Mystery: something that has been or cannot be explained. Murder: the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. What do you think happens to people who get away with murder? Why, they pay for it, of course! No secrets stay hidden forever, especially, in Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None.
Agatha Christie’s captivating novella, And Then There Were None, focuses on an oddly mixed group as they step foot on Indian Island and experience profound events that makes them realize they bargained far more than then their time when they agreed to stay. It seems as if the media couldn’t get enough of the island off the coast of Devon, Indian Island, a place of luxury and relaxation, the perfect summer getaway or so it seemed. Ten ordinary individuals left their houses to take a boat ride for a trip to Indian Island, six of them thought they were there for employment and the rest thought they were there to pass time for the duration of the ...view middle of the document...
Things seemed to have plummeted down from then on as the “hanging judge”, an ex-governess, a soldier-of-fortune, a sixty-five-year-old spinster, an old general, a physician, a race car driver, an ex-C.I.D, and a stammering butler along with his frightened wife, the cook, gets killed one by one until there were none.
Agatha Christie did an exceptionally good job with her novella, And Then There Were None. She took an overly done idea and turned it into something brilliant as she added in perplex puzzles and wove it smoothly with her enigmatic story line. However, it wasn’t the proposition of ten strangers stranded on an island that lured me into the story; it was how she was going to execute something excessively used in murder mysteries and make it different and she did. I thoroughly enjoyed how she chose the nursery rhyme, Ten Little Indians, to be the main concept of how the murders were being conducted. The characters she created were very stereotypical like Dr. Armstrong for example. All doctors are viewed as people who only believe in logic and things they see, this trait made Dr. Armstrong a very gullible character. Nevertheless, all the characters made the perfect victim for the murderer’s scheme and because of them being stereotypical, it made them seem realistic. As I was reading, I came across some unfamiliar words in her dialogue and, although, the story was in an acceptable pace, those words held me back as it confused me of what it meant but I soon got the hang of it. Her style of writing illustrated a clear picture in my head and made me feel as if I was there. I also liked how, in her character’s dialogues, she adds subtle hints that kept me engaged and guessing of who it might be.
I was ecstatic to read the novella and I’m glad to say, it did not disappoint. Agatha Christie’s brilliant plot line, ensures that readers who love classic mystery or for teens, like me, looking for a time out on Teen Fiction and wanting to try something new, will be kept on the edge of their seats. The factors I mentioned above and how beautifully it came together contributed to my enjoyment of the novella and for that I give it a ten out of ten.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie