We’re back with a new review for Teen Book Talk. This time we have a review of a classic mystery, And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. Teens choose the books and movies that they review, and all opinions are those of the reviewer.

**Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Chaturya G., 12th grade, teen reviewer

andthentherewerenonejacketBook Title: And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 2011

Book will appeal to: Teens-Adults

Rating: 5/5

This is one of the most amazing mystery novels I’ve ever read. It is a literary classic novel by Agatha Christie and the first book of hers I’ve read. In this book, there are ten different people lured to an isolated mansion on an island. The night of their arrival a mysterious recording plays, accusing each of the ten characters of murder. These ten people start dying off, one by one, strangely in accordance to a poem titled “Ten Little Soldier Boys” which is hung up as a portrait in the mansion. It isn’t long before these characters realize that the murderer is actually one of them.

Christie’s style of writing and pacing is very fascinating. The way she writes about each of the characters will make you think you know who the murderer is, but you will keep second guessing yourself until the very end when everything is fully explained. These characters are not really characters that I can relate to in general, but Christie makes their actions throughout the book understandable. This novel is an amazing classic that had my attention until the very end. Not only teens, but adults who like reading mysteries would love this book.

The edition of the novel I read was a very recent one so there were no racist remarks or anything of that sort in this novel. The older versions did have racist titles which could make anyone uncomfortable.  In general, this novel could be considered disturbing, first of all because it has many murders in it. It is pretty obvious that the murderer has psychological problems, as the victims are killed off according to the poem almost exactly. However, this is what makes it so exciting. There are subtle hints given throughout the book as to who the murderer is, but I didn’t realize it until the end. Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite books and I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading murder mystery novels.

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