Is this the best Christie? I don't know. Some people will argue. But I can say that this, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and Murder on the Orient Express are in my top favorite of Christie's works.
"And Then There Were None" is a classic for a reason. Besides getting some locked room mysteries, you get a who dun it when 10 people who are brought to a island are picked off one by one. All seems tied to a poem that takes on dark connotations. As you continue through the story, you will keep changing your mind about who did what and who the bad guy is. If you somehow manage to guess it, I applaud you. When I first read this book years ago I remember being astounded by the ending. But even though I love this book, I can now say that the ending is a bit of a letdown. I think it would have been better to leave things unexplained. You could have another "The Turn of the Screw" and wonder if everyone involved is truly mad or just one person.
What I like the most about this story is that Christie slowly reveals things bit by bit about these 10 people brought to Soldier Island and you can definitely see that there is good and evil in anyone. And it leaves me with a question of if a person does a bad thing once, does that leave them evil forevermore? No chance for redemption?
As I sat drinking my tea last night I had further thoughts about this book and just really enjoyed revisiting this again.
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4: $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8: $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8: $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.
May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00.
May 14: $53. Read "No Country for Old Men" 320 pages Kindle edition; $3.00
May 19: $56. Read "The Witches: Salem, 1692" 384 ebook; $3.00
May 30: $59. Read "The Good Earth" 372 pages ebook: $3.00
June 4: $62. Read "The Wind in the Willows" paperback edition, 256 pages: $3.00
June 27: $67. Read "The Lincoln Lawyer" kindle edition, 528 pages: $5.00.
THE BIG SHAKE UP
June 28: $75. Read "That Summer" kindle edition, 174 pages: $8.00.
June 30: $84. Read "And Then There Were None", paperback, 247 pages: $9.00. Multiplier due to second time on BL space.