Review by Mallori AllenMystery Murders of Indian Island
And Then There Were None was written by Agatha Christie and published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. And Then There Were None was published in 1939 as a murder mystery. The setting of And Then There Were None is a fictional island named Indian Island that is located off the English Coast in the 1930s. There are ten people invited to Indian Island by a millionaire named U.N. Owen. They all are been accused as murderers by the unknown U.N. Owen. One by one they were being killed in suspicious and confusing ways. No one knew who the murderer was and where he was hiding. By the end of the weekend everyone was dead.
An interesting and well developed character from And Then There Were None was Miss Vera Claythorne. Vera was interesting because she was one of the most developed characters in this book because she outlived most of the other characters. The author of And Then there Were None described the murder that she allegedly committed and that it was really just an accident and she felt really guilty about what had happened. The book also talked about her lover and the heart break she felt when he left her.
The main conflict in And Then There Were None is the mysterious murders taking place. A big part of the conflict is who the murderer is and how he is getting away with all of these murders so well. The conflict is never really resolved because we never find out who exactly is responsible for these murders. The resolve is in the epilogue when the police come to investigate the mysterious murders of Indian Island. By this point all ten of the guests have been killed but who committed the crime is still unknown.
A major theme in And Then There Were None is justice. U.N. Owen was administering justice to people he thought were murderers even if their names had been cleared by the legal system or in Mr. Wargrave’s case he was the one administering justice in the court of law. All ten guest who had been invited to Indian Island had been accused of murdering people even though in most cases the crimes were just unfortunate accidents. Another theme in And Then There Were None is guilt and the affect that guilt has on a person. Some of the people who did not openly confess to their crimes felt guilt and had to deal with their guilt in private. “Now let us examine the evidence. To begin with, is there any particular reason for suspecting one particular person? Mr. Blore, you have, I think, something to say.”(Page 136-137) The judge, Mr. Wargrave, says this because he put himself in the position of a leader because he is used to being the head of the court. This shows the theme of justice because Mr. Wargrave is trying to find the one person responsible for the murders so that there will be consequences for that person.
I would give this book a four star rating because it was interesting and kept me thinking throughout most of the story. I think that Agatha Christie did a good job of making these murders very mysterious in the way that I couldn’t figure out who committed the crimes or how they were committed. I thought it was interesting how the killer wasn’t revealed until the very end. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. If you liked this book, you should read The Pale Horse and Endless Night also by Agatha Christie.