And Then There Were None Review

and then there were none book cover

I’ve been whizzing through audiobooks lately.

In the last few months, I went through a bit of a reading slump. Lack of time, lack of interest, etc. I could feel my brain melting, but I couldn’t pull myself together enough to make the effort to read – which is sad because I LOVE reading.

Anyways, I recently rediscovered how awesome audiobooks are – especially when they’re free from my library via the OverDrive Media Console App.

While the waiting lists are ridiculous, it’s fun to randomly pick a title out of the the available audiobooks. My latest adventure was the Agatha Christie book, And Then There Were None.

I’m more of a young adult, fantasy, and escapist reader, so branching into adult murder mystery was a new experience for me. I think the last murder mystery book I read was one of the
Nancy Drew
books in elementary school. I vaguely remember liking them, but I’m not the best paying attention to minute details to solve puzzles.

(Oh, but I did half-listen to both Whodunnit? Murder in Mystery Manor and it’s sequel Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island: 2. I was distracted when listening to them so a lot of the story didn’t sink in.)

I was surprised at how much I LOVED “And Then There Were None.”

Character Breakdown

Because I was listening to the audiobook, I had trouble matching all 10 main characters to their names. I often judged them based on their jobs rather than their personality. I actually had to make a little list to keep track of them all.

  • Lawrence Wargrave – A judge
  • Vera Claythorne – A governess
  • Philip Lombard – A mercenary
  • Edward Armstrong – A doctor
  • William Blore – A police inspector
  • Emily Brent – A religious woman (not sure if she had a job – she read the bible a lot)
  • Thomas Rogers – A butler
  • Ethel Rogers – A maid – butler’s wife
  • General MacArthur – A general
  • Anthony Marston – A young guy who likes cars

However, just because I had a hard time keeping track of them all doesn’t mean Agatha Christie didn’t do a good job of describing her characters. The opposite, in fact.

Each person had a unique back story, though they all shared a common trait: they were associated with the deaths of innocent people.

As the story progressed and each person was killed in his or her own unique way, I couldn’t help but try to piece all the clues together. Yet, no matter how hard I tried, each subsequent guess was wrong.

Then – buh BA BAAAAAAAAHHHHnnnn – TWIST ENDING!

A Fantastic Twist. . .

Don’t worry; I won’t spoil it for you!

Of course, it’s kind of implied a murder mystery book would have a twist ending, but Agatha Christie pulled it off beautifully. The killer’s description of how he managed each murder with such precision was mind-blowing, and I never would have guessed who it was.

From my limited experience with murder mystery books, it seems many writers make it almost impossible to guess who it is before the end of the book because one or two details which were vital for pin-pointing the killer were never mentioned. With this book, however, the clues were there, throughout the entire story. But, they were written in such a way that you would dismiss them unless you knew where to look.

Comparison to the Movie

Unfortunately, I have not yet had the privilege to watch the 1945 adaptation of the book. It currently has a 7.7 rating on IMDB, so it looks like it’s worth a look.

I’ll try to find some time to watch it in the near future.
I’ll update this post to let you know what I think.

But what do you think? Have you read this or any of Agatha Christie’s other books? I’m excited to read more of her books to see if each one is as ingeniously written as this one. Overall, I had an enjoyable experience and think it might be my gateway book into murder mystery books.

Written By JenniBee

 

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