatha Christie
Length: 247 pages
Why I read it: Book club, a love for all things Christie
What it’s about: Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island by a Mr. U. N. Owen. Once there, they hear a gramophone message stating that they were each guilty of past murders. Shortly thereafter, they all begin to die one by one.
The good: First off, Christie is a master of building suspense. In this book, it was done brilliantly. One of the girls in my book club pointed out that, one of the best things Christie did was keep the characters strangers. Not only to each other, but to the reader. By doing this, you wouldn’t know if you could trust anyone. Second, the fact that as the murders progressed, they got more violent, which was both horrifying and exciting. By not really knowing the cast of characters, Christie made it so that you didn’t get emotionally invested in a character, and you couldn’t help but wonder who was going to die next and how. I honestly couldn’t figure out who the killer was. It was a lot of fun to discuss some of the characters and why we thought they could be the killer. We then went on to discuss just how much thought the killer went to to pick out the people he brought to the island. Or if the accused were actually guilty, and if they were how they could go for years, seemingly without feeling that guilt.
The bad: The ending. In most cases, I hate when the author ends the book without us knowing who the killer was. But this is one of the rare cases that I think the story would benefit from such and ending. Christie could have kept readers guessing for generations. I mean it got to the point when I was reading that I had to make charts reasoning out why it could be each person on the island. That it the one flaw with the book. That one flaw is the reason I didn’t give the book a rating of five.
Final thoughts: Despite the one flaw, I would definitely recommend the book to anyone. Especially anyone who is new to Christie or mysteries.