And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None was my first jump into Agatha Christie. I love a good mystery and classics so I’m not sure why it took me so long to read one of the legend’s books. This was a good one to start with because besides Murder on the Orient Express I believe this is just as popular. I also grabbed the recent movie remake from the library so I could watch the book come to life afterwards.

And Then There Were None (Book): This book was so fast pace and non stop action. Every time I thought I might know who it was they were no longer in the picture. This was a book I couldn’t put down and ended up reading it all in 1 setting. This book hooked me and I want to read and collect all of her books. I can see why she is called the Queen of Mystery. Even now so many years later her books are still so good. I’ve always said you can’t go wrong with a good classic and this proves it. The characters were all a little unlike-able but I think that was the point. They did horrible things and got away with it. What really made this atmosphere seem eerie and upped the mystery factor was the nursery rhyme and the little solider pieces. Each murder followed the nursery rhyme and then a pawn would be missing. I really liked the plot line of each character being a pawn in this persons game. It was an angle that I wasn’t expecting and really made the story fit together so well. It did read a little dated but not so much that it would be hard for the younger generations to read and enjoy it. My classic bookworm reader in the house loved it and she even figured it out. If any one ask me for some good thrills and chills books to read I will be telling them they have to read this book!

And Then There Were None (Movie): The movie did change-up some of the story line and while I knew the changes since I had just read the book it didn’t ruin the movie for me. I was fine with the changes. That being said there was  only thing I would have taken out. The party scene where they were all doing drugs. I mean yes drugs were around even back then but it didn’t really add anything important to the movie so I would have left it out. The characters in the movie seemed a little less evil and I liked them a tiny bit better than I did in the book. Most of the time I will say the book was better sometimes way better. In this case yes the book was better but for me the movie was just as good in its own right. I think if someone watched this having never read the book or any Agatha Christie books they might just go to their library or bookstore and grab some of her works.

This combination hooked my bookworm and I and we decided we are going to read and collect all of Agatha Christie’s books. We hope to find more movies or TV Shows based on the books so we can continue the Read and Watch with not only Agatha Christie but with more classics. We are making October Agatha Christie binge read and see just how many we can read. We also want to read Murder on the Orient Express before the remake comes out on the big screen November 10th.

The Kept Woman

I’m going to try a new way to review my books so I hope you like the format.  I found this format on a booktuber’s youtube channel that I watch and thought it was a good way to review.

By Karin Slaughter

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The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

 

 

 

 

First thoughts:

I thought it was good and read like so many of the crime drama’s I love watching on tv. The book was fast paced, non stop and a fast read that kept me second guessing my thoughts and predictions. I will be checking out more of the Will Trent series.

Characters:

There are many characters in The Kept Woman and probably in the rest of the books also. Each character is well developed and has their own back story that comes into play at times during The Kept Woman. I liked that the girls were strong kick butt and didn’t back down to the men. Will Trent the main character is likable and probably one of my favorites. and really I liked most of the characters.

Plot and Writing:

Karin Slaughters writing is very smooth and easy to read. I can’t believe this is the first book I’ve read by her. Her books are my type of books and I will have to check out the rest. The plot of The Kept Woman was a tough one to tackle you got assault, runaway teens, drugs, shady dealings  and so much more that police and FBI see on a day to day basis. For this book you have the local police working the GBI on a murder investigation that involves a few retired cops and some very shady dealings. Yes I learned some major bombshells about characters I just meet. So in that way the series is a bit spoiled for me. However that won’t stop me from reading the series.

Final Thoughts:

My final thoughts are I liked this book and became a fan of Karin Slaughter. While The Kept Woman is not a stand alone and should be read in order I don’t feel cheated for skipping ahead and reading this one first. I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoys crime/FBI drama. Overall I would give this book a solid 3.75 stars. Yes I know you can only give 3.5. I gave this book a bit more because while I was new to the series the author did a great job and not making me feel totally lost and confused.

thank you BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge, Karin Slaughter and William Morrow for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.