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Endless Night Mass Market Paperback – January 7, 2002
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ENDLESS NIGHT presents us with Mike, a restless young man who has drifted from job to job without seeming to find any true satisfaction--and a young man who is fascinated by "Gipsy's Acre," a plot of land in rural England said to be cursed by the Gipsies who once lived there and who were driven away. While walking the property, which has come up for sale, he meets an attractive young American woman, and a whirlwind courtship ensues. It is not until well into the relationship that the woman, Ellie, discloses that she is rich. And not just rich: she is the heiress to a fabulous fortune.
The two marry and hire a noted architect to construct the perfect home on Gipsy's Acre--but no sooner are they installed then the property's legendary curse begins to unfold. A local gipsy woman warns them of bad luck; rocks are flung through windows; a bird is found pinned to the front door with a dagger. And they are surrounded by Ellie's relatives and business relations, all of whom seem to have hidden agendas and none of whom like the fact that Ellie has been torn from their control.
Many Christie novels can be read in a single sitting, but ENDLESS NIGHT has an unusually slow build--and Christie defies her detractors, who often accused her of purely mechanical construction, by creating an atmosphere that collects into deepest darkness before the novel's startling conclusion.Read more ›
To give you what you're looking for without comparing this book with others, I found Endless Night to be a fantastic mystery. It is the only Christie that I have read more than once. It's wonderfully creepy, although not a traditional "murder mystery." A few very well placed surprises catch you off your guard and make this one of the most original books she's written. I highly recommend it.
I also recommend that you move on to another web page. You've got to be careful when reading reviews of mysteries. Someone's bound to say too much, which is the case here. I strongly, STRONGLY urge you to read no further in these critiques.
UPDATE: It appears that since I wrote this review, many of the spoiler reviews have disappeared. You may be able to read on without spoilers, but I suggest sticking with the "helpful" reviews.
Initially "Endless Night" reads a little bit like a fairytale. Michael Rogers is a poor but ambitious young man who writes of his fascination for a stretch of wooded land known as Gipsy's Acre, said to be cursed by the gypsies that were turned off it (and is in fact based on a real legend of a similarly named patch of land in Wales). A chance meeting with a beautiful young woman under the fir trees leads to a whirlwind romance, an elopement, and the revelation that she is in fact a very wealthy heiress. Suddenly all of Michael's dreams are within his reach, and together he and Ellie build their dream house on Gipsy's Acre.
But from the very first page of his narrative, Michael makes it clear that disaster is on the horizon. It is impossible to say much more without giving away the entire book, (even the identity of the murder victim should be kept under wraps) but "Endless Night" ends up being one of Christie's most haunting novels, and certainly the best of her late work.
Readers who are ploughing through Christie's books in chronological order (or who are at least familiar with her writing) may recognize some of the techniques she utilizes in order to shape the plot. There is one plot device in particular that she has used to great effect in the past, and some long-time readers may pick up on it as they read. However, even if one does figure it out, the realization does little to sully the enjoyment of the story; if anything, it simply makes the slow build-up even more disturbing.
But the story is unique in other ways.Read more ›
While Christie's own legacy may have precluded her branching out creatively, if indeed she had any desire to do so, her popularity afforded her over half a century to hone her skills as a writer. In terms of the depth of her characters, Endless Night is the pinnacle of her career. In contrast to her earlier works where a cast of stock characters are carried by a continuous stream of plot twists and (in most cases) the strong central character of Poirot or Miss Marple, Endless Night gives us characters than can stand on their own. The tragic central figure of Michael Rogers is illuminated by the plot not simply swept along as a piece of it.
At heart this story is not a murder mystery but a tragedy. Having purchased enough Agatha Christie books to fill three shelves I mean no disrespect when I say that I am certain that an element of her massive sales lies in the fact that most of her books are not ideal for a second reading, at least until sufficient time has passed that the details of the plot have been forgotten. But by 1967 Christie had matured as a writer and gave us Endless Night, a novel that resonates all the more deeply upon a second reading. It is no wonder that she listed it among her personal favorites.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Intriguing story , did not work out what was happening until quite late in the story. Interesting for Agatha to write in the first person . This totally throws one off the track. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Lyn KREBS
Lame. I like a good Agatha Christie, this isn't one of them. Her attempt at narration as a semi-delinquent shiftless young man doesn't come off at all, hardly surprising when the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Orwell
This novel is a stand alone by Agatha Christie, so Poirot or Marple are nowhere to be found. The story is told in first person and while not an overly dark tale, there is plenty... Read morePublished 13 days ago by @GroupOfFour
On every "page turner" list by only my all time favorite mystery writer. I read this book over 30 years ago so felt it was long enough ago to read it again. So GOOD!Published 13 days ago by Colleendub
I guess I'm a hopeless romantic, but I never dreamed it would end as it did. Agatha does it again! Great story!Published 1 month ago by Charlie D.
And rather disturbing. A psychological thriller like I never expected. Brilliantly done. Agatha Christie truly was the queen of mystery.Published 1 month ago by alane farmer
Though not her best work by far, this is definitely an above average Christie, written in her later years. It is a standalone novel, not featuring Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike