I must confess the Hercule Poirot is not one of my favourite detectives. Not even close. But that’s personal opinion. What I enjoy most Poirot’s cases or I must say, Agatha Christie’s writing is the how the cases unfold in the end after reaching the climax. This book has a brilliant ending, that’s all. No spoilers. I enjoy her writing which never fails to create a tension on the reader to get to the end of it. And Then There Were None is the best case scenario.
2014 has been a mixed bag year for me in reading. I have read a variety of authors, especially a lot of new authors this time, took non-fiction seriously and some interesting books on recommendations. My challenge to myself to read 100 books this year is on track and so far, as the year comes to half, I have read 49 books.
The challenge bar on the goodreads.com tells me that I am “one book ahead of the schedule” which means I am doing well. Thus, here I am evaluating ten best reads I had so far in the year.
10. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Winner of Man Booker Prize 2009, Wolf Hall is amazing story written surrealistically from the POV of Thomas Cromwell.
9. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
An exciting thriller, unfolds the story of an identity-less man. If you like the movie, you will love this book.
I have never been on good terms when reading Agatha Christie. She made me bore and I confess guiltily (it’s not my habit generally) I have left her two books previously in between while reading. But few years back, a wise man recommended her to me, told me to read her books, stick to them. And this time I did.
And There Were None by Agatha Christie, another recommendation by a special friend whom I’ll thank personally, wanted me to read this one. I read And There Were Nonein few hours (only two breaks in between) and it was hard to put down. A complete thrilling and terrifying experience which made me go mad and fall in love with it. After a long time I did feel such thrill and adrenaline rush through my body. Had read so much crime fiction in the past, I could not conclude the final outcome which was absolutely brilliant.
It is the story of ten individuals who are invited to an isolated house on Soldier Island, Devon, England. During their first dinner together, a recorded message accuses each of them of a terrible crime. One by one, they begin to die. One of guests must be the killer, but who is it? The plot ofAnd Then There Were None is so simple yet it is extremely difficult to execute.
The characters are so adequate and well-crafted and the pace is extremely good, not too fast nor too slow. I quite liked the way author portrays the effect the murders have on the characters, specifically once they realize that no help is coming. Although not everybody’s reaction is described in great detail, a general feeling of fear is successful. There isn’t much in the book but I am sure the plot will give you a chill afterwards when you have read it. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time that I was reading it. A total crazy classical murder mystery.
This book was a great way for me to spend my weekend while in bed due cold. Agatha Christie does it brilliantly and the book deserves lot of praise. Totally recommended to anyone who wants to read.
I’ll be reading more of her novels because of this!