Ok I read the original Agatha Christie version of this story, “And then there were none” a while ago, and then I apparently went on a bender. I know I’ve read at least one or two other versions before this one too. Here is Freida’s version, because it was apparently a summer of Freida for me.
I thoroughly enjoy the premise of these “and then there were none” stories, because it’s usually a group of seemingly innocent but secretly kinda crappy people who one by one get bumped off.
This version takes place in the woods. A set of couples are going to a luxury spa vacation and have a car malfunction (blown tire? Overheated? I can’t remember?) along the way. They think they’re close enough to the resort that they can walk there, but of course someone on the trip has other plans.
We’ve got our main character Claire, who is having some marital stress. She’s having an affair with the husband of another duo, and they plan a lot of sexy time at the resort. Her husband is a real dillhole in the first half of the book too, so I’m with her on the affair part.
After the breakdown and the beginning of the trek through the woods, weird things start happening. Someone is bitten by a snake (I think?) No! It’s poison berries. One of the dudes is conveniently a doctor, but he’s no help and also a dillhole.
They basically trudge through the woods for days while someone slowly picks them off.
Like I said – I’m already a target audience for this type of story, and I liked Freida’s version! 3.5 stars
Hoo boy. This version of “And Then There Were None” is not quite successful. Holy crap was it long, and holy crap was it repetitive! I expected more out of Ruth Ware, but I don’t think I’ve read one of her books in a few years.
I remember reading someone’s review of this book and they said something along the lines of they felt like they were being punked and this whole book was a joke.
I had to agree with them by the end. The premise is fine – a group of board members for an app are on a ski vacation to discuss a buyout of the company. But there’s also a former employee who has shares but left the company under mysterious circumstances.
Not to spoil the book, but you know nearly instantly that she’s the murder. She does all sorts of shady and murderer type things throughout the book. And eventually she just gives up hiding it and lets her freak flag fly.
It could’ve been interesting, but it was so freaking repetitive! Each chapter starts out with the person’s stats from the app, but the power goes out after like hour two, and every start is the same! Zero listeners, listening to nothing, offline!
There are some dumbass moves throughout, and I wasn’t really upset when some of the characters got murdered. That’s probably not great.
Please save yourself some time and lots of brain cells and do not read this book. It’s not worth it. I have grown dumber for having listened to it! 2 stars maybe?