Agatha Christie. What can I say about her? A mastermind, truly. She was the one who first introduced me to the world of crime, needless to say, I have been hooked ever since. Her work is still considered to be an epitome of sheer perfect crime novels. Every book she has written is mind-boggling. I have always read her books at such a fast pace, my heart racing, reading them at a stretch because I couldn’t put them down. But this one tops them all! It is an extraordinary, gripping and timeless novel!
Let’s have a quick look at the plot of the story:
Ten strangers, each with a past they want to evade, are summoned to an island by their millionaire host, Mr.Owen, who none of them have met personally. They enjoy a nice dinner when a gramophone starts playing, accusing each and every one of them for the deaths of other human beings. The weather changes into a storm, the next thing you know, one by one, people start dying.
The story forces you to think harder and suspect every character, till they are found dead themselves. But does it ever stop? Who survives from the island? Who is this Mr.Owen? Are these people really guilty of committing a crime?
Christie creates a complicated and exciting mystery for us to read, the revelation is always breath-taking! There are very few authors who come close to Christie’s style of thinking, it makes me wonder about her dark mind, since it is impossible to come up with fantastic stories every time but yet she managed it with ease.
I have so many friends who keep complaining that they can’t read a book. Either the book is boring, or too long or language is incomprehensible. Well! Here is your answer, guys. Agatha Christie’s novels are never exhaustingly long, she keeps them short and to the point. This book is easy to read and understand, so even as a beginner, I would highly recommend it to you. The plot of the novel is based on crime, isn’t that interesting enough? Also, you will never be able to guess the suspense till you actually read the epilogue. It’s like they say “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the RIGHT book!”
And to all voracious readers: Please go ahead and read this book, I beg of you. It is one of those crime novels you must read before you die!
Favorite Quotes from the book:
“But no artist, I now realize, can be satisfied with art alone. There is a natural craving for recognition which cannot be gain-said.”
“Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.”
“When a man’s neck’s in danger, he doesn’t stop to think too much about
“There was something magical about an island—the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world—an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.”
“Death was for-the other people.”
(Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are strictly my own and in no way influenced.)