‘Endless Night’ is another gem by our beloved mystery queen. A powerful first-narration not only makes this book a unique among all her works, but also gives us another glimpse of Christie’s powerful writing. While writing a book in first-person narrative is not an easy task, this type of narration has its own beauty. It helps the writer to take the readers directly into the mind of a character. If used carefully, such a narration can offer something both authoritative and transformative. And, that’s what we witness in the book under review. For me, this book has a certain charm, which is difficult to express in words.
A critically acclaimed book ‘Endless Night’ takes you into an enjoyable thrilling ride. Though you do not find Christie’s popular detectives in this piece of work, you do not miss them. In fact, it will be fair to say that this is not a typical Agatha mystery. While the murders take place quite late in the book, the suspense is engendered from the very first page and maintained throughout the book. You always feel that something bad is going to happen. This book can be compared with ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’. However, this book lacks the complexity that ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ has. ‘Endless night’, on the other hand, is a creepy tale with a disturbing ending. In another words, this book unmasks another face of evil in a genuinely spine-chilling atmosphere.
The book takes us to the world of Michael Rogers, a charming and attractive young man. The story has been narrated from his point of view and he has a heavy presence in the novel as its main narrator. He is a person who cannot stick to one job for a long time. After marrying one of the richest women in the world, Michael moves into a beautiful house. However, this house is having some sort of a curse upon it and strange things start to happen. And, finally a murder takes place leading to two more murders, and then one more. Was this house really haunted? Or, was some human criminal mind at work? I am not going to reveal anything more as it would act as a spoiler.
The ending of this book will not take the wind out of your sails as it is not a complicated murder mystery. At the same time, you will not get disappointed. This is the beauty of this book. This book satisfies you in a different way. The ending of this book goes on to explain the motivation of actions depicted in the novel. In a way, this book can be categorized as a psychological novel where interior monologues have been employed to illustrate the working of a human mind.
In the end, I would say – a believable story stuffed with common knowledge and psychological insights and, yes, a story with those elements that make Agatha Christie ‘the Mystery Queen’. Go for it if you have not read it so far. A must read for Agatha Christie fans.