Endless Night by Agatha Christie
The blurb: Gipsy’s Acre is a truly beautiful upland site with views out to sea and, for Michael Rogers, it stirs a child-like fantasy. He wants to settle there, amongst the dark fir trees. Yet, as he leaves the village, a shadow of menace hangs over the land. This is the place where accidents happen. Perhaps Michael should have heeded the locals’ warnings: “There’s no luck for them as meddles with Gipsy’s Acre.”
My review: ‘Some are born to Sweet Delight, Some are born to Endless Night’
As a reasonably recent (5 years!) convert to crime fiction and after meeting and falling in love with Sherlock Holmes I thought it was time I introduced myself to Agatha Christie, the doyenne of crime.
Endless Night is the first of two Christie’s Ive recently purchased and it left me feeling a little deflated. I love Miss Marple, however I only love her so far in her television incarnation, I have yet to visit her in print, and am slightly nervous about doing so, consequently I plumped for two Christie’s that do not feature her most famous detectives – Marple and Poirot.
Endless Night is a cleverly worked tale with elements of the gothic horror about it. According to the website it was of Agatha Christie’s favourite books, and perhaps my opinions are too coloured by modern crime novels. The main character, Michael visits a property called Gipsy’s Acre, a house that’s been cursed by the Gypsies. However he falls in love with the land and strives to achieve his dream of living there, despite numerous warnings from the locals and mysterious accidents. This book is slow to get going, but do perservere there is a splendid twist at the end which came truly out of the blue and made the lengthy set up suddenly all become clear. Christie doesn’t waste her words. Still this hasn’t been one of my favourites – Ill tackle Then There Were None next!
6 out of 10 stars ******!