“In the midst of life, we are in death.”
#blurb: 1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.
The 10 strangers include a reckless playboy, a troubled Harley Street doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, two restless servants, a highly decorated general and an anxious secretary. One by one they are picked off. Who will survive? And who is the killer? Copies of an ominous nursery rhyme hang in each room, the murders mimicking the awful fates of its ‘Ten Little Soldier Boys’.
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
Ten people from various spheres of life are invited to an island called Soldier Island by an unknown person named Mr. Owen. The mystery begins when the hosts don’t show up and one after another guests starts getting murdered. Initially the others thought that the deaths were either accident or suicides but the chain of dead bodies proves them wrong. After searching the whole island for any other suspect the party assumes that someone within them has to be the murderer. Moreover their ties with the mainland are completely cut off and so they are not able to get any help from outside. The weird thing is the relation of the death to the nursery poem hung in their bedroom. Was there a madman operating between them? Or is it the job of a mysterious outsider? Who is the murderer? Pick up the book to get the answers to these questions.
It is a fast paced psychological thriller which keeps you hooked till the end. The story is filled with twists and turns and there is never a dull moment. It is another brilliant work of Agatha Christie which will not fail to amaze you. The plot is well developed with an excellent cast of characters. All your assumptions are going to fail you and be prepared to be shocked at the end. The way she wrote the character of the murderer is really exceptional. I have read her several works but without a doubt this has to be my favourite. If you are a great mystery buff like me then you may guess one or two things about the murderer correctly like I did but nevertheless the ending will leave you dumbfounded. So what are you waiting for?Pick up this book immediately.
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