Date finished: 29 October 2011
Rating: 4.5 stars
Source: Borrowed from local library’s eBook site
Genre: Thriller; Mystery/Crime
(Originally) Published: by Collins Crime Club in November 1939
The Synopsis [taken from Waterstones.com]
Despite not spending much time on anything but the characters’ backgrounds/thoughts and, obviously, the action, the story has a brilliant atmosphere in a classic trapped-in-a-huge-mansion-in-a-storm kind of way. On top of that, as the characters become more suspicious of their remaining companions and more nervous (sleep deprivation and a sense of impending death is no good for a happy group dynamic), the tension becomes almost palpable and is hard to escape from. I barely put the book down and pretty much read it in two sittings. That is extremely rare for me and a testament to how completely sucked in to the story I was.
There isn’t much more I can say without giving too much away. At only 172 ePages/224 pages in paperback, this is an extremely quick read that is packed full on suspense, intrigue, murder and secrets. If it’s gloomy and you have a couple of hours to kill, read this – it’s perfect autumn fodder!