Once again we are just going to ignore how late this is and move on because I have an insane backlist of reviews and I am so ashamed. Anyways, last month I read Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie with some of my friends from The Write Reads gang and it was so much fun! I had such a fun experience because I knew how it all ended and could just enjoy how the clues were all laid out.
Plus, I read this an audiobook and Kenneth Branagh was narrating it so that was just another layer that added to my reading experience.
So, on with the review!
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again.
summary is from goodreads
ESCAPE score: 51
I loved the characterisation in this book so much because it is just so well done. Every character was so unique and had such varied personalities, which made the book incredibly fun to read because it provided so much entertainment (especially because Kenneth Branagh did different voices for each character). Plus, Poirot was of course a spectacular character to read because he was so clever and collected throughout the whole book. What I didn’t expect was how funny he was! I just loved hearing Poirot’s little side thoughts about the people he was interviewing was really humorous to me.
The plot of course was incredibly constructed and I just loved watching how all of the clues came together. I was just in awe at how Christie spun the web of the mystery and then allowed it to all unravel at the right time. I felt a little bit like Bouc at one point, because he said something like surely there cant be anymore revelations and it was just so relatable haha. I really liked how the story was divided into chapters too, as it allowed us to really get to know the characters and their stories as Poirot tried to figure out how the murder was committed. I just loved it so much!
The writing was really lovely and I just loved reading this book (if you can’t tell by now lol). It was just so well written and I will definitely be checking out some more Agatha Christie books in the future because I had such a great time reading it and will definitely be in a mystery mood at some point again soon (I go into a deep mystery loving hole very now and then lol). It translated really well to the audiobook as I have said and Kenneth Branagh did such a good job narrating this book.
Anyways, it was just so much fun to read this with my bookish friends and watching the people who hadn’t read it try and guess who the killer was!
If you want to buy a copy of this book, you can do so here (the blackwells link is affiliate)
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