Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book by an author that is from a country you have never visited
Thoughts: One of the things I absolutely love about my family is that we looove movies. To be honest, I haven’t been as good about keeping up with new movies as I probably should but in general; movies are a big plus. When we were kids, my parents had split up and finding ways to entertain 3 kids (my older brother was working by then, he didn’t need much entertaining) on not a lot of money was tough for my parents. Renting movies to the rescue!!
We were those kids who totally weren’t afraid to watch anything. We would pick up any movie from any genre from any decade and give it a shot. But. When we found one we loved, we rented it over
and over again.
Clue was one of those movies.
We watched this movie so many times, we memorized practically the entire thing! To this day, when I’m having a bad day or I’m tired or like, when I was pregnant and my emotions were all kinds of crazy all the time, Clue is always there for me. The writing is spot on and the casting is perfect! Tim Curry, Michael McKeon, Madeline Kahn! Everything about this movie makes my heart happy.
When I read And Then There Were None, I realized that as brilliant as that movie is, this book that set the tone for an entire genre, is even better.
The book takes place at a secluded manor. When I say secluded, I mean secluded. It is in such a remote place that you can’t get there unless you take a ferry or fly in or take a crazy road around these insane hills. Basically if there is a storm, everyone is trapped.
Spoiler alert: A storm hits. Everyone is trapped.
A group of strangers are invited to this manor for a party and as the story goes on, they are killed off. One by one. It’s the ultimate whodunnit! As a reader, you have to try and figure it out which is deliciously fun. But reader beware! Where the great Ms. Christie is concerned, things are not always what they seem.
As we read our way through the weekend, we see snippets of the guests lives prior to their arrival at the manor and one thing is abundantly clear.
These people have done some messed up things in their lives. I hesitate to say anything more, because it might ruin the fun of this book but suffice it to say, this story is a web of crazy tied up with a neon polka dot bow and an ending that I did not see coming.
Agatha Christie weaves an amazing tale of suspicion, intrigue and murder that pulls you in and just doesn’t let you go. I loved it. I couldn’t put it down. It gave me chills and it was so spooky in some parts that I maybe didn’t read it at night. It has seriously paved the way for books and movies for decades and even inspired an episode of Family Guy. It proves that Christie is not only the best of her genre, she is just one of the best.
She and her books are like a little black dress. They just never go out of style.