Murder on the Orient Express
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery | Classic | Crime | Fiction |
First Published: 1934
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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.
What I Loved
“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
I think this is one of my favourite books of all time. I couldn’t put it down as I was so immersed in the story and needed to know who the murderer was! Unlike The Murder of Roger Ackroyd where I was actually able to figure out who the murderer was, I didn’t have a clue for Murder on the Orient Express. It’s an incredibly fast-paced book that is so easy to read! Well, apart from the bits of French! It will be great if you are looking for a quick enjoyable read. I just found everything amazing, the murder, the setting on the train, the characters and of course, Poirot.
“If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it – often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.”
All 16 compartments of the train are booked up, despite it being Winter. Poirot manages to obtain a second class cabin thanks to his old friend, Monsieur Bouc. After running into a snowdrift halfway through the night, the train has no choice but to stop. Not long after or even before, a man is murdered! Poirot must use his little grey cells and the help of Bouc to figure out which one of the many passengers could have committed this murder.
The story is amazing and completely addicting to read. With the book being set on the train nearly all the way through, it’s very easy to follow and keep track of all the characters.
I love how there is another murder within the murder that occurred on the Orient Express. It leaves you guessing what and who is connected constantly, there is never a dull moment.
The ending had me in complete shock. I don’t think I would ever have guessed it. The reveal is amazing and my heart was pounding and I desperately wanted to tell everyone what had happened! I am being good and instead going to make them read it!
“I like to see an angry Englishman,” said Poirot. “They are very amusing. The more emotional they feel the less command they have of language.”
All the characters are so fun and engaging and all have such a variety of personalities. It was quite easy to learn a lot about them. Not just through Poirot’s questioning but also as he stands back and observes his surroundings.
Poirot is the best though. Some of the things he comes out with are so funny and he just doesn’t care who is on the receiving end. He puts so much detail into his words but at the same time telling us nothing at all! It’s extremely frustrating but I wouldn’t want it to be another way as it encourages the reader to read between the lines.
I don’t want to say too much about the characters or story, especially if it is a book you’ve never read before. I want you to go into it with a fresh clear mind and see if you can figure out the case!
“How fast you go. You arrive at a conclusion much sooner than I would permit myself to do.”
Overall, everyone should read this book at least once in their lifetime! It’s incredibly gripping and I can guarantee you won’t see the ending coming! I plan on reading so many more Agatha Christie novels because I’ve fallen in love with them.