Book Review: Endless Night by Agatha Christie

December 10, 2014 Book review 4 ★★★½

Whenever I want to give the brain cells a little bit of a workout, I turn to an Agatha Christie book and brush up on my amateur sleuthing skills. Yet again it was Agatha 1, Trish 0. Well played Dame Christie!

Book Review: Endless Night by Agatha ChristieEndless Night by Agatha Christie
Published by Harper Collins on 1st Jan 1967
Genres: Mystery & Detective
Pages: 256
Source: Purchased

Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night . . .

When penniless Michael Rogers discovers the beautiful house at Gypsy’s Acre and then meets the heiress Ellie, it seems that all his dreams have come true at once. But he ignores an old woman’s warning of an ancient curse, and evil begins to stir in paradise.

As Michael soon learns: Gypsy’s Acre is the place where fatal “accidents” happen.

First Line of Endless Night by Agatha Christie

“In my end is my beginning…That’s a quotation I’ve often heard people say.”

My Thoughts on Endless Night by Agatha Christie:

This one was a bit different to other Agatha Christie books that I’ve read. It’s not a detective novel and it felt good to break away from the Miss Marple/Poirot formula for a change. However I thought the pace moved a lot slower in this one, there was a lot of background building and the first body didn’t even appear until three-quarters way through the book. I know I sound very blood thirsty but it’s hard to solve a murder when there hasn’t been any!

I’m not going to talk about the plot as I would recommend going in blind to all Agatha Christie books. To be honest, I don’t even read the synopsis as I just prefer to leave Agatha reveal the details to me in her own inimitable way.

I think there was a little bit more character development in this book than in other ones I’ve read but I still don’t think characters are the strongest point of an Agatha Christie book. While quick-witted, lively and entertaining, they can be clichéd. When I read an AC book though, I read for the plot twist. The challenge of trying to work it all out before the reveal and the watching for the clues in amongst all the red herrings is what has me quickly flipping pages.

And as always, this was my favourite part of the book. I won’t deny I had my suspicions but wasn’t sure. When the revelation came and the book backtracked to show how it all fitted in, I thoroughly appreciated how carefully it was all plotted out.

I think when AC was writing she must have worked her plots out down to the finest details and then added the character details after that. That is the way it always comes across to me anyway. But I love how sharply executed her mysteries are. I know for certain that it won’t be long before I am tipping my toe back into the AC pool yet again.

Overall a very easy to read, entertaining and intriguing read. Not my favourite of hers, And Then There Were None is still the reigning champion in my eyes, but still enjoyable even with the slower pace.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read Endless Night by Agatha Christie?

If you enjoy guessing whodunit it or are already an AC fan, then I’d recommend this to you. However, if you have never read an Agatha Christie book before I wouldn’t recommend starting with this one, start with And Then There Were None or The ABC Murders instead.


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4 Responses to “Book Review: Endless Night by Agatha Christie”

  1. Shaina

    Thanks for the review! I still haven’t managed to get my hands on any Christie, and I’ll definitely be starting with And Then There Were None. A mystery sounds like just the thing to curl up with in the coming snowy months.
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    • trish

      Ohhhh, you should! It is fab and will keep you guessing and guessing! At least it did for me and when the reveal came by jaw hit the ground! Enjoy 🙂

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I had read that this was one of the books that she was the most satisfied with. In the last decade of her writing most of her books seem to be more about the build up to the murder than the actual murder itself. I’m not sure I like it as much as the traditional but it’s definitely an interesting change! I definitely agree about the pacing on this one. I do remember getting a bit impatient. Great review!
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    • trish

      Oh that’s interesting that AC thought that! I just love Miss Marple as I love how sharp and cunning she is so they will always be my fav. It did feel good to experience something different though.

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