Genre: Mystery, Crime, Suspense

Okay, okay. I know this is a very popular book, and there are many reviews out there. But I’m sorry! I just couldn’t resist but write about it here! So here we go.

“And then there were none” is yet another masterpiece from the mastermind, Agatha Christie.

10 strangers who know absolutely, I repeat, absolutely NOTHING about each other accept invitation that they receive from an unknown “Owen” , to Soldiers Island.

Now if someone were to give you a free vacation to a possibly beautiful place, with all the required supplies and services, would you say no?

Well, if your answer was no, good for you! Because the characters made a bad choice out here. Amidst trying to find comfort on this small island, the 10 strangers receive a message that tells them why they have been invited to Soldier island. Each participant is a murderer in there own story. Also, they start dying in peculiar ways. Peculiar why? Because they die exactly like the poem in the frames-

Ten little soldier boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were Nine.

Nine little soldier boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were Eight.

Eight little soldier boys traveling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were Seven.

Seven little soldier boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were Six.

Six little soldier boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were Five.

Five little soldier boys going in for law; One got into chancery and then there were Four.

Four little soldier boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were Three.

Three little soldier boys walking in the Zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were Two.

Two little soldier boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was One.

One little soldier boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself

And then there were None.

The little china figures that adorn the table in the dining room start disappearing one-by-one.  When the guests first arrived, there had been ten of them, but after each character dies, a figure disappears. 

Gradually, the secrets of the guests are revealed. It’s clearly too late for epiphanies now. With people dropping dead and a murderer on the leash- will anyone get out of the island alive? Who is the murderer? Is it one of them present in the house? Who is this “Mr. Owen” who has clearly tricked these people? Well, I guess you’ll have to read the book for the answers!

Highlights of the book:

The story is brilliantly carried forward. The occurrences of events don’t seem to miss the flow even by a bit. It is very indulging with a few complex words here and there but proves out to be astoundingly engaging.

It has a very good ending. It is a book where your guess might go wrong more than once.

The ending? Not a cliffhanger, but an ACTUAL ending. It’s oddly satisfying when books have a good ending, isn’t it, eh?

The book was kinda beyond its time. Written in 1939, the morals on which the guests are targeted are very modern-like.

Quote I liked:

“That’s peace – real peace. To come to the end – not to have to go on… Yes, peace.”

Agatha christie, and then there were none.

The dialogue has great gravity, because this is where a character. General MacArthur surrenders to the fact that they are all never going to leave the island, and that their end is right there, on that abandoned island.

Favourite character:

Well, by the end of the book, I hated everyone. If I had to choose, then Vera Claythorne was likable. She was genuine, truly felt the guilt for her sins, not to forget the evolution of her character on the whole.

Overall opinion: A mystery masterpiece that made murder seem all fun and intersting- must read.

Read the book and let me know what you think!


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