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Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (#4 Hercule Poirot)
Author: Agatha Christie
Published: June 1926 (first published) – 2nd of April 2002 – Harper Collins Publishers (my edition)
Format: Paperback – 368 pages
“It is completely unimportant,” said Poirot. “That is why it is so interesting,” he added softly.” – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
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Today I thought would be a good day to finally bring you my review of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, which I read right at the start of the year and despite the ending being both shocking good and back, I was really surprised and did still enjoy it! Keep on reading for my thoughts on this book!
Roger Ackroyd was a man who knew too much.
He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband. He knew someone was blackmailing her ― and now he knew she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.
Soon the evening post would let him know who the mystery blackmailer was. But Ackroyd was dead before he’d finished reading it ― stabbed through the neck where he sat in his study…
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie is the 4th book in the Classic mystery Hercule Poirot series that I read with the TWR Gang book club and wow was this a surprising book! This is only going to be a mini-review because I’m worried I will say too much otherwise, and this review may be all over the place, so please excuse me aha!
The first thing I thought when I started reading this book was “humm… that character is very suspicious”. And guess what? I was totally right and I still can’t believe that I was able to work out who the murderer was! I have to say, this book was so clever, so well-thought-out and I still can’t get over that ending.
As the usual Agatha Christie books go, this one was quick, immersive and had me thinking over every little thing. She definitely keeps you guessing until the last minute and I am just in awe of how she pulled that one off.
What I will say though, is that this is a book of its time, and there are allusions to something very violent and triggering and it took me by surprise as I really did not expect it. This is the reason why my rating is fairly low because I just thought that it was not great, really problematic, and it really bothered me. It’s annoying because I had adored the rest of the book and found the ending (before the problematic ending) to be incredible.
The writing style was fluid, the characters were believable, I have to say I hated Caroline, and I suspected absolutely everyone and no one at the same time, while still keeping my original thought in my mind! But this was a really fun and clever book and it’s just a shame that the last chapter was so shocking to me.
I actually listened to this one instead of reading it with the book and I really liked the audiobook that I found on Scribd, narrated by Hugh Fraser. I loved how it had me engaged the whole way through and made me want to listen to more audiobooks.
Trigger Warnings: death, suicide, poisoning, violence, blackmail.
MY THOUGHTS AND RATING
Overall, this was a great instalment in the Hercule Poirot series and because my rating is low, you may think that I didn’t really like this book, but I did, I loved it, I’m just struggling to get over the final bit at the end that really bothered me and still does.
I gave this book 3.5 stars, it was so fun, it had me guessing right until the end and when the murderer was revealed I was so shocked that I had actually gotten it right. I wonder if I can keep this up? I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of classics, mysteries, thrillers and twisty stories! I’m looking forward to more Poirot mysteries!
That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post, see you soon, stay safe,
Atmosphere – 6
Start – 7
Pacing – 6.5
Ending – 3 (something happened right at the end that has made my rating drop, had it not been included, I think I would have given this point a 7).
Characters – 5
Theme – 6
Style – 7
Total = 40.5
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