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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Into The Water by Paula Hawkins |Mini Book Review| British Crime Classics Challenge|

Hey BookLovers!

July hasn’t been a great reading month and even though thats no excuse to not stay active on the blog, amongst other things I didn’t get the motivation to check out all your posts and for that I do feel bad. Thriller genre has taken a toll on me and I don’t think I want to read it for a while. My first love will always be fantasy but it takes time to read it and spend so much time with the books which I no longer have especially in this fast paced social media. But I am finally going to give attention to Fantasy with just five months left for the year end. 

I had participated in the monsoon readathon this month which I had to leave abruptly as I caught fever and I honestly started feeling stuck reading the books I was. I needed change. These two are the only books I managed to read for the readathon before I had to stop. Thankfully one of them doubled up for the BCCC as well. Am currently on a reading break but I am hoping to start reading by August 1st week. I hope your July was better than mine.


And Then There Were None is about a group of ten people who receive an anonymous letter inviting them to Soldier Island. The ten of them are strangers and have only a vague recollection or association with the one who has invited them. Once they reach the island, the owners themselves are missing, with only two staff to attend them, who themselves have never met their employee. By dinner time the same day they receive an ominous announcement of some moral mistakes they have committed to others in their life and that they are each guilty of the same. Nervous and scared, they all want to leave Soldier Island immediately only to be cut off from the island due to the storm, their worry is increased when one of the guests dies before the night is over. With no outside communication and guests dying one by one, what will happen to those left alive?

I haven’t read that many Christie books. From the few I have read, I did like her writing style and some of the stories are really good. But this one just didn’t impress me. I read it as its voted as one of her best and yet having read so many whodunnit over the years, I found this book to be lacking in suspense, motivation and over all arc to the characters. I was surprised all the characters die, which is not a spoiler as its mentioned in the start of the book by the author herself why she had to do it. There is almost a supernatural element which too is curbed as soon as we begin to sense it. With so many characters, one could either layer the story with it or we miss caring for any one of them which is what happened to me. The worst part is the ending. I could deal with an unexplained ending but the murderer’s confession was just blah. The reader has no sense of involvement in the story which is what really bugged me. Am still searching for the Christie book I can say I loved.


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A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

I will be honest – I was in a hurry to finish this book. One because I had only two days dedicated to reading one book for the readathon for a total of 5 in ten days. Hence I cant summarise this book on my own cause I just breezed through the book as quick as I can. Yet, the book was very weird and had almost like a new age spiritual vibe to it. Just like the title you are immersed in the world of these characters that nothing is clear cut, everything is vague. Again, there are multiple characters and multiple POVs, a lot of times I was lost on who some of the characters were but thats my fault, yet it did feel cluttered. There were three storylines going on parallelly and I wondered why I had to chose this book to read from them all. But there is character development and backgrounds which makes sense though you really cant care for the first half. But I cut through the noise and by the end I was mostly satisfied with the book. Definitely a slow burner.


 

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6 thoughts on “And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Into The Water by Paula Hawkins |Mini Book Review| British Crime Classics Challenge|

  1. An interesting take yours is on And Then There Were None. To each his own, I suppose, but I am sure other books that you read that did include “suspense, motivation” looked up to this novel by Christie as their inspiration and “motivation”, not to mention that this book’s ending is considered to be the greatest of all times in mystery literature.

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