Last edited on February 3, 2022 by Miriam Pereira.
Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is another one of her praised mystery thrillers. The book starts off with ten strangers who each received a letter to go to Indian Island. Each stranger has been invited by someone different. When they arrive the host is not there on time. Meanwhile, when everyone has arrived, the host accuses everyone of a different individual murder. But as the story starts to progress, readers soon understand that the killer might be living under the very same roof as them.
Is And Then There Were None worth reading?
Agatha Christie, the master of mystery is surprisingly not a hard author to get into. And Then There Were None doesn’t read like a classic. Though, a significant chunk of the book’s beginning was tedious to read but only because it is when each character is introduced. Once I was familiar with each character’s recounts, the book was significantly better.
As for the plot, it was well structured and nicely paced. I found that though the plot twist was hard for some people to guess, I easily knew who the killer was, even as someone new to mysteries.
The main criticism, that is well justified too, is the strong usage of hate words towards multiple ethnic groups. Throughout this book, Christie uses a lot of anti-semitic terms. The terms are quite distinct so consider this a warning. Though given the time, it was something “normal”. The original title of the book also included a racial slur.
Though in the grand scheme of things (and the book’s past aside), I recommend And Then There Were None to someone interested in getting into Agatha Christie or mystery books in general.