When I first heard about the craze of the Saw movies, I was interested in watching them. I was intrigued by the story line and wanted to see what it was all about. Little did I know that this story was not a fresh, new idea thought of today but actually several years ago by the great mystery writer, Agatha Christie.
Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is one of the greatest mystery stories, in my opinion. The story is very similar to the Saw films. Eight strangers, who know nothing about each other, are all lured to an island to stay for a few days. As each day passes, someone dies. And we come to find out that each person on the island is not as innocent as they seem, which makes it harder for us to guess who the killer is amongst the group.
If you have never read this story, I beg you to read it. Especially if you liked the Saw movies or even the idea of the story line behind the movies, you must read Christie’s story. It is full of suspense and has an ending that you won’t see coming. I literally stopped reading the story a couple of times just to solve the mystery. Each time I thought I figured out who was committing the murders, the person would die leaving me guessing again.
This story also gets you to ponder on two thoughts. 1) Those who are unjust may not be as bad as they seem, 2) and those who carry out justice to the guilty are not as innocent as they seem either. It’s a pretty genius story that I encourage everyone to read. You won’t be sorry you did.
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Oh man I will have to put that book on my to-be-read list! I’ve never read her novels but have always been curious about them.
The way you decribe the characters at the end of your post reminds me of how George R. R. Martin writes his characters. In the series, A Song of Ice and Fire (TV show called Game of Thrones) there is the character Jamie. In the first book you hate him but as the series goes on you see another side of him and grow to like him. I love it when authors do this because not everyone is “all good” or “all bad.” Having characters that struggle with both makes for better writing/reading.
Oh, you’ll definitely love this story Joy! And I agree with you that having characters struggle with good and bad makes for better writing, because it is a very human quality. We all struggle with this in life. It enables us to connect even more with the characters.