And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is a mystery novel. 10 strangers are invited to a
once-in-a-lifetime experience on a secluded island owned by a millionaire. Except when the
guests arrive, their unknown host is nowhere to be found. It's just 10 complete strangers left in
the mansion of Soldier Boy Island. Yet they each have one thing in common, a vicious secret
that will ruin their lives. As they explore the island they’re stuck on, it is soon discovered that
each room has a famous nursery rhyme displayed on the wall, and it goes:
“Ten Little Soldier
Boys went out to Dine, one choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine Little Soldier
Boys stayed up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight Little Soldier
Boys traveling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven. Seven Little
Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six. Six
Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five
Little Soldier Boys going through a door; One stubbed his toe and then there were four. Four
Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was One. One Little
Soldier Boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.”
As the night
goes on, they all start to die one by one. Each of the deaths identical to the nursery rhyme. By
the end of the weekend, they will all be dead so they must find the murderer before there is one.
This book was incredible. The mystery was like no other. The writing style was easy to read but
it didn't make the plot feel simple; there was no excessive figurative language to solve to figure
out what was going on. The language was different since it was written in the 1930s, but it did
not have a huge effect. Overall, this book was one of the most mind-twisting mystery books I
have ever read.