After watching the BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s popular book ‘And Then There Were None’ and thinking it was so cleverly put together and not quite believing the murderer once they revealed themselves; it became the first Agatha Christie I would ever read.
I never forgot the impact and terror that as I watched it so at the next opportunity I got at buying the book without the BBC drama cover. In February this opportunity came up and I was lucky enough to buy the Crime Club version of Agatha Christie’s book. As much as you’re told not to judge a book by its cover, I couldn’t help it. The skeleton of the hand touching the house on Soldier’s Island chilled my spine and I couldn’t wait to devour it.
This week I travelled to Mallorca for a couple of days and my chosen book was this one. I was hooked from the beginning, the introduction and development of the characters were detailed and plausible, yet all pretended to be innocent and it was hard to believe that any of them had the capacity for murder. I sat by the pool and just read and read, I hated being disturbed by my boyfriend because I was so encapsulated in the terrifying world Christie had masterfully built.
I finished the book on the flight back to England and I just wanted more. As much as I loved it, I wanted to know more about these deaths. Not just the ones that take place on the island but those that happen outside of the novel. They were vague and necessary for the plot and Christie’s style, but I was hungry for more. More detail and description. Though this is just me being selfish, so all in all, I was thoroughly satisfied and shocked by this tale being so violent that I will definitely read it again. I feel that it is a story that just keeps giving, there is more to look out for. I will never forget the murderer, that has made a lasting impression.
If like me you’ve never read an Agatha Christie or even a traditional crime novel before (this is only my second crime book I’ve ever read) then this is a good place to start. It isn’t too long but neither too short. The chapters are split into smaller chapters so is able to be put down and picked back up again if it gets too much, or like me, you get distracted easily. It is a brilliant read and definitely one that should be on any avid reader’s book bucket list.