And Then There Were None; Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None is an Agatha Christie mystery about ten people, all strangers to one another, who have received an invitation to spend time on a remote island (Indian Island). The details are vague, but each of them is lured to the island with promises of just the vacation they needed or an employment opportunity. All of those invited are anxious to escape their past and decide to accept the invitation. The invitees do not even know who will be hosting them once they arrive.
Each of the ten guests has somewhat of a dark past and the crime they committed has gone unpunished. At dinner shortly after their arrival, a mysterious recording plays announcing the dark deeds each guest has supposedly committed. Soon, one by one they begin to die off. It appears that they have been invited to the Island to pay for their crimes.
I had mixed feelings about this story. I really disliked the beginning when all of the guests were being introduced. The writing seemed very choppy and I felt like I needed a flow chart to track the guests and what was being said about them if I was ever going to be able to put the pieces together. It’s obvious from the beginning that all of the guests are going to end up dead, but how they would die and who would be next, was what made me want to hang in there instead of jump ship after my rocky start.
I did like the way AC made each of the guests look like they could have been the murderer at one point or another. The remote island setting, the grand old house, all added to the build of tension as the mystery progressed. The ending was not what I was expecting either, but I did like the manner in which details of the murders were revealed.
A quick and pretty clever mystery, I thought this was a decent read, but I think overall I was still a bit disappointed.