Today, I will be sharing my review of Murder on The Orient Express by Agatha Christie with you all.
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.
I read Murder on the Orient Express with our little @The_WriteReads book club. It was one of two Agatha Christie books chosen for January. This was only the second Agatha Christie book I had read (the first being our other pick for the month), and honestly I was disappointed. Despite this being a January read, and only being just over 200 pages, I didn’t finish it until the end of February because I was struggling to bring myself to pick it back up.
The pace of the story is way too slow for my liking. I like my crime novels to be fast paced and exciting, and this just wasn’t it. I found myself losing interest. I appreciate Poirot’s process and methods to cracking a case, but they’re just not that enjoyable to read. It’s all so long winded.
We were given so much information about ALL of the characters, but even then, I felt no connection with any of them. I didn’t particularly like or dislike any of them, I simply didn’t care about them. I do quite like Poirot’s character though, I enjoy his no care attitude, and the fact that he doesn’t tolerate any bullshit.
The only reason I really continued with the story is because I actually wanted to find out who did it, but even that was a let down. It was so anti-climatic, and to me it felt like Christie had just thrown something together without much thought for the who done it.
I had such high expectations for this book, considering how well loved it is, but ultimately I was let down. It has made me unsure as to whether to even bother reading any more of Agatha Christie’s books.
I give Murder on The Orient Express a 2 star rating, and that’s probably being generous.
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