Book: And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie

Rating: 5/5

And Then There Were None-Agatha Christie

Ten people are summoned to an island and upon arriving, realize that their unknown host is missing. A voice coming from somewhere inside the house accuses each one of a crime committed by them. One by one, each person is killed just the way described in the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" until there are none. Who kills them and for what purpose is revealed at the end of the book.

Social/Historical context:

This book was originally published as "Ten Little Niggers" in 1939. It is not only one of the best known but also one of the best selling mysteries till date. There have been so many adaptations of this book in the form of TV series, movies and plays. The setting of the story depicts the traditionally British era. The author has successfully tried deviating from her original style of a neat and straight forward story telling thus giving us a dark and fascinating subject. The author has highlighted the guilt inside people's hearts and hatred brewing among them through this book.

Writing Style:

The writing style is traditional English with simple and easy to understand language. The book is written in a narrative style with an epilogue at the end. The author has beautifully and accurately woven the characters thereby giving a flow to the story till the very end.

My Thoughts:

"And Then There Were None" is one my all time favorite books from my all time favorite author. Although I enjoy almost all her books, this has to be Agatha Christie's masterpiece! The story, the plot, the suspense is all too much for the reader to put the book down without finishing. One can imagine the amount of effort the author has put in to create an almost visual treat for the reader. The climax of the story is to watch out for. Totally unexpected! I don't think any other mystery could ever come close to this one. The reader is simply flabbergasted right from the beginning. An ingenious plot with interesting characters plus a thrilling story - it has all the perfect ingredients for a great book. I bought a copy and have kept it so that I can go back to reading it whenever I want. An outstanding book and a must-read and must-have for all detective/fiction lovers!

Book Reviewed by Chitra Iyer

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