The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie


When you list out some of the mysterious thriller books in the last century, this book comes out to be the among the top 10 suspense thrillers. Written in the first person, it talks about the murder of rich person in an English county. The name of the person is Roger Ackroyd. Not only he has an affair with a lady in the neighbourhood but Roger Ackroyd is pursued by all and sundry for money as he has a lot of it. When he gets murdered there are lots of his friends and acquaintances in his house and what makes the murder looks difficult is the presence of so many persons in the house.

In the neighbourhood and closer to his retirement is Hercule Poirot who is engaged by none other than Roger’s niece Flora Ackroyd. As usual, Poirot goes about finding the truth meticulously. He looks at every nook and cranny of the room where Roger Ackroyd is murdered – chair, lamp, papers, drawers, documents and money. One by one the skeletons start tumbling out of the closet. The mysterious stranger who is seen outside the house is nabbed and interrogated . He is doubted for the misery of the house and has been kept been behind the bars. Meanwhile, one by one suspects are eliminated.

This book questions the readers familiarized way of reading books and turns the established habit on its head. Portrayal of murder and its execution is revealed in the most distinctive manner and book continues to be a story – a story that has no truth. If understanding the previous statement is trying, that is because it has been held this way deliberately. Readers will know the executioner only when they read the book. One of those whodunit books by Hercule Poirot which can read easily in one sitting. I rate it 3.5/5. Happy reading!!


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