Endless Night

Endless Night

by Agatha Christie


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ISBN-13: 9780062073518
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 45,772
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

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, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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Chapter One

In my end is my beginning . . . That's a quotation I've often heard people say. It sounds all right--but what does it really mean?

Is there ever any particular spot where one can put one's finger and say, "It all began that day, at such a time and such a place, with such an incident"?

Did my story begin, perhaps, when I noticed the sale bill hanging on the wall of the George and Dragon announcing sale by auction of that valuable property "The Towers," and giving particulars of the acreage, the miles and furlongs, and the highly idealized portrait of The Towers as it might have been perhaps in its prime, anything from eighty to a hundred years ago.

I was doing nothing particular, just strolling along the main street of Kingston Bishop, a place of no importance whatever, killing time. I noticed the sale bill. Why? Fate up to its dirty work? Or dealing out its golden handshake of good fortune? You can look at it either way.

Or you could say, perhaps, that it all had its beginnings when I met Santonix, during the talks I had with him; I can close my eyes and see his flushed cheeks, the over-brilliant eyes, and the movement of the strong yet delicate hand that sketched and drew plans and elevations of houses. One house in particular, a beautiful house, a house that would be wonderful to own!

My longing for a house, a fine and beautiful house, such a house as I could never hope to have, flowered into life then. It was a happy fantasy shared between us, the house that Santonix would build for me--if he lasted long enough.

A house that in my dream I would live in with the girl that I loved, a house in which just like a child's sillyfairy story we should live together "happy ever afterward.". All pure fantasy, all nonsense, but it started that tide of longing in me--longing for something I was never likely to have.

Or if this is a love story--and it is a love story, I swear--then why not begin where I first caught sight of Ellie standing in the dark fir trees of Gipsy's Acre?

Gipsy's Acre. Yes, perhaps I'd better begin there, at the moment when I turned away from the sale board with a little shiver because a black cloud had come over the sun, and asked a question carelessly enough of one of the locals, who was clipping a hedge in a desultory fashion nearby.

"What's this house, The Towers, like?"

I can still see the queer face of the old man as he looked at me sideways and said,

"That's not what us calls it here. What sort of a name is that?" He snorted disapproval. "It's many a year now since folks lived in it and called it The Towers." He snorted again.

I asked him then what he called it, and again his eyes shifted away from me in his old wrinkled face in that queer way country folk have of not speaking to you direct, looking over your shoulder or round the comer, as it were, as though they saw something you didn't; and he said,

"It's called hereabouts Gipsy's Acre."

"Why is it called that?" I asked.

"Some sort of a tale. I dunno rightly. One says one thing, one says another." And then he went on, "Anyway, it's where the accidents take place."

"Car accidents?"

"All kinds of accidents. Car accidents mainly nowadays. It's a nasty comer there, you see."

"Well," I said, "if it's a nasty curve, I can well see there might be accidents."

"Rural council put up a danger sign, but it don't do no good, that don't. There are accidents just the same."

"Why Gipsy?" I asked him.

Again his eyes slipped past me and his answer was vague.

"Some tale or other. It was gipsies' land once, they say, and they were turned off, and they put a curse on it."

I laughed.

"Aye," he said, "you can laugh, but there's places as is cursed. You smart alecks in town don't know about them. But there's places as is cursed, all right, and there's a curse on this place. People got killed here in the quarry when they got the stone out to build. Old Geordie, he fell over the edge there one night and broke his neck."

"Drunk?" I suggested.

"He may have been. He liked his drop, he did. But there's many drunks as fall-nasty falls-but it don't do them no lasting harm. But Geordie, he got his neck broke. In there," he pointed up behind him to the pine-covered hill, "in Gipsy's Acre."

Yes, I suppose that's how it began. Not that I paid much attention to it at the time. I just happened to remember it. That's all. I think-that is, when I think properly-that I built it up a bit in my mind. I don't know if it was before or later that I asked if there were still any gipsies about there. He said there weren't many anywhere nowadays. The police were always moving them on, he said. I asked,

"Why doesn't anybody like gipsies?"

"They're a thieving lot,." he said disapprovingly. Then he peered more closely at me. "Happen you've got gipsy blood yourself?" he suggested, looking hard at me.

I said not that I knew of. It's true; I do look a bit like a gipsy. Perhaps that's what fascinated me about the name of Gipsy's Acre. I thought to myself as I was standing there smiling back at him, amused by our conversation, that perhaps I had a bit of gipsy blood.

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Endless Night 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this unusual latter-day Christie title Dame Agatha ventures into a field somewhat alein to her: 'the novel of psychological suspense,' not exactly a mystery and not exactly a thriller. I re-read it recently after many years and enjoyed it, especially as it reminded me of some of the early works of another writer I admire tremendously, Ruth Rendell. In ENDLESS NIGHT Christie deftly re-works one of her most famous deceptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is captivating - the sense of doom Christie creates is phenomenal. I couldn't put it down! How anyone wouldn't love this one I don't know. It is very sinister, creepy and actually, at times, scary! Read this one!
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
One of Agatha Christie's best. A bit different than her regular who done it style. A quick, easy read. Couldn't wait to see who the murder was. Thought I had it all figured out but what a surprise at the end. Never saw it coming. The story moves along quickly and the characters are well developed. Highly recommend to those who enjoy a good psychological mystery thriller.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Christie Magic Agatha does it again with another story which leaves you wanting more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the usual Agatha Christie detective story, this was more a psychological thriller or whatever. Those stories usually aren't what I go for but this one was ok. By "ok" I mean there was not anything too explicit or gruesome. Very slow to start but starts to pick up once the reader is acquainted with the characters and things really start to get going. The clues are there all along, including the one big question I had that is only answered by what one learns at the end. Overall, a worthwhile read, especially with it being on sale this month. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is one of the best books I have read. What else can be expected, one if not that best author ever living for mysteries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was really interesting, and impossible to guess the murderer. When the identity was revealed, I was basically screaming with shock. I particularly liked it because it was so different from the usual Christie novel. There was no brilliant mastermind sleuth, and no happy ending. That made it an exciting and unique book for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a hard book for me to understand. I was very lost and bored at the begining, but towards the end of it things began to get interesting. I would have never guessed who the killer was and I was extremely surprised in the end.
alionora on LibraryThing 2 days ago
A lot more sinister than most of Christie's works. It starts off almost dull and very uneventful, but the sense of uneasiness just grows throughout the book, and the twist at the end is brilliant.
arielfl on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This was another read for the Agatha Christie summer reading challenge and my favorite so far, It starts out like a Gothic romance novel and turns into a crime book. I did not see the twist at the end, it was surprising to me. When you think back on the events in the book the clues along the way light up in your brain. I don't want to give too much away and spoil the surprise waiting for the reader at the end. This is short book, around 200 pages. It is worth reading it in one siting to get the full effect.
riverwillow on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The narrator, Michael Rogers, tells us the story of his marriage to Ellie, an American heiress and how they came to build a hose at the cursed Gypsy's Acre. This is very different from Christie's other books, no Miss Marple, Poirot, just a sinister and tragic tale told in simple, poetic prose. Simultaneously lovely and disturbing at the same time.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Great fun, wonderful trek in pursuit of a murderer. As ever, I did not guess correctly. But with Christie, it doesn't matter since the fun is in the journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply Bizarre!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sad. Overshadowed by gloom. Think Gatsby.
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Absolutely LOVE this book. I read a lot of suspense/mystery novels and can usually have a pretty good idea of the who or why but was totally blown away at the ending. Her books are timeless. She is the queen of suspense and always will be. Great character development feel like you know them and understand where they come from. Well worth the time to read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just enough to keep you interested as a Christie fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie is one of my favorites and this is an excellent example of skill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Christie's books, this one is amazing! I don't want to give too much away... but it is a marvelously told tale. The ending is enthrolling and surprising. The type of story that sticks with you long after you have read the last page!
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This is awesome, one of her CREEPIEST!!!!! It also shows how gross some men and women can be. :-p
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