Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.
No wonder this is considered to be the best book of Agatha Christie's ever - it is truly a masterpiece.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
And I am not just saying it- I truly mean it. I didn't just discovered it and am not speaking on a high rush of that fresh new read feeling - this was a re-read for me. And I don't re-read books very often - only the BEST OF BEST makes my re-reads list.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
If you have read anything of Agatha Christie before and wasn't a big fan - read this. This novel is completely stand alone and it doesn't feature Miss Marple or Poirot, like all of her other books do. Despite being first published in 1939 this novel is timeless, it reads extremely easily. It's an absolute CLASSIC without that heavy classic feel.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
The book starts out with clever introductions to our 10 characters all of whom intertwine somehow on the way to the Soldier Island, to where they were all invited. And then - and then shit goes down!
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Christie plays with human psyche and emotions wonderfully in this book. She brings out guilt, paranoia and distrust. It's so tangible you can almost feel it seeping through the pages.
Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four.
I have mentioned that this ia a re-read for me. I read this for the first time about 5 years ago (at least) and because of this I couldn't really remember what happened. So, reading it again felt new and exciting! BUT, I also feel like even if I remembered the ending I'd still have enjoyed it just as much. Because then I'd have just looked for clues, for giveaways and hints on how to solve the mystery.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
This book is one of my all time favorites, and to be honest not many books can beat that. I always find something to dislike if I read books more than once (as the more I read the more critical I get).
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
I found some things that I didn't think clear answers were given to in the book, but nothing major, and nothing that could have disappointed me. For this read focuses on atmosphere, on emotions and on quick pace of events that just don't give you time to catch your breath. Or to put the book away...
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one.
And because it is so atmospherically mysterious and creepy, it's a perfect October read! Highly, highly recommend!
Bravo Agatha Christie, BRAVO!
One little Indian boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.
Freelance BETA reader.