And Then There were None – Agatha Christie
I had purchased this one in the last week of April along with a few other books. I had never read Agatha Christie before and so I chose this one. It is said to be her master piece and her best selling book of all times. Along with this I had also purchased Murder on Orient Express which I will be reviewing soon.
The story starts with introduction to ten different people wondering about a strange invite they have received calling them to isolated Soldier Island. They are all people from different walks of life, completely unrelated. And each of them have received an invite under different pretexts. But neither the person who is ferrying them to the island nor the butler and his wife(who is the housekeeper and cook in that mansion) have personally met the owner of the mansion. When they arrive at the Soldier Island mansion, they find the popular rhyme “Ten little soldier boys” on the walls of every room very intriguing. They are all the more amused when they find ten toy soldiers on the dining table. But soon, one by one they start dying. Every time a person dies, one soldier mysteriously disappears from the dining table.
Initially I found it a little difficult to remember the names of so many characters and remember who is who. But as the story progresses, it gets more and more interesting. The fewer the people left on the island the more interesting the story gets. Is there someone hiding on the island or is it one of them or is it something else? The mystery has been built so incredibly without giving away anything about the killer that it is just impossible to guess who it could be.
I just could not put the book down till I had read the last page.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it.
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