When I picked up this engrossing and fascinating tale by most famed author Dame
Agatha Christie, I could not put it down. With an impacting beginning, a
suspenseful middle, and a shocking climax, this novel by mystery's favorite
author will leave you speechless and gasping for breath.
The plot proves to be one of Christie’s most baffling and horrifying cases. It
starts out with ten seemingly innocent people invited to an island at sea
called Indian Island (or Shipwreck Island in some editions). But the motive of the
mysterious U. N. Owen, their unknown host, is far from innocent. During dinner, the dinner table's centerpiece of ten little indians
arouses discussion amongst the guests. Then, while sitting around in the sitting room, a voice
accuses each and every one of them of murder, including the maid and butler.
One by one, the killer stalks and quiets guests forever, each in a unique way, using
a grotesque nursery rhyme as a killing guide. This book is a great representation of what happens when people are trapped without help and start to get hysteric. Accusations fly around the room, people who were thought to be the murderer keep dying, and
the gripping conclusion will hold you in its grasp. I hope this book will have a
special place in your mind.
Who will you think the killer is? You will continue guessing and pondering, groaning
when the person you think did it gets killed off. Was it Blore? The maid? The
butler? The clue-like atmosphere and deliciously illustrated details of the
motives, suspects, possibilities, and fatal mistakes lead to only three clues
that are vital enough to identify the elusive murderer.
Why read this book? Suspense? Nail-biting terror? Angry accusations and the mysterious pasts of every
character? Insanity and, of course, murder! I’m sure these words
and many more will come to mind when you read this book.
In older editions, this book is titled Ten Little Indians. There
have been many plays and movies based this book, and it remains one of Agatha Christie’s most popular novels, along with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Evil
Under The Sun. Agatha Christie wrote over 80 mysteries and other books
up to her death in the 1970’s. Her books have sold in the billions, outsold only by the Bible. Her play Mousetrap has been running continuously for almost sixty years and is the longest running play in modern history.
With Christie’s cunning detectives, Miss Jane Marple and the famous
Belgian detective Hercule Poiroit, I hope you will always want to stay up for
“just one more chapter” and never, ever want to put her books down for a second,
fearing you will miss the murderer getting caught and Justice being served. I
hope you enjoy Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None as much as I did.