Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Fiction, Adult
First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
First of all, I like to mention that this book caught my attention due to the BBC miniseries with Aidan Turner in the role of Philip Lombard. However, I’ve only seen the first two episodes and decided that I want to read the book first.
Furthermore, I’m using the name of the island or the nursery rhyme mentioned in the series and I'm not going to use the original name from the book.
The plot is simply brilliant. Ten people, as different as even possible, are lured to Soldier Island by their mysterious hosts Mr & Mrs Owen. Soon they realise that they are just there because everyone has his/her own dark secret and soon one by one gets murdered in a mysterious way.
I loved that the series of murder is based on the nursery rhyme that’s framed in every room. Well, that might reveal how the next person is going to die but the story doesn’t lose any tension.
The great thing is that you really start guessing who could be the murderer and every time you are sure that you solved the mystery by yourself, this person dies. The book is full of plot twists and personally, I never saw them coming.
The book also caught me with its atmosphere. At the beginning, it starts really slow and you didn’t have the feeling that it’s going to be such an intense thriller but by the time when the storm traps the ten people on the island you know that it’s going to be gripping until the end.
Moreover, I’m really glad that Agatha Christie didn’t let us in the dark and revealed the murderer and his motives at the end of the book.
I can only recommend “And Then There Were None” to everyone who likes a logical and gripping thriller, no matter if you are looking for a good book to read of a series to watch.