And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I was first introduced to And Then There Were None by one of my favorite English teachers. She told me that it was a great read for someone my age. I was very skeptical at first only because I wasn’t used to reading mystery/suspence novels. I am so glad I did.

 

Ten Little Indians

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys traveling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law,
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
On got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

 

The books starts of with inviting 10 people with “records” to an island. Anthony Marston, Ethel Rogers, Gen. John Macarther, Thomas Rogers, Emily Brent, Lawerence Wargrave, Edward Armstrong, William Blore, Philip Lombard, and Vera Claythorne all think they are going on a vacation with a friend which wrote to each of them. Soon when they get to the island, they all realize that there must be a mistake. Everyone gathers together in the living room when a mysterious recording goes off. “Mr. Owens” calls out everyone’s name and the crime they did. At first, everyone thinks its a joke. They all ask to leave. It’s that night when the first murder occurs. The guestes  freak out when the nusery rhyme, Ten Little Indians, begins occuring in the murders. Each guest becomes fearful that they’ll be next.

The book was originally named Ten Little Indians, but was later changed. I haven’t read many thriller books but honestly, I loved it. Now to be fair, I was afraid to sleep in pitch black dark and terribly scared of nursery rhymes for a while after I read the novel, but anythings for a good story, right?

I give this book a 9.5/10. I think everyone should read this interesting story. The ending is the very best part. I will defintely be reading more from this author in the near future. I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Readings!

-Maddie

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