Wednesday, February 17, 2010

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None is the signature novel of Agatha Christie, the most popular work of the world's bestselling novelist. It is a masterpiece of mystery and suspense that has been a fixture in popular literature since it was originally published in 1939. First there were ten-a curious assortment of strangers summoned to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to any of them, is nowhere to be found. The ten guests have precious little in common except that each has a deadly secret buried deep in their own past. And, unknown to them, each has been marked for murder. Alone on the island and trapped by foul weather, one by one the guests begin to fall prey to the hidden murderer among them. With themselves as the only suspects, only the dead are above suspicion.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again-- I love intrigue, suspense, and mystery. This had all. I was reading it in bed last week and I really thought every single noise in my house was a crazed murderer. It was fabulous. I love books that scare me so much (in a good way) that I can't even put my feet on the floor because I am afraid something is lurking under my bed. This was the first Agatha Christie book I've ever read (absurd, I know--with my love of mystery and all) and I was left guessing until the VERY last... 2-3 pages. Everything got explained and even then I was just... mesmerized. This has to be, by far, the most well-written murder mystery I have ever read. And, trust me, I have read A LOT. Wow. She's not the queen for nothin'!

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