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And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None
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And Then There Were None

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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

One of the most famous and beloved mysteries from the queen of suspense, Agatha Christie!  More than 100 million copies sold and now a Lifetime TV movie.


Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a isolated mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die…

 

Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

Editor's Note

Classic Christie…

Arguably the best mystery story ever written. Ten people — all strangers — are lured to a mansion on a private island. Each person has a criminal history. They share their secrets, and one by one, they die.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperCollins
Release dateMar 17, 2009
ISBN9780061739255
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Started and finished in a day! Just as good as the first time I heard the story and, because I couldn’t remember who the murderer was, it kept me in suspense until the end. It was a fast and easy read. So glad I finally picked this one up!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I had such high expectations after Murder on the Orient Express that I was looking forward to another unconventional whodunnit. Most other reviewers, and perhaps most of its 100 million readers, disagree. They enjoy it for the ingenuity of the plot, or the moral questions raised about how one can dispense justice. On the first point, as I could not connect with any of the characters, I lacked any interest in identifying the murderer. On the second point, the moral question arose in my mind as more of a brief afterthought than a deep analysis.

    What saves this novel, for me, is the surprise ending. The problem is I don't read novels solely for their endings.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    It's been seven years since I last read this and I somehow forgot who did this and it drove me nuts until I got to the end! It's a real windinger of a mystery that you have to be a genius to even begin to solve. Ten strangers are invited to Indian island under "murky" circumstances, they soon found out that their mysterious host Mr. U N Owen (unknown) hasn't bothered to show. Too late they realize that something is afoot and the guests begin to die off one at a time. Whose behind it? Is there someone else on the island? Is it one of them? The deaths get more and more outlandish and they all start to crack. Who would do such a thing? It's dark, deep, and one hell of a mystery. A classic that will never go out of style!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    What a wonderful piece of writing! So simple, yet so complex a plot which kept me guessing and second guessing right to the end. A writer at the very top of her game. I just wonder why I waited so long to read this. Bravo Agatha!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Well-plotted mystery but the writing can be awkward and annoying - especially when the author reveals what the characters are thinking.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I remember reading this a few years back and thinking this was the best mystery novel I've ever read. It still is! Agatha Christie really knew how to write a mystery novel of the ages. You're kept guessing even after the end. And Then There Were None(or previously published as Ten Little Indians) is clever, fun, and creepy. 5/5 would definitely recommend to others.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    My absolute favorite Christie novel. Skillfully woven in the surest of hands, this mystery will keep you guessing.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Another one I read a long time ago -- my grandmother introduced me to Agatha Christie and I probably first read this while in high school. Around the time this edition was published there was a movie version, and so I probably read it again at that time. Lots of suspense and the typical complicated Christie plot. Recommended.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Fresh and entertaining as if written yesterday. Funny and exciting.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    how do i give this book 1000 stars because it is honest to god the best book i've ever read and agatha christie is my favourite author now. she's just. an absolute genius. and this book is the epitome of mindfuckery. now i understand why this is her most popular work. i don't even have words. i read this the way i read every agatha christie book: suspicions changing every 3 seconds all the while waiting to see how wrong i was. and boy was i wrong. i've never been this wrong.
    it was quite morbid in my opinion but for some reason i didn't really mind, and it was also beautiful in a really twisted way. she just has this unique way of writing that i haven't encountered before, it's what makes me love her books so much. and also the emotions she manages to make me feel?? which really shouldn't be a thing because this is mystery. but still it made me emotional. and then it left me speechless.
    now my only question is: is every mystery book like this or is this just her? and also do people ever correctly guess the ending. is that a thing. i mean there must be hints in the book?? i think?? but i just can't imagine how smart you have to be in order to guess it.
    in conclusion, this is my favourite book and i don't think anything will ever top this. and i would urge everyone to read agatha christie like. right now.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Agatha Christie is defininetly one of the best mystery authors out there, and I enjoyed And Then There Were None immensely. The characters, setting, and most importantly the plot were absolutely amazing! I don't know if I would have been able to figure out the murderer was, but I was too captivated by the story to even try, but it was most definitely one fo the most mysterious and captivating novels I've ever read!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Being a book lover and an avid reader, I've obviously heard of Agatha Christie many times. For whatever reason, I was scared to pick up a book from her and read it, but i'm really glad I did. While I didn't love this book, I still really enjoyed it, esp. the concept of the book. I knew once hearing about Gretchen McNeil's retelling of this story, that I needed to read this classic first, to get a full understanding of the re-telling., which I will be reading very shortly to see the similarities and the differences between the two authors, and their different writing styles. Agatha Christie def. has a great writing style, and the characters and the writing were both addictive. I know Agatha is known to be the Queen of Mystery and I guess I wanted more mystery from this story, instead, the ending kinda felt left open and not having a consise and solid answer, but more of a :take what you will" from it kind of resolution, and I had expected and wanted more. I felt like I saw all the twists and turns coming which in my opinion a great mystery makes you think something's going to happen, but then takes you in the complete and opposite direction.I definitely want to read more from Agatha Christie, and like I said, I did enjoy the book, and It was a quick read, I just amped it up to be something that fell a bit short for me in the end.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    One of Christie's best. While reading it, I could not help but think it would make an excellent movie directed by the Coen Brothers.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Seeing the stage production of Ten Little Indians back when I was in Jr. High was my introduction to the whodunit genre, and this story has stuck with me ever since. The book doesn't have the same impact as the play, the writing seems very dated and stodgy, but the intricacy of the plot still shines through.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This book is quintessentially vintage Agatha Christie. It's nearly impossible to guess who the killer is until the very end and the method of choice (how the murders are done) are very original. It can be a little bit difficult to keep up with all of the characters especially as there isn't much development. I actually read the book twice back-to-back and that really helped me make more sense of everything the second time through. It's definitely a good enough read that you won't be bored going back over it again a second time. It's almost even more interesting the second time around once you know what's happening. I don't how she is able to keep the tension so palpable throughout the entire book but keep it she does. It's nearly impossible to put the book down once you've started and I'd challenge anyone to solve the mystery before the final page.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    I found the book contrived and inelegant. We know nothing about the characters who gather on an island for a variety of reasons, some pretty far-fetched. The tension is well maintained, but I don't care about any of the characters. I guess I'm too used to more modern mysteries that develop the characters as they go and give us more motivation.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    'And Then There Were None' is one of Agatha Christie's best books, and definitely one of the best in her collection. The mysterious and suspenseful plot of the novel draws the readers in without a doubt, with Christie's extremely well portrayed characters, and vivid imagery. The chilling atmosphere of this novel will definitely send shivers down your spine, as you become engrossed in this exquisite murder mystery, whilst desperately trying to figure out 'whodunnit'.'And Then There Were None' by the famous Agatha Christie is one of the world's best murder mystery novel of all time. The beautiful yet suspenseful story will keep the reader on the edge all the time. Each character's true personality is shown little by little as they try to hide their stained past and find the culprit hidden among the group of ten guests, stuck on a mansion on a isolated island, chosen by the mysterious U.N. Owen. Agatha with her wild imagination uses the nursery rhyme 'Ten Little Indians' beautifully in this novel. A true connoisseur of mystery novels will definitely become engrossed by this book.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    A couple of friends of mine like to read the ending lines of any novel just for fun before they start reading it. I dare you to do the same with this novel.*

    *Disclaimer - Don't blame me afterwards.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I'm a big lover of Agatha Christie, she has written some fantastic murder mysteries and her stories never get tiring. But this is the one that just comes out on top every time.

    It partly, and quite amusingly, reminds me of that old American murder mystery in Sunset Beach. Basically, they're the only ones on this island and someone is killing them off one by one in accordance with the Ten Little Indians rhyme . And I swear I never saw it coming, and I'm usually very good at it. It's just a very clever novel, full of mystery and suspense and easily quite frightening at times.

    I like how Agatha Christie doesn't have to write a 500 page novel with a massive back story, her mysteries are very simply put together but always clever and hard to decipher. I would recommend this book to everyone.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Fun little mystery to read in between my usual heavy stuff. Despite being emulated hundreds of times by other authors, the original still packs a formidable punch.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Wow, it's been quite a while since I've read any Agatha Christie, and now I'm wondering why! I thoroughly enjoyed And Then There Were None. The plot moved quickly, and the story was suspenseful from beginning to end. I didn't expect the book to end the way it did, but loved the ending!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    i've read so many agatha christie books that it's difficult to remember all the titles and convoluted plots. however, this one in particular i listened to on cd while walking in the woods. i decided to go "off trail." so...lost in the woods when it was dreary and rainy with murder streaming into the ol' ears equals brilliant.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Can anything be said about this book that hasn't already been said a thousand times? It's a classic and it's been given every accolade possible for a mystery novel. It set standards that are almost impossible for other mystery writers to reach. But those kinds of comments can make it seem stuffy and inaccessible. The exact opposite would be true. It's extremely readable, pulls you into it's world immediately and is hugely satisfying in it's conclusion.In case anyone has somehow missed the plot of this book, it's set on a island off the coast of Devon. 10 strangers are invited or hired to be there and when they arrive, their mysterious host in nowhere to be found. Weather prevents them from returning to the mainland and one by one they are murdered until there is no one left. Since everyone is dead, who can possibly be the murderer? This was my first introduction to Agatha Christie. I read it when I was in 5th grade. I bought it through the Scholastic Book program and it is still on my shelf to this day 40 years later. It's the scariest Agatha Christie and it left me scared to walk down the hall in my house when I first read it. I remember my mom calling me to supper when I was in the middle of reading this book and running down the hall to get to the dinner table because I was so spooked by what I had been reading. I've read it at least 10 times since then and I still find myself looking over my shoulder when I do even though I know whodunnit!Whether you're a mystery lover or just a lover of good writing, you have to give this one a try. In my world, it truly is the standard by which all other mysteries are judged.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Wow! Just when I thought Agatha Christie couldn't get any better, I read this! I'm truly in awe with the mystery master :) It's a good thing I read the epilogue and the end note; I admit I don't always do with books, but now I definitely will. Great read!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Ten people who don't know each other are invited by a Mr. Owen to spend their holidays on an island where there is nothing but a big mansion. After dinner a recording say them that in fact they are there to pay fot crimes they did in the past. The accusations are well-founded and unable to leave the house, the guests are being killed off one by one in mysterious murder.