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.