And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
E-Book from Public Library
[#24 in my 75 book challenge]
After reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, I had to read the other Agatha Christie book that everyone is always saying has the best twist. In fact, many people believe this novel to be her best work. It’s listed as the #7 best selling book of all time. Crazy.
Previously titled as Ten Little N******* and Ten Little Indians before both titles were declared racist and offensive, this is the story of ten strangers sent to an island to be murdered. Brought to the island under false pretenses, each of the ten people are murder in the order and manner that the soldiers are murdered in the rhyme Ten Little Soldier Boys.
I was told the twist in this was killer. And I will say that Christie was very clever in crafting a tight story that really worked. However, it wasn’t my favorite of her mysteries. I far preferred the twists in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Mousetrap. Those are some great stories with genius twists at the end. This twist, though well crafted, was complicated to wrap my head around. I now see why people say they want to read it a second time to revisit the clues.
Final Grade: C It was okay. I always love a good mystery and trying to figure out whodunnit. I think I would have thought more of it if it were my first Agatha Christie novel. However, everyone else in the world seems to LOOOOVE it, so I guess it comes highly recommended! I would definitely watch a movie version of it, and even buy a copy for my middle school library — I think I have some kids that would enjoy the story and actually GET it. Christie’s books tend to be free of heavy sexual content, so they are good for sophisticated middle school readers (I read my first one in 8th grade and loved it — and my friend says she read this one the same year and also loved it!).
Have you read this story? What did you think? Do you like mysteries as much as I do?