And then there were none is the first Agatha Christie novel I read! I planned to read one of her books for a while and I finally got to it. Of course, the author is legendary so I was very curious. I have been looking into more (English and Dutch) classics lately, so perhaps you will find more reviews on them soon.
‘1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.
The 10 strangers include a reckless playboy, a troubled Harley Street doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, two restless servants, a highly decorated general and an anxious secretary. One by one they are picked off. Who will survive? And who is the killer? Copies of an ominous nursery rhyme hang in each room, the murders mimicking the awful fates of its ‘Ten Little Soldier Boys’.
My first impression
Ha, this is language of the olden days. And I am not even talking about the initial title (and the one after that). This book is like a time machine, where everything is ‘queer’ and proper. That said, I am enjoying it. Her writing is very fluent, so I will probably finish this quickly.
Ten strangers are invited to stay at an isolated island. They all agree to go. The strangers are all invited due to various reasons, varying from work to leisure. However, the Owen family who invited them were not present to welcome them when they arrived at the island. They have to settle in the house themselves.
Things get more strange when a record suddenly starts to play accusing one of the strangers of murder. It turns out everyone has their own little secret. And then the murders begin, exactly in the same order as the nursery rhyme about the ten little soldiers that they found earlier…
It’s an interesting little story. I finished it in one morning because I really wanted to know who the murderer was. However, the characters were not well developed, nor did the great reveal feel very satisfying because you couldn’t have guessed it really. It does not really matter though, this is not the best book ever, but it is pretty awesome anyway.
Conclusion of And then there were none
I like this book because it feels so old, like your travelling with a time machine. Moreover, Agatha Christie’s writing style is very nice so you just have to keep on reading. I will surely read more of her books, not for the brilliant plot twists, but for the suspense and nice writing.