I just finished this book a few days ago, and I was thoroughly impressed. If you’re unfamiliar about this Agatha Christie classic, it’s about a detective who boards the train The Orient Express where a murder takes place that night. Since the train had run into a snow drift, the only suspects are the twelve passengers on the train. Detective Hercules Poirot then investigates the case by interviewing the passengers one by one and looking for clues in the train.
The beginning of the book is a little slow, but definitely picks up speed a few chapters later when the murder occurs and the mystery starts. I loved seeing Poirot’s thought process of how he was piecing the interviews and evidence together to solve the crime. Just when I had a solid theory as to who the murderer was, a new piece of evidence came up that seemed impossible and proved my theory wrong, only then to have the theory back into place when more evidence showed up.
“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
This book is fascinating to read and is so well-written. At first I was so impressed with Poirot’s intelligence for how he came to the conclusions that ultimately solved the mystery, but then I was even more impressed when I thought of how brilliant Agatha Christie had to be to even think of the whole situation in the first place. The ending is riveting and incredibly creative.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries. It’s easy to follow along, but it makes you think — something I love to experience with books. I think just about everybody should add this to their reading list.