And Then There Were None (1939) by Agatha Christie is a fantastic thriller.
Eight people have been invited to a remote island in Devon. These eight people are governess Vera Elizabeth Claythorne, soldier Philip Lombard, Justice Lawrence John Wargrave, Dr Edward George Armstrong, private investigator William Henry Blore, spinster Emily Caroline Brent, World I hero General John Gordon MacArthur and alcoholic Anthony James Marston. Joining them also on the island is cook and housekeeper Mrs Ethel Rogers and her husband butler Thomas Rogers. The guests are unsure why they have been invited here but soon find themselves in a race against time as one by one they begin to be killed off by a mysterious killer or killers. Classic claustrophobia by Christie.
I love the book. It’s a great plot and is extremely well executed. The mystery and suspense is excellent and the overall idea of the why and who is very neatly done without any loopholes. There is a lot of great things also about this book outside of the mystery element. Christie shows things like domestic abuse, corruption and class and status issues among other issues that probably wouldn’t be spoken about in 1939 so I felt Christie was brave to do that. The characters are really well-thought out and the elements fit really superbly together and seem effortlessly to do so. Nothing in this book is ever what it seems and that’s excellent thriller writing.
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