First, there were ten a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate For each has been marked for murder A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion Ten little boys went out to dine One choked his little self and then there were nine Nine little boys sat up very late One overslept himself and then there were eight Eight little boys traveling in Devon One said he d stay there then there were seven Seven little boys chopping up sticks One chopped himself in half and then there were six Six little boys playing with a hive A bumblebee stung one and then there were five Five little boys going in for law One got in Chancery and then there were four Four little boys going out to sea A red herring swallowed one and then there were three Three little boys walking in the zoo A big bear hugged one and then there were two Two little boys sitting in the sun One got frizzled up and then there was one One little boy left all alone He went out and hanged himself and then there were none When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts One by one they fall prey Before the weekend is out, there will be none Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme And who will be left to tell the tale Only the dead are above suspicion


10 thoughts on “And Then There Were None

  1. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    There is scarcely any comfort to be found in this book, only an ancient, arcane horror The story is a vast underwater cavern, where nothing flows and nothing ebbs and all is as dark and still as the grave Even my most harrowing nightmares would have never conjured such a soul fearing tale And Then There Were None was uncomfortable as it lodged itself in the darkest corner of my mind The questions it asks and the implications it conceals are still twining up my legs like a barbed vine I like There is scarcely any comfort to be found in this book, only an ancient, arcane horror The story is a vast underwater cavern, where nothing flows and nothing ebbs and all is as dark and still as the grave Even my most harrowing nightmares would have never conjured such a soul fearing tale And Then There Were None was uncomfortable as it lodged itself in the darkest corner of my mind The questions it asks and the implications it conceals are still twining up my legs like a barbed vine I liked this book but it honestly isn t an experience I m keen on revisiting So, what s this book about In And Then There Were None s nightmarish tableau, ten people are summoned as house guests to a remote island by a Mr and Mrs U.N Owen The guests assembled trade stiff dialogue over dinner and cocktails while musing about the celebrity of the island and puzzling about their hosts tardiness.The whimsy of the moment, however, ebbs away when a disembodied message blaring from a gramophone tallies, in vivid and mordant detail, their unpunished crimes The house occupants astonishment quickly turns to horror their faces wheeling from the shallows to the depths of terror when shortly after, they all embark on the ghastly business of being murdered, one by one per the instructions of a horrid nursery rhyme.Memories of their misdeeds, which used to be a distant and blurry thing, suddenly come into a sharp, lurid focus Death runs rampant with his bloody scythe on Soldier Island Each creak and groan is a hunter stalking them, each flutter of wind its breath, close against their necks This is their sentence coming to retrieve them Be sure thy sin will find thee out Agatha Christie, an extraordinarily good writer, digs with bright, horrible relish into an exhilarating, unsettling and ingeniously constructed story that relentlessly yanks the brain as it pitilessly disorients the heart She plays the reader with the delicacy and finesse of an expert angler, and doesn t allow you a moment to dig in your heels and stop where you were, just for a while, just long enough to get a better idea of what s ahead The experience of reading this book is akin to walking through a nightmare I could not orient myself, did not know north from south My heart was a fistful of thunder, my mind a whirl pool of possibilities eachterrible than the last The not knowing was like a splinter in my mind And as I was tracing the implications of every new revelation, my small, sickly faith was eroding.And Then There Were None is not a light read it is, in fact, unrelentingly harrowing The hermetic, creepy atmosphere of Soldier Island makes a thriving black petri dish of foreboding and distortion And as each of the characters haunting pasts come to light and as their secrets swell to bursting, the book becomesandpage turning But what appears to be a thriller is something farperilous Christie imbues the story with a well observed psychological depth that holds its own fascination The surface, of course, is arresting, but the harder you think the further you go, and it keeps on gettingproductive The mind is an imperfect engine that does what it will with the information it receives But what happens when fear, true fear, takes hold of it and scours out all else When it becomes fractured and wild, crowded with the images of your most torturous evils What happens when your flimsy attempts at exonerating yourself and asserting some kind of spurious decency no longer stand up under the glaring attacks of guilt Each of the ten guests is a mirror, from which there s no escape, reflecting their monstrosity back at each other And this book is, in many senses, an invitation to take a long, hard look at one s own self in the mirror It is also a forensic examination of remorse the kind that is sharp enough to slice a man off his shadows The truth of it eventually draws blood, and when it does, it isn t a clean cut The truth of it hurts jagged Crime is terribly revealing Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions This is, further, a portrait of a psychopath whose beguiling trappings conceal a being watchful, capricious, and heartless They are the author of this horrendous drama a madman of the most blatant kind who suffers an unconquerable confederation of self righteousness and depravity But what is most frightening is not the depth of their evil, but how cold it runs Are humans really capable of being this infatuated with the blood and groaning of the theatrics of murder None of these characters are, of course, the kind of people you want to roll the red carpet for, but does anyone really deserve this The questions this book asks are grim and land too hard to catch but it doesn t make this book s dizzying journey less than worthwhile.If there s a flaw running through And Then There Were None, it s that Christie maintains a respectful distance from her characters, and at times, that distance runs toward dryness I think a bitpoison in the pen would have helped in drawing out the characters, some of whom don t entirely step into the page before, y know, they start dropping like flies.Overall, however, And Then There Were None is a highly readable murder mystery and a provocative, pitch black psychological thriller that will be hard to forget BLOG TWITTER INSTAGRAM TUMBLR


  2. Kinga Kinga says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Before I begin I would like to apologise for my use of the N word in this review It is necessary, I promise.This book was originally published in UK under a charming title of Ten Little Niggers When it came to the US version in the 40 s someone decided that Ten Little Niggers is not the most marketable title for a book so they changed it to Ten Little Indians still a highly questionable choice Only years after someone decided that neither Niggers , nor Indians is a fortunate choice Before I begin I would like to apologise for my use of the N word in this review It is necessary, I promise.This book was originally published in UK under a charming title of Ten Little Niggers When it came to the US version in the 40 s someone decided that Ten Little Niggers is not the most marketable title for a book so they changed it to Ten Little Indians still a highly questionable choice Only years after someone decided that neither Niggers , nor Indians is a fortunate choice of words for the title so it was changed to And Then There Were None the last line of the nursery rhyme which in this new version was called Ten Boy Soldiers.I m glad this is version we get to read now as it would make for an uncomfortable reading otherwise Christie originally made the setting to be the N Island how did Christie want to pull this off N Island off the Devon coast Really How Unlike, say Mark Twain, Christie s use of the word is completely gratuitous and unnecessary The premise, I am sure you know, is this ten people end up cut off from the world on a tiny island One of them is a murderer and people keep dying as in the nursery rhyme Every person on the island has a secret and is guilty of a murder It s the kind of murder where law is helpless Nothing can be proven This is why they found themselves on that island, at the mercy of a prototype Jigsaw madman who decided justice must be done.The premise requires the structure of the novel to be very organised and clean cut I felt that it was only right for me to approach the reading of it in an equally disciplined way I took five sheets of papers and divide each in half, thus ending up with ten cards, one for each character.And I continued to diligently fill them out with all the details I learnt about the characters until about halfway through the book when I became too engrossed, frightened and nervous I already had an inkling as to who the murderer was and was petrified I would be murdered in my sleep as well The situation was very serious and I had to invite all my teddy bears back to my bed, so they could protect me.I grew to like two of the characters the sentiment, I think, I shared with Christie as she liked them so, she killed them last.This was my second Christie, and the first proper one The first one I read was a bit of a mishap spy novel, so Christie s brilliance wasn t as apparent as it was in And Then There Were None UPDATE Now that I ve read a coupleChristie s books I realise that random casual racism and antisemitism was very much her trademark It s almost amazing she could sneak racism into books that have no black characters at all Really off putting and uncomfortable UPDATE 2 Only now, did I realise that there were 3 pages of comments under this review, discussing my use of the N word Many times as this review was gettingandvotes I considered changing it because with every vote it felt like I was saying it again Some people suggested I used this as an excuse to say the word, as if I was sitting repeating it with some glee I can t recall any other times in my life I ve used this word, and I suppose I would ve found some other reason if it was in fact bringing me as much joy as some commenters are implying Deleting this review or drastically changing it now would be disingenuous, though I appreciate it might make for an uncomfortable reading though I have changed most of the instances in this review Now as for Christie, as I said her casual racism and antisemitism is obvious in almost every book of hers, so I think I will just not read any 4.5 starsPS Thanks to karen I have just found this page betterbooktitlesAnd here is their take on Ms Christie


  3. Emily May Emily May says:

    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 cl 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


  4. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    This lovely mystery book is first and foremost about the administration of the long overdue justice, right At least that s what the mastermind behind it all believes.But the question is who has the right to decide what justice is And who is to decide what punishment serves the crime And is perceived justice at all costs the ultimate goal, or is it the frequently pointless work of a maniac As a matter of fact, what is justice after all I think the story of this book the one that may win th This lovely mystery book is first and foremost about the administration of the long overdue justice, right At least that s what the mastermind behind it all believes.But the question is who has the right to decide what justice is And who is to decide what punishment serves the crime And is perceived justice at all costs the ultimate goal, or is it the frequently pointless work of a maniac As a matter of fact, what is justice after all I think the story of this book the one that may win the contest for the most offensive original title, after all is familiar to most readers It is a lovely and fascinating idea Ten people are lured onto a remote island under false pretenses just to realize that they are all about to be punished by death for the crimes that they have committed in the past and have gotten away with Killed in a manner predicted by a silly yet ominous children s poem with the conclusion ofand then there were noneWhat s , they come to realize that the mastermind or maniac has to be among them And the very polite, in the traditional British way game of survival begins, complete with all the necessary societal rituals and classism that are not disposed of even under the threat of imminent demise The politeness and overt show of respect to one another even in the face of imminent murder by someone in their midst because, of course, you would not want to offend anyone Continuing to socialize and take meals together Insisting on chivalry when a woman could be the murderer just as well as a man view spoiler this viewing of women as shrinking violets was what cost Philip Lombard his life in the end hide spoiler these are just some of the examples Just think of everyone expecting the impeccable service by the butler even though HIS WIFE JUST DIED Everyone deciding to stick together and be careful but never including the servants in it The belief by some that people of proper class would be incapable of murder view spoiler Doctor Amstrong becomes a victim of just this reasoning hide spoiler The list can go on and on And all of these assumptions prove to be wrong.And as, despite the precautions, the number of people trapped on the island continues to decline, the uneasy tension sets in, and the impeccable facades begin to crack The oth ers went up stairs, a slow unwilling pro ces sion If this had been an old house, with creak ing wood, and dark shad ows, and heav ily pan elled walls, there might have been an eerie feel ing But this house was the essence of moder ni ty There were no dark corners no possi ble slid ing pan els it was flood ed with elec tric light everything was new and bright and shining There was nothing hid den in this house, noth ing con cealed It had no at mo sphere about it Some how, that was the most fright en ing thing of all They ex changed good nights on the up per land ing Each of them went in to his or her own room, and each of them automatical ly, al most with out con scious thought, locked the door. The story is captivating and very smart, and the ending had me baffled for a bit the first time I read it It has a neat resolution despite an obvious plot hole view spoiler Wargrave s brains will be all over the bed on which he was NOT supposed to have died hide spoiler It s an enjoyable read to say the least But what made me unsettled both of the times I read it was the nagging question of justice, as I mentioned above Yes, on one hand, it s almost poetic justice to punish the criminals who thought they got away with it On the other hand, is eye for an eye the best way to get even And who s to judge, anyway Who is either conceited enough or deranged enough to assume that he has the right and the moral authority to determine guilt and the extent of punishment just like that Don t get me wrong the people accused on the island are undeniably guiltyeven though it s not necessarily murder as we think of for some of them Vera Claythorne is really guilty of neglect, albeit with a desire to kill, and Emily Brent is pretty much guilty of being a judgmental ber righteous heartless prudeBut the degree of their guilt varies quite significantly in my perception, and it does not always coincide with what their unknown judge executioner thinksrunning two children over with a car and feeling no remorse is to me worse than firing a pregnant servant who then goes on to kill herself, for instanceAnd is arbitrarily and single handedly determining their guilt and doling out punishments not just as much or even much worse or a crime than they have committed Conceited, self righteous crime Decide for yourself Speaking of guilt this novel has quite a bit to say on this subject You see, many of the characters have already been judged and condemned by their own selves Vera Claythorne and General Macarthur both are tormented by their guilt and view spoiler Vera actually becomes a direct victim of it, after all, becoming her own executioner in the rather creepy and effective scene hide spoiler Interestingly, others, no less guilty, are not tormented by their conscience at all But ultimately this does not matter at all for their survival only the fact that they were deemed guilty view spoiler except for Vera, as I mentioned above Remorseless Philip Lombard would not have cracked like she did, had he been the one holding the revolver a few minutes earlier hide spoiler So should being tormented by guilt versus a cold blooded killer factor at all in the administration of justice These are the thoughts that kept running through my head as I was reading this excellent non traditional critically acclaimed specimen of mystery literature And therefore bravo to Miss Christie for making me think and care and not just mindlessly flipping pages to get to the bottom of the whodunit BecauseWHOwas much less important to me thanHOWandWHYespeciallyWHYFor all of this, I give it the unflinching guilt free 4 stars


  5. James James says:

    5 stars to Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None This is the book that started my absolute love of the mystery genre I was addicted and must have read it 3 or 4 times over the course of the year Between the poem, the deserted island, the plot twist, the count down, the pure clandestine suspense it couldn t get any better Story Ten people receive a mystery letter from someone they don t know that indicates they should come to a remote island Why would they goAfter arriving, t 5 stars to Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None This is the book that started my absolute love of the mystery genre I was addicted and must have read it 3 or 4 times over the course of the year Between the poem, the deserted island, the plot twist, the count down, the pure clandestine suspense it couldn t get any better Story Ten people receive a mystery letter from someone they don t know that indicates they should come to a remote island Why would they goAfter arriving, they try to figure out the connection between all of them while waiting for their mysterious host After coming across a cute little poem about how ten little indians die, they decide they will wait it out until the next morning when the ferry comes back to take them home But it will never comeEach guest suddenly dies matching the line from the poem resulting in alliances and mistrust Pure fun.In a masterful conclusion, the reader understands all the connections, learns why the killer chose them to die and develops a very distinct opinion on who was right and who was wrong in this story.Amazing Strengths 1 Plot can you get any better than telling the reader that 10 people will die and then guessing the order and the weapon 2 Characters All walks of life, all personalities You ll love some and hate some Weaknesses 1 Only that there wasn t a follow up Final Thoughts If you are a mystery fan, you must read this If you ve never read Agatha Christie, this must be your first before you tackle Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot You must understand the master before getting hooked on any specific protagonist in one of her other series


  6. PirateSteve PirateSteve says:

    One of the worlds best selling books of all time, Agatha Christie s and Then There Were None sets the standard for crime fiction The book was first published under a different title in jolly old England, but even back in 1939 American publishers were far too politically correct to use a title they found so offensive Still again, in 1964 and again in 1986 a third title was published but political correctness struck again I read the book under the authors original title because I wanted to re One of the worlds best selling books of all time, Agatha Christie s and Then There Were None sets the standard for crime fiction The book was first published under a different title in jolly old England, but even back in 1939 American publishers were far too politically correct to use a title they found so offensive Still again, in 1964 and again in 1986 a third title was published but political correctness struck again I read the book under the authors original title because I wanted to read it as she intended it The book has inspired radio broadcast, stage adaptations, television mini series, several movies, board and video games As the 1939 story begins, 8 unacquainted guest have been invited to a very large home on an isolated island off the coast of England for a type of holiday When the water ferry drops them off they find their host has not yet arrived but there are two staff members there to meet their needs Soon it is brought to their attention that all 8 guest along with the 2 staff members are accused of various murders from their past Then the first of the guest drops dead By the next morning another of the remaining 9 is found dead There is surely a murderer on the island and as the story continues to unfold the reader is never given any information other than that which the guest may encounter I didn t figure out who done it I do know that I didn t do it But you fellow reader the way you so innocently stopped to read this review Perchance to see if any incriminating evidence has been uncovered. Very suspicious, I say


  7. Merphy Napier Merphy Napier says:

    Full of suspense and I was hanging on every word I loved that we almost knew what would happen next because of the sequence and yet, had no idea how it would come about This is my first Agatha Christie and now I can t wait to read


  8. Anne Anne says:

    Reread 2015 Because some Non Crunchy Cool Classic Pantaloonless friends thought I read it wrongTurns out, I did This was a really good mystery insert long winded apology with much groveling Happy, guysThe story goes a bit like this 10 strangers each get invitations from someone they think they know to stay on an island resort Hells yeah Sunshine sea air Well, resort is a bit of a misnomer It s really a big house on an island Still, it s famous for being a party place, and nobody in Reread 2015 Because some Non Crunchy Cool Classic Pantaloonless friends thought I read it wrongTurns out, I did This was a really good mystery insert long winded apology with much groveling Happy, guysThe story goes a bit like this 10 strangers each get invitations from someone they think they know to stay on an island resort Hells yeah Sunshine sea air Well, resort is a bit of a misnomer It s really a big house on an island Still, it s famous for being a party place, and nobody in the group turns it down.BIG MISTAKE.Almost as soon as everyone is gathered together, a recorded voice booms out through the walls and accuses each of them of being a murderer And not justYOU RE ALL MURDERERS Nope, whoever it is appears to know specific details about each death, and why these particular people were responsible Of course, everyone immediately starts proclaiming their innocence Wha. Noooo That person died accidentally I was never even a suspect Who dares Harrumph bluster However, within minutes one of them falls over dead.Suicide Or somethingnefarious As the body count rises, they have to face the facts that these aren t accidents And with each new death coinciding with a children s rhyme that s tacked up in each room, all signs point to a self appointed executioner in their midst.After they get organized and take a peek around, they realize that they are quite alone on this island Their mysterious benefactor must be disguised as one of the guests, and isthan likelythe murderer Dum, dum, duuuuumThe tension ratchets up with each body, and the guests start turning on each other in an attempt to ferret out the killer Eventually, they decide they just need to calm down and survive till the police can get to the island Good plan, right But what if there isn t anyone left to tell the cops what happenedSo whodunit I ain t tellin Psst The epilogue is really important.


  9. Charlotte May Charlotte May says:

    Watch and pray The day of judgement is at handNow I understand why Agatha is the Queen of crime This was addictive A group of people are all individually invited to an island for a summer holiday in Devon None of them 100% sure who their mysterious host is Things become evenpeculiar when their host isn t there when they arrive, and doesn t show themselves at all One by one the guests are killed, picked off, leaving the others terrified and paranoid It was a fantastic mystery tWatch and pray The day of judgement is at handNow I understand why Agatha is the Queen of crime This was addictive A group of people are all individually invited to an island for a summer holiday in Devon None of them 100% sure who their mysterious host is Things become evenpeculiar when their host isn t there when they arrive, and doesn t show themselves at all One by one the guests are killed, picked off, leaving the others terrified and paranoid It was a fantastic mystery throughout As tension becomes hysteria, the guests wonder who will be next, who is responsible for these murders and why A fantastic read that leaves you guessing until the very endWe shall none of us leave this islandSo creepy RTC


  10. Dita Dita says:

    Are you kidding me ALL OF THE STARS EVERY STAR Just brilliant