Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Rating: 5 stars
Ten little Soldier Boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Soldier Boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Soldier Boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Soldier Boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Soldier Boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Soldier Boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.
This is my first book by Agatha Christie and I just loved the story. I had watched the recent miniseries and fallen in love and I knew that I would eventually read the book. The story was very clever and filled with mystery and suspense. It was a great dark psychological thriller-murder mystery that I never saw coming. The story was fast paced and packed a punch. Because I had seen the miniseries, I knew who the murderer was, but that didn’t stop me from watching how everything unfolded in the book.
Ten people are invited to soldier island all for varying reasons. The group is an assortment of different type of people including a mercenary, governess, doctor, a retired general, spinster, Scotland Yard police officer, Judge and servants. It is soon revealed, by way of a gramophone their previous crimes.
One by one the killing starts and those remaining realise the murderer is on the Island after a thorough search is conducted. The deaths match the nursery rhyme ‘Ten Little Soldiers’ that is on the wall in all their rooms.
This was an amazing read that kept you guessing right to the end (although I was already aware who it was, it definitely made things interesting). It asks the question about what is justice? and who has the right to deliver it. It was a dark and thrilling read and I would totally recommend.