23rd October 2021.
The author’s own note says she wrote this because it was difficult to do and keep it credible. And while the idea does seem far-fetched, it’s so well written and plotted, you happily go along with the story, watching the visitors to Soldier Island die one by one.
It helps that each one of the visitors hides a guilty secret. These are revealed as the deaths continue and those remaining begin to fear for their safety. The suspense and tension is palpable and almost claustrophobic as the visitors fall apart, knowing there is no escape other than self-preservation.
There’s a clever twist, which ultimately explains why the ten were chosen and gathered together for what is an original and ingenuous murder mystery. I’m not sure how or why Agatha Christie had the idea, but she delivered it in style in her usual straightforward and entertaining way.
A classic of the genre.
Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by a mysterious host.
They sit down for dinner and a record begins to play. The voice of their host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. By the end of the night one of them will be dead.
Stranded by a violent storm, they begin to die – one by one.
Each of them is guilty. But who is the killer?