And Then There Were None Book Review

Hello everyone!

This is my And Then There Were None book review. It is written by Agatha Christie and if I may say: one of her most brilliant ones!


Indian island. There are a lot of rumours but no one knows for sure who bought the island. A Hollywood star, a royal, the Admiralty… Maybe.

Full moon over island at nightEight people travel to Indian island. Strangers to each other. People with different reasons to be there. Some for vacation, some for work, some not even knowing exactly why…

They reach the island, but, unfortunately, Mr. Owen, the owner, will not be able to come until tomorrow. The butler and the cook, though, show them to their rooms, so they can rest until dinner.

When it’s time, they all go downstairs for dinner. There they find out that except for them, the butler and the cook there’s no one else on the island. It’s a little strange for these Owens to have only two people as staff, especially because they hired them a couple days ago, but okay…

They’re calm and silent after dinner but suddenly they hear a voice. A cold inhuman voice accusing them of murders. They can’t locate the voice originally, but after a while, they find out that it’s from a gramophone from the next room.

Trying to figure out what’s happening, they all say their piece of information and they end up knowing only one thing for a fact. That the owner is U.N. Owen. Or else Unknown… And then strange things start to happen. They have to stay together but they can’t trust each other. After they search the island and verify that they are the only people on the island, there is only one possible solution. One of them is more than what they say… And what will they do when, one by one, they get murdered…?

Characters

  • Vera Claythorne: She used to be a governess. She goes to Indian Island to work as Mrs. Owen’s secretary.
  • Philip Lombard: He was a soldier. Very confident and brave. He was hired because he has the rumour that legality- or rather the lack of it- Dangerous islandis not a problem for him.
  • William Blore: He used to be in the police. He’s here under a false name originally. Bold, but a little too much for his own good…
  • Dr. Armstrong: He draws suspicion on him because he’s a doctor. He craves success and believes that he can’t take a break even if he has the money for it because it is easy to get forgotten. Reformed alcoholic.
  • Justice Wargrave: He’s a former judge, recently retired, old in age but very smart. Because of his job position, he’s the one who tries to clear out the evidence most methodically.
  • Miss Brent: Because of her age and her attitude, she gives the impression of an old maid. A very strict one. She’s highly religious and that makes her very absolute in some of her opinions.
  • Mr. Rogers: He’s hired as a butler. Very capable in his job. He and his wife had to leave their last job.
  • General MacArthur: He used to be married, now widowed. He loved his wife but she died of pneumonia some years ago. He doesn’t seem very stable from early on.
  • Mrs. Rogers: Very pale, seems frightened all the time. She faints when she listens to the voice accusing them.
  • Anthony Marston: Young and very handsome. He’s described almost like a young God while driving in his car.

Thunder upon islandFavourite character – It includes a few spoilers (Sorry!)

Well, if I have to choose someone, I think I’ll choose Armstrong. After all, he didn’t have the intent to harm. Or Lombard. Survival instincts are hard to ignore.

Jeez, it’s so difficult to explain without too many spoilers!

Why I love this book

  • It’s a story about justice. It has some serious matters to consider. For example, how can you decide if someone’s guilty of something? What does it mean to be guilty? When you break the law? Which law? The law we have written? And what about the crimes that have not taken into consideration by the law we have…?
  • As any of Agatha Christie’s novel, it is very well-written, the clues are given one by one, but still, you can never be sure of the killer until they’re revealed.

Random thoughts

  • A friend told me about this story. She told me actually about the mini-series and not the book. Now I have read the book but still not have seen the episodes. Probably I’ll like the book better anyway…
  • Alternative title: Ten little niggers
  • I’m kind of curious; without having read the book, which one do you believe it’s behind all of this?
  • I was curious about the poem so I searched to find the rhythm. The following video is from the miniseries.

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If you ‘ve already read this, I ‘d like to know how you liked it. If you haven’t and you have questions, ask me and I’ll answer.

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16 comments

  1. I like the impression you give about this one, it seems spooky. Also, I can’t help but be reminded of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau which I loved. I’ll have to check it out for sure, thanks Jenny!

      1. Hey Jenny!

        Great review of this book. I love Dame Christie, but have never heard of this one of her books.

        I love your review and would be getting this book after I am finishing typing here! With all the characters mentioned it reminds me of The Murder on Orient Express!

        Ravi

        1. Thank you very much!
          Yes, this always reminded me of Murder on the Orient Express, because there are lots of characters that are strangers to each other. Usually, it’s not like that!

  2. This sounds like the kind of book I would like, even the films and TV programs I tend to watch I would class as mystery and suspense.

    I would go for Mr Rogers it’s nearly always the butler, plus he had to leave his last job very suspicious if you ask me.

    1. I like the way you’re thinking. I can’t confirm this, though!
      It’s way too much of a spoiler to write who did it, even with SPOILER ALERT.
      Thanks!

  3. I loveddddddd that book, I read it before and enjoy it big time, Agatha Christie is my favorite 🙂

    loved your review!

  4. Your post really makes me want to get back to reading. I loved Agatha Christie books back in high school, so I will definitely have to look this one up! I have a long flight coming up, so maybe I’ll add this to my iPad 🙂

  5. I love how detailed you are with this review. Although I’ve heard this book title pass my ears here and there, I never really paid much attention to what it was about nor was I interested in reading it. However, you’ve caught my attention! I’ll be reading this in the future.

  6. Hey Jenny,

    Thanks for the book review of And Then There Were None. I never read it but watched the movie with Angela Lansbury when I was young. Right now, it is very late and dark where I am so your descriptions of the book are truly disturbing to me. I’ll have to buy it and read it around Halloween time for fun.

    1. You’re welcome. Yes, it’s kind of scary by night. That’s probably why I choose to read it in daylight. 😉

  7. I haven’t read a novel in a long time, and I’ve grown cynical about finding any good tv shows or movies as well. This article has piqued my interest. I know Agatha Christie novels are of good quality and part of that stems from living in a period where there was still some sense of dimension and tradition. Good stories are harder to come by nowadays because what they lack in subtleties, they try to make up with violence or shock. I’ll suspend my cynicism for a while and give her story a try. Heck, what else am I going to do on these lazy summer afternoons?

    1. Well, it looks like you’ll be reading great novels! 😉
      I know what you feel, by the way. 9 out of 10 movies or shows disappoint me in some way. But that one show totally deserves the wait.
      Have fun!

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