Hola! Here I am with another book review for a book I read yesterday, ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ by Agatha Christie which had been published by HarperCollins UK in 1926. These are my own views on the book and you may or may not agree with them, so read on to know what I think. This is my second Agatha Christie Book Review, the first being that for the really engaging Hickory Dickory Dock.
Blurb: Mrs. Ferrars’ secret of poisoning her first husband is exposed to her lover, poor Roger Ackroyd. She killed him by poison and yesterday, she herself has been found dead by suicide. Her secret is no more a secret, and even Roger is unable to live long enough to find the murderer.
‘Key is in the lock all right, sir. On the inside. Mr Ackroyd must have locked himself in.’
Who had been blackmailing her before her death? Had it really driven her to suicide? And would it all be revealed in the letter that arrived in the evening post?
“The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.”Agatha Christie
Review: 305 pages of suspicion jumping from one person to the other; the book reads from the first POV of Surgeon James Sheppard, which is actually the best part about it. Written by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, the book is an amazing detective fiction that sets about at a slow pace with little suspense, and only picks the latter once Mr Ackroyd is found dead, which is (un)luckily real soon. The main characters are Hercule Poirot, a retired detective, Roger Ackroyd, a wealthy businessman, and James Sheppard, the family doctor out of which I can’t really choose a favorite. Christie is known for the usage of easy-to-read English in her books and the British culture shining through the words of her pieces, which by the way, is quite prominent in this one as well. As you must’ve read in the book blurb, the storyline is a murder with twists all throughout the book, with everyone hiding not-so-dark secrets from each other. So I have a confession to make here. I spoiled the entire mystery for myself halfway through the book by reading a review containing a spoiler-warning. Moral: Don’t be me, do not spoil thrillers for yourself. Anyway, if you do read this masterpiece, I’m sure you’ll find the best elements in the suspects and the unraveling of family secrets one after the other, that is truly fascinating.
Having said that, I also disliked some components of ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ such as a handful of unrealistic twists (the dictaphone among others) and a few unnecessary scenes which made the book longer than was needed. E.g. The Evening at Mah Jong. The book obviously puts an end to the suspense with every detail being cleared out by our very own Poirot, and the disclosure will leave you dumbfounded, I guarantee you that.
My final verdict would be that the book has been written very well and my opinion might be biased because of my stupidity but I really expected more ‘Edge of the Seat’ moments. Had it been a tad easier to keep up with, it’d have won a solid 5/5. Anyway, if you’re just a beginner at C/T/M/H, you have to read it as this work is just another lesson learned, that of not trusting people easily, however nice they may seem at first.
Star Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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