Published in: 1939
Edition read: Paperback
First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
Agatha Christie is a goddess of writing, the queen of drama and mystery. This was so damn good, I could barely put it down. 10 strangers are called to an island by a mysterious benefactor that they all think they know from their past, and then they all slowly die off, one by one. It’s a whodunnit of epic proportions, because at the end of the book, everyone on that island is dead. Nobody escaped. How the hell did everyone die, who was the mastermind behind it all?
I didn’t pick the murderer at all. I kept changing my mind over who was the culprit, I kept waiting for someone to slip up and reveal themselves, and so when whoever my current suspect was suddenly died, I had to pick a whole new one. When it was all revealed at the very end, it was brilliant.
This was a pretty short and easy read, I finished it one Sunday morning in mostly one sitting, and the mystery kept the pages turning and the reader interested. I will eventually read my way through all of Agatha’s extensive catalogue of works, and I am glad I’ve ticked this one off my list, as it was a really good enjoyable mystery to get me back into the swing of reading, after a few disappointing reads lately.
And then there were none rating: 7/10.
Would I re-read it? Yes, it was such a good read! Such a good mystery, and so quick to read.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of mysteries, crime dramas, Agatha’s other work
Just found out, there was a BBC miniseries back in 2015 based on this book. Sounds like I need to find that ASAP and watch the hell out of it!