And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Genre: Mystery - fiction
Rating: 5 stars

Review: This is my first Agatha Christie novel, so I did not have any expectations whatsoever. But it was highly recommended to me by a couple of trusted bloggers, so I knew I had to pick this one up. I have to say, I'm so glad I trusted them. I don't know why I have never actually read this one, because it seems to me, that it's one of those books that every reader needs to read. No matter what. It's such a classic book - and I have to agree, that it might be one of the best mysteries ever written. The tension and suspense the book creates were enough for me to have a difficult time putting this down. I finished this in a day and a half, and if I didn't have to sleep or work or eat, I probably would have finished it faster.

I do want to say though, that it's definitely not your typical mystery novel that you might read nowadays. It was after all, written during the late 30s, so the 'whodunit' style is noticeably different. But don't let that deter you from this book. The plot line to begin with, is complex and highly original. The execution of every event in the book - flawless. The characters were memorable and their personalities were able to shine through. The ending - good, although I wish more information was added as I was not fully "convinced," if that makes sense.

Overall, it's an exciting story that would satisfy fans of mysteries and detective-stories. It showcases excellent pacing, solid writing and execution, and multifaceted characters. Awesome read for sure.


  1. Great review, I've never read an Agatha Christie either, though I've seen the TV show adaptations of her novels and love those. I should give it a go!

  2. This and another book are the only two Agatha Christies I've ever read. And Then There Were None is definitely a classic! I cannot recall the finer details of it since I read it a long long time ago, but I would recommend it to any mystery lover. :D

  3. So glad you loved it and I hope you will try more of her books. This is my favorite but I also loved the Hercule Poirot mysteries (I'm not as big a fan of Miss Marple although those are good too). You might like Death on the Nile or Murder in Mesopotamia (I always enjoyed books set in exotic locales as a teen). A lot of people like Murder on the Orient Express too.

  4. I KNEW you would love this. Brilliant execution is a perfect description.

  5. This was my first and only by her also, I read it this year.

    Did you figure it out or like 'everyone' just didn't get it.

    Brilliant, I look forward to trying more also.

  6. Awesome review!

    EXCELLENT points.

    I MUST read this one.

  7. Great review! Makes me want start reading Christie again. I'm glad you liked the book.

  8. I am really glad you liked it! I devoured every single novel by Agatha Christie in 2 years and yet, this one still remains my favorite of all of her mysteries.

  9. I'm so glad you loved it! I saw a play version of it in London a few years ago and they completely changed the ending. It was still good, but a bit disappointing. I love the book though, so deliciously dark!

  10. Nice review! I used to read Agatha Christie alot. I need to pick her up again.

  11. I always long for a good mystery. Maybe I should go with a classic like this! :)

  12. I've always wanted to read an Agatha Christie novel. I don't know what has stopped me. I think I'll start with this one. Your review was very helpful.

  13. I've never read an Agatha Christie either but bought a bargain one to try a few months ago but don't know which one it is. I bought some other authors too so I can dabble in mysteries. I like mystery tv shows especially BBC ones so I should like reading mysteries-- don't know why I've always avoided them.

  14. Belle - Very old-fashioned and such a classic. If you like mysteries you might like this!

    Risa - Would you recommend another from her?

    Christina - Thanks so much for those titles! I will try to borrow them from the library sometime :)

    BookQuoter - Thanks for recommending! :D

    Marce - I didn't really 'figure out' who the killer was specifically, but the tale is very familiar! I feel like there have been many stories in films, books, and TV that have featured the style. But no, I didn't really guess who it was! But I knew it was a 'trick' haha

    Juju - I would recommend it if you like mysteries!

    Pepca - Have you read this as well?

    Misha - Would you recommend anything else from her?

    Melissa - It was definitely dark, but subtle! That's what made it so creepy.

    naida - This is my first from her!

    Melissa - If you don't mind violent reads, check out The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen! So good.

    Alexis - Let me know if you do pick it up.

    Lesa - I really think you will like this one! I recommend it :) I for one love mystery thrillers every once in a while!

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