“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.”
First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
I have no idea what to write about this book but at the same time I have so much to say about it. I feel like my opinion won't be popular, even though my rating is quite positive. Without exaggeration And Then There Were None was one of my most awaited books on my TBR shelf for 2015. I heard nothing but awesome things about it so my expectations were super-high, and I think these expectations were the very thing that ruined this reading experience for me.
The book starts off with introducing ten people to us, all of them in just a few paragraphs. I'm not gifted with the best memory so it was hard for me to remember who was who by so little information. This made me confused and frustrated as hell. Frustrated because prior to reading I was a 100% sure I'd enjoy And Then There Were None, and I felt like the worst person when I couldn't get into it easily. I mean, everyone else loves it, so why can't I?
“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.”
Despite my love for the mystery the characters were definitely my favorite part of the novel. We barely knew anything about them besides the crime they committed and the way they felt about it. Their remorse, or lack of it, told us everything we needed to know about them for this story.
As you can see from my review I can't really point out anything that would make And Then There Were None a less than five stars rated novel. But I'm still giving it four stars because I was expecting something more, a more exciting, edge of your seat mystery, which this book was not, not to me at least. I'd still recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery in general and I'll surely read more books by Agatha Christie in the close future.
The story idea: 5/5
The realization of the story: 4/5
The characters: 4.5/5
The cover: 3/5
Enjoy factor: 4/5