Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)
Author: Agatha Christie
The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.
Wow! So I definitely judged this book to be outdated and not-relatable because of the publication age date. Nevertheless, it was the complete opposite. Christie adds a slight sense of humor from some characters (Poirot and Caroline) in order to add lightness to a grave murder.
Murder, blackmail, drug abuse, and suicide…this sounds like a novel that could very well take place in the present. Why is it always that deceit has a direct correlation with love? That self-preservation seems more important than justice at times? Christie makes a clear representation of society as it is and always will be…we are all guilty of putting our best interests in front of justice at times. But does that mean it’s right? No. Sometimes we judge others before finding out the entire truth. Just like in this novel, it was easy for the upper class to assume that the lower class: the servants or poor, were most likely suspect to the murder. However, we see that most times, that is not the case.
The author does a great job of keeping both the audience, as well as the characters, in suspense throughout the journey, while at the same time sending us some clues along the way. I found it interesting that one character, although static, seems to be the most in tune with the facts instead of basing off of personal preference. While Caroline is the epitome of a Drama Queen, she also seems to be the only logical person aside from Poirot. The ending really gives readers the “Aha!” moment that we all look so tirelessly for at the end of a fulfilling read.
always bear in the mind that the person who speaks may be lying
One thing that I really liked about this novel is that we got a look inside each of the suspects’ lives. With that being said, since they were the ones describing their whereabouts at the time of the murder, the reader only gets to see the suspects’ sides. But be careful…because not everything is at it seems. All of the suspects lie…whether largely or little white lies. The murderer may come as a surprise to some, but I suspected this person all along. Can you find out who the killer is before the truth becomes clear?
JANUARY 2018 MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION