And Then There Were None
By: Agatha Christie
# of pages: 247
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.
My opinion: Several people have told me this is their favorite Agatha Christie novel and I can see why. It’s a clever story about ten people who travel to an island either as guests or employees. They are all a little uncertain about just who their host is, but the draw of employment or a free vacation is enough for them to step on the boat that takes them to Soldier Island. However, soon after they arrive they discover that this isn’t going to be an easy job or a relaxing vacation. The days and nights become a struggle to stay alive and figure out who on the tiny island is responsible for the murders.
This was an interesting read and I had many theories as to who was responsible for the murders, but I didn’t have it all the way figured out. I was continually reminded of the board game Clue! Also, like Murder on the Orient Express, I am impressed with how well this novel has held up over time. This could have taken place in 2017. Ten guests go to an island where they have no cell phone or internet connection…
I had a hard time picturing the conclusion that was described on the last page. I understood what the overall intent was, but couldn’t “see” the details. I had my husband read it and we talked through it until I could envision it correctly. In spite of that, it was a great read. I can’t choose which I liked more, Murder on the Orient Express or And Then There Were None.
Why I gave this book 4/5 stars: Clever and original story, kept me guessing, quick read.