And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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Author : Agatha Christie
Title : And Then There Were None
Pages : 256
Publisher : Harper Collins
Publication date : September 12, 2013 (first published in 1939)

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Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.

The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again and again.

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I’m continuing on my mission to read books by Agatha Christie and despite all the wonderful suggestions in the comments on my post for Murder on the Orient Express, I disregarded them all (sorry, not sorry) and settled for And Then There Were None because I just bloody love that cover. Sometimes a decision is as easy as that.

Now, I was familiar with the premise of this story. Ten people, who seemingly have nothing in common, are invited to a mansion on an island by a mysterious person calling themselves U.N. Owen. On their first evening at the mansion, there’s a death. And then there were nine. I’m sure you get the picture. But that’s all I knew.

Could Agatha Christie weave a story or what?! This one is so unique and once again proves her incredible observational skills where people are concerned. All these characters are realistic and believable, albeit it in our eyes now maybe a tad old-fashioned. She makes it so easy to imagine what it feels like to be stuck in an isolated place with people you don’t know, not knowing who to trust and with no means of escape.

I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who was responsible and the conclusion left me spinning. I absolutely loved the ending, where it kind of felt to me as if the author was just rubbing my nose into the various clues I missed and which instantly made me want to read the whole book again. Well played, Agatha.

This is only the second Agatha Christie novel I’ve read but it was a roaring success yet again and I’m more determined than ever to read more books by her in the next few months.

And Then There Were None was first published in 1939 and is available in a multitude of formats and covers.

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  26 comments for “And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

  1. February 2, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I loved this book A LOT! Glad you enjoyed it too!

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  2. February 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I haven’t read the book but saw the series (which were wonderful!) so I know how it ends and it totally surprised me too!!

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  3. February 2, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I love crime fiction but I have never read an Agatha Christie novel which is shocking, this one sounds really good, I love it when you can’t figure out the ending 😊

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    • February 3, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      I was the same. And I only really picked up Murder on the Orient Express because I wanted to read it before the movie came out. May never have happened otherwise but now I’m hooked.

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  4. February 2, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I loved this read. Very happy to see you liked it as well 😁

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  5. February 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Fab review! She really was so clever at hiding the suspect from her readers.

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    • February 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      She was! She could teach some current authors a thing or two 😄

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  6. February 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Great review! I must read this one again. I first read a lot of her books as a child and have completely forgotten the stories and plots. Have been collecting the old ones though and keep saying I’m going to read them!

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  7. February 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    I went through a stage where I would only read her books, funny I’ve set myself a challenge this year and one of my goals is to revisit an Agatha Christie book x

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  8. Yvo
    February 2, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Great review! Good to hear you enjoyed this one. 😀

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    • February 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Have you read it?

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      • Yvo
        February 4, 2018 at 1:25 am

        Yes I did! Back in 2016 and it was my first experience with her work… I remember it blew me away and I’ve been looking forward to read more of her books ever since.

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  9. February 2, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Good ole Agatha never ages out, huh.

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  10. February 3, 2018 at 11:05 am

    One of my favorite endings!!!

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  11. February 3, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I don’t even know if I’ve read this particular book 😀 I read tons of Agatha when I was about 13/14 and in Estonian so it’s truly been a while but I really liked the books, that much I know! Maybe I should revisit some of her work sometime soon! Glad you’re enjoying her works! 🙂

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    • February 3, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Everyone should revisit them from time to time, I feel. I really enjoy the slower pace and I’m constantly in awe of how crafty she was.

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  12. February 3, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Fantastic review! This has got to be my favourite one of Agatha Christie’s I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 😁

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    • February 4, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Does that mean it’s all downhill from here? 😄

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      • February 4, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        Haha I haven’t read that many to judge 😂 I did enjoy Murder On The Orient Express too as you mentioned it?

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