Book: The Murder On The Orient Express
Author: Agatha Christie
Synopsis: Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its track by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.
Review(Spoilers): Although this isn’t going to tell the big spoilers I feel that it is best to go into this book not knowing anything. I picked this up without knowing much about it because the adaptation is coming out. Typically, mysterious are not my thing. I find them boring and predictable. I was disappointed with how predictable this book was too.
Characters:⅖ There wasn’t much about the characters beside their relations to the murder. We didn’t get a look into anyone’s personality, not even Hercule, making the whole story very distant. Hercule’s thinking process was very interesting, as I have never thought like a detective. I did find that no one’s acts really surprised me.
Plot:⅗ While it was predictable, I did love it. The way that they all had relations and ties to this one man and all seemed to be on this one train did raise a lot of questions. I wish it wasn’t so predictable because that always seems to ruin my opinion. The entire time I did think it was one person until the last section, that was when I thought that everything was put together so smoothly that it had to have been planned.
Writing Style: ⅖ I understand how much effort is put into the writing when it comes to mysteries, especially murders, because it has to flow while giving evidence, but it can’t give anything away. When it came to the explanation it was well thought out, but it felt like he was explaining to us rather than he was trying to solve the problem. There was something about the dialogue that felt off. Of course, she did a flawless job of providing well thought out evidence for all the characters. I didn’t have a problem with any of that just with the dialogue.
Overall, I did really enjoy this story. It was a nice refresher from fantasy, and it really gives your mind a challenge to figure it out. I will be eagerly awaiting the adaptation set to come out in November.