Published: May 3rd 2004
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Audiobook: 6 hours
Genre: Mystery, Classic, Crime
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“First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a 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. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.” – Goodreads
This was a short gem of a book with lots of different dynamics. It takes place in the 1930’s and it follows a group of people invited to an island by a mysterious person they all think they know. When they get there they are killed one by one. Racing against time they try and figure out if the killer is lurking on the island or if one of them is the killer.
I found the dynamics very interesting, for example everyone is suspicious of one another and they have these crazy and funny theories about what is happening. They are also these high and mighty elite characters that think they are above reproach and typical of older men during this time, they don’t want to tell the woman anything, in case they break out in hysterics! The characters in the book also break the first rule of murder mysteries: they leave each other alone and don’t stick together! They are also a bit dim, as there is a clue of sorts that tells them who is next. They are so preoccupied with themselves that they ignore it way too much!
All in all, this was a fun cozy mystery that was a page turner! I recommend this to anyone who likes a good mystery.
“In the midst of life, we are in death.”
TV Series comparison:
Even though I read this book some time ago but never posted my review, I recently watched the new TV adaption based on the book. I was not disappointed! The cast was amazing and they even cast a few younger actors which was unexpected.
The series was intriguing, mysterious and had gorgeous scenes. It also did something better than what the book could, it made you ‘see’ these people’s pasts visually. You saw them as flawed and yes dangerous people. You could only imagine what they did in the book, where the TV series had more impact. The book also made them all feel hard and stiff in some way, where the TV series really overcame this!
All in all a great book with a fantastic TV adaption! I’m not sure which one I suggest you read/watch first, as either way it will be spoiled for you at the end. But still worth it!
The book got a 8/10 from me and the TV Series a 9/10.