As someone who enjoys murder mysteries and suspenseful stories, this book was right up my alley. Although I have always gravitated towards murder mysteries, I have not read much Agatha Christie, although that will probably change after reading this book.
Christie has a great “whodunnit” style that remains lighthearted while still keeping you on your toes. This is the type of book that I read in a weekend, making it great for the summer or any other time that you might be on vacation. While I admittedly read it while lounging on the couch, I could see this being a great book to read while traveling. The book becomes more and more of a page-turner as it continues and you learn more about each character and become engaged in the mystery. I was trying to guess the murderer’s identity from the very beginning, and I have to say, I never even came close.
While Christie keeps her story feeling authentic and unique, there is a refreshing simplicity to her writing and plot. It is so common in this genre’s modern stories to become convoluted into the most bizarre and complex storylines, often supplemented by shock-value violence or action. Christie crafts a simple whodunnit plot – Someone is murdered on a train carrying a detective, a murderer, and a collection of suspects. Genius! Christie’s style brings us all back to a simpler time and reminds us that the value is not in the complexity of the story, but in the way that it is told.
I would recommend this page-turner to anyone looking for a fun book to read when you have a few days off or are traveling on a long trip.