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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. ...
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth George
“What Agatha Christie taught me was all about the delicate placement of the red herring. She was the ultimate genius behind ‘by indirections shall we find directions out.’ ”
New Statesman (UK)
“There is no cheating; the reader is just bamboozled in a straightforward way from first to last….The most colossal achievement of a colossal career. The book must rank with Mrs. Christie’s previous best—on the top notch of detection.”
The Observer (UK)
“One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies.”
Daily Herald (UK)
“The most astonishingly impudent, ingenious and altogether successful mystery story since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.”
Time magazine
“One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day.”
New York Times
“The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written.”
Time Magazine
"One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312979478
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.64 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

Reading Group Guide

Teacher's Guide
"One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day." -- Time

To the Teacher
Among the most famous and widely praised mystery novels ever written, And Then There Were None is as suspenseful today as it was when it first appeared sixty years ago. Agatha Christie produced scores of books during her long career, and this brisk, unique, and intriguing novel is considered one of her masterpieces. Since its initial publication, it has been adapted at least six times for stage and screen -- including a 1944 Broadway play with a script by Christie, as well as several later treatments for television and film, one as recent as 1989. And Then There Were None, in other words, is a story that continues to perplex, frighten, and captivate each new generation, a classic tale of suspense and suspicion that appeals even to those who do not usually read mysteries.

This novel concerns a group of ten strangers who have all been invited by a Mr. U. N. Owen to spend a brief vacation at a small, somewhat secluded island off the coast of Devon, England. At Indian Island, as their destination is called, the ten individuals are meant to enjoy room and board in Mr. Owen's luxurious home, eight of them staying as his guests and the other two as his servants. But matters quickly and permanently worsen when these ten guests reach the island, gather at the Owen mansion, meet one another, and then realize that not one of them has ever seen or communicated with Mr. Owen in person. Who is their mysterious host, and why has he assembled all of them on Indian Island?

Although his identity remains a riddle -- the name "U. N. Owen" is merely a code for "Unknown," as the characters eventually discover -- the host's reasons for assembling these ten people are made fearfully clear in chapter 3. At this point, a message is played on the mansion's phonograph (per Mr. Owen's earlier, written instructions) in which an eerie, anonymous "high clear voice" methodically, individually, and specifically accuses every one of the newly arrived Indian Island visitors of murder. And then, for the remainder of the narrative, the ten stranded guests are killed by an unknown assassin, one by one. . . .

Praise for And Then There Were None
"The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery that Agatha Christie has ever written, and if any other writer has ever surpassed it for sheer puzzlement the name escapes our memory." -- The New York Times

"[This book is] the most colossal achievement of a colossal career. . . . Must rank with Christie's best [at] the top notch of detection." -- The New Statesman and Nation

"Smart as anything . . . you'll have to hand it to Miss Christie." -- The New Yorker

"Christie's masterpiece." -- The Spectator

Preparing to Read
This Teacher's Guide is primarily divided into two sections, both of which appear immediately below. The first, "Following and Understanding the Story," is meant to help students with reading comprehension, narrative appreciation, plot adherence, and related matters. "Questions and Exercises for the Class," the second section, aims to allow students to think more freely or comparatively about this novel -- creatively expanding or elaborating on their ideas about the book -- in a classroom setting or as part of an independent project. A supplementary section, "Other Readings and Resources," is offered by way of conclusion.

Following and Understanding the Story
1.Who is U. N. Owen? What do we learn about him in the novel's opening pages?

2. Where does this story take place? Describe the primary setting of And Then There Were None with as much detail as possible. How and why is Indian Island so important to the narrative?

3. Identify the ten guests who have been invited to Indian Island, giving their names and backgrounds. Did any of these individuals -- when you first encountered them in the introductory Cast of Characters, or in the following pages -- strike you as especially sinister? Threatening? Harmless? If so, state which one(s) and explain why.

4. Describe the poem Vera Claythorne finds on display above the mantel in her bedroom (in chapter 2). What kind of poem is it? How are the poem's meaning and imagery changed by its context in this novel? How does it relate to the centerpiece of small china figures that first appears in the subsequent dinner scene (in chapter 3)? And how does this poem relate to the larger plot or structure of the novel?

5. In chapter 3, the ten guests are gathered for their after-dinner coffee when suddenly an "inhuman, penetrating" voice begins to speak to them, one which has been prerecorded on a phonograph record. What exactly does "The Voice" accuse each guest of doing?

6. Who dies at the end of chapter 4? Look again at the victim's last words, and then explain the irony or black comedy of this particular murder, given these final comments.

7. In part 5 of chapter 5 we learn the following about General Macarthur: "He knew, suddenly, that he didn't want to leave the island." Why do you think he knows this? Provide as many reasons as you can. What is the general going through? Describe his state of mind -- what it is, and what it might be.

8. How does Mrs. Rogers meet her demise in chapter 6? And why does Mr. Blore immediately suspect that Mrs. Rogers was killed by her husband, the butler? Explain Mr. Blore's accusation, pointing out its strengths and shortcomings.

9. In part 3 of chapter 7, Mr. Lombard and Dr. Armstrong discuss the two deaths that have occurred thus far. Why do they conclude that both deaths must have been acts of murder? How does this conclusion relate to the absence of Mr. Owen? And why do Mr. Lombard and Dr. Armstrong then agree to enlist Mr. Blore in their search mission? What and where do they plan to search?

10. Reread the last sentence of chapter 8. Identify the possible as well as the inevitable implications of this last sentence -- for the plot of this novel and the fate of its characters. What sort of threshold has been crossed, and how is the story different from this point on?

11. After the murdered body of General Macarthur is discovered, the seven remaining characters participate in an informal yet serious court session to "establish the facts" of what has transpired since their arrival at Indian Island. Who is the leader of this parlor-room inquest? Does this appointment seem fitting? Why or why not? In light of the novel's ending, why is the identity of the leader in this scene ironic? Also, how do the other six characters react to this leader's questions and conclusions? And how do they react to one another's accusations? In your view, who seemed most likely to be guilty at this point in the narrative, and who seemed most likely to be innocent?

12. In part 4 of chapter 10 we encounter Miss Emily Brent at work on her diary. She seems to be nodding off while sitting at the window and writing in her notebook. "The pencil straggled drunkenly in her fingers," we read. "In shaking loose capitals she wrote: THE MURDERER'S NAME IS BEATRICE TAYLOR. . . . Her eyes closed. Suddenly, with a start, she awoke." What do you make of this passage? What does it mean? Why would Miss Brent jot down such a statement? Think about what you have learned of Miss Brent's background, mentality, spiritual outlook, and idea of right and wrong when answering these questions.

13. As chapter 11 begins, what is different about the arrangement of the china figure Indians in the dining room? How many are now in the table's centerpiece -- and what does this number tell you? How has Mr. Rogers been killed? At the end of this chapter, everyone is having a hearty breakfast, being "very polite" as they address one another, and "behaving normally" in all other ways. Does this make sense to you? Explain why or why not. What else is going on? Reread the conclusion of chapter 11 and then comment on the thoughts and fears these characters are experiencing.

14. How is Miss Brent murdered, and why is Dr. Armstrong immediately suspected of committing this crime? What telltale item in the doctor's possession turns up missing? And what item originally in Mr. Lombard's possession also disappears?

15. Five people are still alive as chapter 13 begins. In the second paragraph, we read: "And all of them, suddenly, looked less like human beings. They were reverting to more bestial types." Explain this behavior, and provide several examples of it by referring to the text of the novel. Is this similar to how you yourself would behave if placed in this horrific situation? Explain why or why not.

16. Earlier in the narrative, both a ball of gray wool and a red shower curtain suddenly go missing. How and where do these items reappear? At the end of chapter 13, Mr. Lombard exclaims, "How Edward Seton would laugh if he were here! God, how he'd laugh!" Identify the implied, potential, and literal meanings of this "outburst [that] shocked and startled the others."

17. The narrative of And Then There Were None seems to become more detailed -- more carefully descriptive and deliberately paced -- as it draws to a close. In chapter 14, for instance, we encounter extended interior monologues involving Miss Claythorne and ex-Inspector Blore. Why do you suppose the author begins to focus on her characters in this way, and at this moment in the tale? What do we learn from the private thoughts of these two characters? How do their ideas and impressions in chapter 14 advance the story?

18. What happens to Dr. Armstrong? How and when does he disappear? How is Mr. Blore murdered, and why do Miss Claythorne and Mr. Lombard suspect that Dr. Armstrong is Mr. Blore's killer? Also, when you reached the point where Miss Claythorne and Mr. Lombard are the only two characters remaining, which one did you think was the murderer? Or did you suspect someone else? Use quotes from the novel to support your answers. Finally, who kills Philip Lombard? And who, ultimately, is responsible for the death of Vera Claythorne?

19. Look again at the book's Epilogue. Who are the detectives in charge of solving these crimes? Are they able to come up with any answers? Evaluate their success, identifying the points on which they are correct and those on which they are incorrect in their reconstruction of the events on Indian Island.

20. Who is the murderer? How is his or her identity revealed? And who is the mysterious Mr. Owen? Were you satisfied with the novel's conclusion? And were you surprised by it? Did you, as a reader and an armchair detective, find the ending fully credible and plausible? Did the murderer's "confession" seem fitting and appropriate to you? Explain your answers.

Questions and Exercises for the Class
1. And Then There Were None is generally seen as one of the best mystery novels ever published. What are the clues in this mystery? What are the red herrings?

2. Consider the many narrative hooks in this novel -- that is, the abrupt endings in several of the chapters (and parts of chapters) that feature a shocking note or detail that compels you to keep reading. How effective did you find these hooks? Was this book easy for you to read and understand, or did you find it difficult in any way? Justify your answers.

3. What is a motive? (Distinguish between the words motive and motivation. Consult a dictionary, if necessary.) What motives, if any, did each of the ten guests have for committing these horrible murders?

4. Who is telling the story of And Then There Were None? Did the tone, voice, or language employed by the narrator make the tale more frightening to you? Explain.

5. Think a bit more about how this story is told, especially its remarkable plot. What are the inherent problems a storyteller might encounter in killing off all of his or her main characters one by one? And what are the problems an author might face in basing his or her plot on a familiar nursery rhyme? Does Christie successfully avoid these problems? Defend your answer.

6. Which one of the killings depicted in the novel seemed especially accurate or believable to you, and which one seemed especially incredible or fantastic? As an exercise in creative writing, rewrite the former murder so that it is less realistic, and then rewrite the latter so that it is less far-fetched.

7. Discuss the depiction of group psychology in this novel, looking in particular at the scenes mentioned in questions 11, 13, and 15 above. Are there any other scenes where events or ideas are altered or influenced by how the characters interact with one another? Also, does the dynamic of group psychology in this novel strike you as realistic, frenzied, contrived, simplified, or otherwise? Explain your view with the aid of textual references. And were there moments when you as a reader thought the characters were acting in ways such as you yourself would have acted? If so, explain. If not, how and why would you have behaved differently?

8. The genre known as crime and mystery writing actually contains many fascinating variations and subcategories, among them detective novels, true crime accounts, police procedurals, and potboiler suspense stories. On your own, conduct some research -- at your local library, in an encyclopedia, or on the Internet -- and find out as much as you can about the many different kinds of mystery writing that have been invented. Then look again at And Then There Were None and try to label precisely what kind of mystery it is.

9. Sometimes a reader of "whodunits" (as mysteries are often called) will encounter what is known as a "locked room mystery," which can be loosely defined as a story consisting of a riddle or puzzle that cannot be solved without paradoxically altering the very details, parameters, or "rules" of the story itself. Did this novel ever seem like a "locked room mystery" to you, especially as its conclusion drew nearer, or as you read the Epilogue? Explain.

10. As an independent exercise, compose an alternative ending for And Then There Were None. That is, reimagine and then rewrite the story's conclusion, providing an alternative identity for the murderer as well as a new and wholly different set of motives for his or her actions.

Other Readings and Resources
As mysteries have been always been a favorite form of entertainment, and as And Then There Were None is considered one of history's finest mystery novels, there are countless examples of books, stories, plays, and films that invite comparison with Agatha Christie's novel. A fine place to start in this regard is, of course, Christie's own vast catalog. Any of the following Christie novels could be compared or contrasted with And Then There Were None in telling and enlightening ways: The ABC Murders, Crooked House, Death on the Nile, Lord Edgware Dies, The Moving Finger, The Murder at the Vicarage, A Murder Is Announced, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder on the Orient Express, Ordeal by Innocence, and A Pocket Full of Rye.

Teachers wishing to introduce their students to other classic writings of the crime and mystery genre would do well to assign works by Arthur Conan Doyle, who created in Sherlock Holmes literature's most celebrated detective. Several novels and short-story collections featuring the ever-popular Holmes are in print and available everywhere. Likewise the fiction of Edgar Allen Poe, who is generally thought to have invented the detective story. Other useful, instructive classics in this field include (but are by no means limited to) The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens, Knight's Gambit by William Faulkner, and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The novels of "hardboiled" masters Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett are also recommended, as well as contemporary bestsellers by Dick Francis, Sue Grafton, P. D. James, and Robert B. Parker.

Various other media might also prove rewarding for those students who discover in Christie's novel an unknown taste for mysteries old and new. Teachers are encouraged to be creative when looking for TV shows, films, and other phenomena that might stand as echoes or updates of -- or perhaps new twists on -- the basic And Then There Were None pattern (a familiar stranded-amidst-an-unknown-assailant paradigm that turns up in popular culture fairly often). A few such materials might include Clue, the board game that has been popular for generations; the scary and teenager-friendly series of Scream movies; and even "Survivor," the recent and enormously successful television phenomenon. The relation of any of these constructs to the plot or personae of Christie's classic tale would be a solid starting point for all students interested in such extracurricular research and inquiry.

About the Author
Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) wrote over seventy detective novels, many of which feature her immortal sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote plays and short stories over the course of a remarkable and highly influential career.

Scott Pitcock, who wrote this Teacher's Guide, lives and works in New York City.

And Then There Were None Teacher's Guide Copyright © 2001 by Holtzbrinck Publishers

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    This book is awesome!

    Eight strangers were invited in an isolated island by a mysterious couple. As they reached the isolated island, they found a house but found no one except for a butler and his wife. But where are the couple who invited them? Until during dinner, they heard a mysterious voice accusing all of them, including the butler and his wife, that they are all murderers! Until one by one, they start to die...

    I love the characters. The plot and the settings are also awesome! The twists are awesome, too! It is very suspenseful and thrilling. It is also a bit scary. The ending is very surprising!

    Agatha Christie is my favorite author.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

    Agatha Christie is my bffl!!!!!!!!!!

    And Then There Were None is undoubtedly Agatha Christie's most popular piece of literature ever written. With some insane number of millions of copies sold worldwide, the British author became a major name in the genre of mystery. While the beginning of the story is a bit mundane and lacks the suspense that is abundant in the chapters to come, readers should not be discouraged and continue to read past this brief piece of boringness in order to savor the rest of the emotion drenched and suspenseful novel. Kudos to Ms. Christie. To anyone who so much as enjoyed this book, I reccomend The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side, another tale by Agatha Christie. It has a voice much different than that of And Then There Were None's, but all of the rich, classic, and enigmatic nature of the the latter.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    an amazing thriller that i can read over and over again and not get bored!!!

    I saw the play to this book before I read it and I still got chills reading it. When Agatha Christie explained these characters I could picture them extremely easily. It was like a picture being painted before my eyes. You could tell that in this book she put major thought into her characters. Like there personalities and how they would act around people and just the thoughts in their heads when certain things happened. It was truly amazing. Some of the characters in the book reminded me of the people that I have met throughout my life. Like Philip Lombard is like the laid back "cool" guy that cares more about his reputation than anything else and likes to be portrayed as the "bad boy." Tony Marston the young heart throb that all the girls wants to go out with or just wishes he would give them the time of day and he knew he was like that so milked it for all it was worth. Mr. Blore the happy go lucky spirit. I am positive that anybody could find a relation to at least one of the characters in the story, no matter who you are. The story has some amazing twists that you would never expect. Just when you think you have solved the mystery because all the signs point to someone a curve ball is thrown in like they die or something random. This is definitely a thriller book. It's and ending you would not suspect in a million years. This book barely has any dull spots you are always at the edge of your seat wondering who's going to die next? Who is really the killer? Is there more than one killer? Will I ever find out who this person is? Will anyone ever find them? Why doesn't help ever come? Most of those answers you won't find at the end of the book, you have to read the epilogue. The epilogue answers so many questions it even shares how the killer got away with all of its work and how it found all those "innocent" people. This book really makes you think about life. It makes you wonder if you could really trust the people around you. It really makes you wonder if people are always what they appear to be, if they are hiding something. I guess we will never know but I do know that And Then There Were None is by far one of the greatest mystery book I have ever read in y life.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

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    Great!

    This is one of my absolute favorite books! Very good and suspenseful. But maybe it's just me who can't figure it out before the ending, lol.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    And Then There Were None

    This book starts with ten strangers invited to the well-known Indian Island by a U N Owen. In all of the guest¿s rooms, there is a poem called `Ten Little Indians¿. All of the guests then go down to dinner. A record on the gramophone says each of the guests is guilty of a murder. The guests then slowly begin to die, after telling the truth about the recording. Not only do they die, but the deaths follow a pattern. The people on the island then try to figure out who is the murderer. This book is full of mystery and suspense. I recommend it, even for people who don¿t normally read mystery books. It will keep you turning pages until the end.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Awesome, could not put it down.

    If it wasn't for work, I would have stayed up all night reading it... One of my favorites. Sometimes it's nice to sit and read something that's not always blood, guts and CSI stuff... a great read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    My fav mystery book ever!

    My fav mystery book ever!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    This was my first Agatha Christie book. I was always intimidate

    This was my first Agatha Christie book. I was always intimidated thinking her books were hard to follow. Not at all. I really enjoyed it. Characters were easy to follow, yet mysterious in their own ways. I will be buying more by Ms. Christie.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    Greatest Mystery Book

    This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It is the quintessential mystery by renowned author Agatha Christie. In it, ten people are stranded on an island and slowly start getting picked off. They must band together to figure out who is the mastermind behind this plot. Full of twists and surprises, the ending is one of the greatest I have ever seen.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    This book is great!!!

    I got this on my nook. I think that the way Christie plans the whole thing out is spectacular. The plot of the story os that ten people arrive on an island, with no idea of where or who their employer is.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Amazing

    This book is fantastic its one of the most facinating mysterious book i have ever read. This is probably one of the most mysterious books agatha christie has wrote.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    To: feb.5 2013

    Don't spoil it!!!! If u do want to spoil it, the least u can do is write spoil alert as your headline!! That way if someone hasn't read or finished the book, they can decide to spoil it for themselves or not!! And by the way, i think u meant to write killer, not "kilker"!!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Best Agatha Christie Novel

    This is not for immature readers. It has an extremely complex plot with twists and turns around every corner. Its thought provoking and really shows how skilled Agatha Christie is. It kept me on edge the entire novel and caused some sleepless nights. Truely a masterpiece and must read for any true mystery fan.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    My Review

    I have read several Christie books and this one is by far my favorite! Unlike most books, this one was suspenseful throughout and kept my attention. I have to say, this book is much like the movie or board game CLUE. It has an amazing ending and I reccomend it highly.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

    Agatha Christie's Best

    There aren't many original words left to review this book- it's nearly pointless to try. So, I will be thoroughly unoriginal: Read the book! (Over 3oo hundred people have told you to before me.)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Great

    Im in 7th grad nd my C.A teacher is making us read this book nd its really good i thought i woodnt like it butits great for all ages

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Giving up on it.

    I have tried many times to read this book and have failed each and every one. I find the writting to be dull and sometimes hard to follow. As for the story, well I can't comment since I haven't read it through. It does seem to drag along though. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and feel I wasted my money.

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    I am afraid that I didn't tell you, before. I am one of the

    I am afraid that I didn't tell you, before. I am one of the HUGEST fans of Agatha Christie. I have read almost 6 books of hers. Three of them, I have read more than twice. She is a true writing goddess. It is still IMPOSSIBLE to believe that she was able to write so MANY novels, and none of them are replicates of each other. May her soul rest in peace... Writing this review is REALLY confusing, since the book contains of SO MANY characters.
    Mr. Justice Wargrave, Mr. MacArthur, Mr. Marston, Mr. Blore, Mr. Lombard, Mr. Rogers, Mrs. Rogers, Ms. Brint, Ms. Vera, and Dr. Armstrong are all invited to the mansion of Indian Island in Devon. Each one of them has been invited based on a different reason. They don't know each other at all, but one thing they all have in common is: They were all invited by one man, named U. N. Owen.
    When they arrive on the island, things start to get creepy. Mr. Owen and Ms. Owen have not arrived yet. When the 10 guests decide to rest, they find out that there is the nursery rhyme "10 little Indian Boys" hanged over all the fireplaces in each of their bedrooms. And in the evening, a voice on the gramophone accuses each one of them of killing somebody. And the voice knows the EXACT date of each murder.
    The 10 guests are not scared yet. Tomorrow they can leave the island on the boat. But when tomorrow is here, they realize that the boat is not coming at all. Things start to get deadly. Someone is killing them, one by one in the style of the nursery rhyme "10 little Indian boys". They are all starting to get mad. They should find a way to leave the island, because the only other choice is getting killed...
    Who is the killer? Have these 10 people really killed somebody, in some stage in their lives, knowingly or not? Find out when you read this horribly-scary story of justice-seekers, secrets, and survival, And Then There Were None.
    This story was REALLY scary. I had a really hard time trying to find the killer. No matter how much I guessed, it always turned out wrong, WAY wrong. I got SO frustrated. And when I finally found out, I was like "WHAT? WHO? SERIOUSLY?" It was totally, utterly UNEXPECTED. I am sure that the shock registered on the faces of people who read this is exactly what Agatha Christie was hoping for.
    I love how the plot played out. I love thrillers and mysteries. The joy of finding out who is behind something, is truly one of a kind. Don't you think? If you want a scary read, that you will NOT be able to put down until the LAST page, then And Then There Were None is the one for you, and you, especially you...

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2010

    And Then There Were None

    And Then There Were None
    By: Agatha Christie
    Reviewed by Katie

    The mysterious U.N. Owen, a murderous, crazy, psychotic, unknown person intentionally invites 10, somewhat guilty people, of murder, people that the law didn't recognize as killers, to his/her house. Each one of them unknowing of the fate they were walking head-on in to, accepted the invitation to a big mansion on the lonely Indian Island. Slowly each of them was murdered according to an old Indian nursery poem. But who is the murderer?

    The writing style of this book was very interesting to me. In every chapter there were smaller chapters that focused on one single person's perspective. With this style you were able to understand and perceive things through that certain persons eyes. I think at the beginning of the book its was very confusing because you had absolutely no idea who these people were and you weren't used to seeing things the way the do, you didn't know their personalities. I t was also confusing because there was so many guy characters. It was easy to keep the two girls strait but very hard for the boys because after awhile all of their names seemed similar and they all act alike.

    I liked this book. I recommend you read this if you are into the mysterious murder stories also I would recommend young kids don't read it because of the violence.

    I rate this book three stars out of five.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    A Mysterious Book That's Full of Surprises

    Do you ever feel scared? Watched? Enclosed in a black sheet of darkness? Does it ever frighten you? Well then, And Then There Was None would definitely frighten you even more. If you like books that make you have shivers down your spine, this is a book that suits you personality spectacularly. This book was written by the intelligent Agatha Christie, the writer who has millions reading. She has also written other splendid books such as ¿Death on the Nile¿ and ¿Evil Under the Sun.¿<BR/> Mr. Blore, Emily Brent, Vera Claythorne, Dr. Armstrong, Anthony Marston, Justice Wargrave, Philip Lombard, General Macarther, and Mrs. an Mr. Rogers arrive at Indian Island, with the feel of fright upon them. Vera Claythorne, the smart and delicate one, comes across a mysterious poem lying in her room, hiding a mystery everyone's attempting to solve. Even Lombard is trying. Lombard is a dynamic character, changing his moves to what's on his mind that second. When Jutsice Wargrave has the witnesses reveal answers, one by one each suspect disappears, giving fright to anyone who's struggling to keep alive... Who will live? Who will die? Who will be the murderer? Who will save them all? Read to find out...<BR/> <BR/> Who knows what books are creeping behind you...It's a book that will suit 10 and up... the perfect thing to use on a rainy night cuddled beneath the covers. Anyone should read it. If you also enjoy Stephen King's books, this will also be a new book that all your friends and yourself will adore.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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