Author: Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None follows the arrival of ten strangers at the mysterious Soldier Island. There they discover that the host of the lavish estate is nowhere to be found, but a message has been left for each of them. Charged with murdering or causing the death of someone from their past, the newly arrived occupants scramble for an explanation and a way off the island. Pursued by their secrets and an invisible foe, suspicions begin to arise within the group when someone begins killing them off one by one.
“We’re counting on the motorboat to take us off this island. That’s the meaning of the whole business. We are not going to leave the island…None of us will ever leave…It’s the end, you see–the end of everything….”
Christie has compiled an electric array of characters all burdened by differing degrees of guilt. Some deny any wrongdoing by either justifying or minimizing their influence over the murders they’ve been accused of, while others have accepted their guilt and are haunted by the lack of accountability. As the pile of bodies begins to rise, fear, denial, and in some cases relief set in for these not-so-innocent guests.
The backbone of the novel is its commentary on justice and how limited it is by the letter of the law. While in a perfect world, those who cause the deaths of others would be prosecuted and sentenced, in this imperfect world, some people do get away with murder. As more and more is revealed about the characters’ pasts and their motivations, as a reader you find yourself justifying the actions of the mysterious executioner.
This is my first Agatha Christie novel and I am really glad I picked it up. Reading And Then There Were None was like revisiting my childhood when I played Clue with my cousins, guessing that it was the butler in the library with the candlestick. I was riveted and stayed up late reading because I needed to discover who was behind the mysterious murders.