10…9…8..7…one by one each person on Soldier Island is murdered. Who is the murderer? Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novel And Then There Were None keeps you on your toes and is one of the best murder mystery of all murder mysteries.
Ten people are lured to work or relax in a wealthy couple’s house on an island, and they soon find out they are the only people on the island. Three are women and seven are men; each one of them has killed one or more people either intentionally or unintentionally and escaped punishment.
All of the guest rooms in the mansion have a nursery rhyme about 10 soldiers who each died one by one by unfortunate circumstances, and the guests soon discover that the murderer is following the nursery rhyme.
Christie’s novel elevates murder mystery to a new level with this masterpiece. Christie even said herself that this was one of the most difficult books she wrote. The beginning of the novel might confuse you because Christie introduces each of the 10 characters. Their backgrounds are important to discovering who the murderer is, so just keep going because once you get past the first couple of chapters, you are hooked.
Every character dies in a unique way and speaks to Christie’s creativity. With every murder, you cannot help but question yourself if the murderer is who you think it is. Every murder throws you off a little more. Who doesn’t like to feel like a detective? The dialogue, the witnesses, the evidence, and their backgrounds throughout the novel are all clues.
Don’t even think about reading the back of the book to find out ‘who dunnit’ because it ruins the fun. If you like watching criminal justice shows or playing Clue, you’ll no doubt enjoy this novel.
If you’ve read this book, what did you think? What do you think of Agatha Christie?