The mystery novel, And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie hurls you into a fast-paced mystery of murder and revenge.
Ten strangers, summoned by letters sent from different people, converge at Soldier Island, a remote island of the coast of Devon. These strangers: Vera Claythorne, Philip Lombard, Justice Wargrave, Emily Brent, Mr. Blore, Dr. Armstrong, Mr. Rogers, Mrs. Rogers, Anthony Marston, and General Macarthur, seemingly have no connection to each other or Soldier Island’s mansion’s owner, the mysterious Mr. Ulick Norman Owen.
Following dinner, Mr. Roger, who’s the mansion’s butler, on Mr. Owen’s instruction, plays a record on the gramophone. From the gramophone, an omniscient-like voice accuses all ten guests of a specific murder. The petrified guests band together and share their circumstances. Quickly they begin to realize that the others are not who they seem and that there are lying killers among them.
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Later when everyone returns to their rooms, shaken after witnessing the sudden death of Anthony Marston, they find a nursery rhyme about the gruesome deaths of ten soldier boys. Then, one by one they begin to die, exactly like the soldiers in the rhyme. As they die, the ten china soldier boys on the table disappear one by one in accordance with their deaths. Haunted and frightened by the nursery rhymes and unaccounted deaths, the remaining guests begin to suspect each other of being the elusive killer. Slowly it dawns upon the survivors that they are the victims of a terrifyingly malicious murder-revenge cycle–and there is no way off the island. A violent storm and distance cuts them off from the mainland. Their only chance is to stay alive until the storm clears.
I enjoyed this book because of the fast-paced action, suspense and mistrust between the characters that kept me turning the pages. Although I disliked how the author, Agatha Christie, did not tell you who the murderer was at the end of the story because I was burning with curiosity to know the identity of the sadistic, mocking murderer who had evaded apprehension by the guests. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a dark, gothic mystery with tension throughout the story.
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