Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown

by Agatha Christie

5

In Agatha Christie’s gripping international thriller Destination Unknown, a woman at the end of her rope chooses a more exciting way to die when she embarks upon an almost certain suicide mission to find a missing scientist.

When a number of leading scientists disappear without a trace, concern grows within the international intelligence community. And the one woman who appears to hold the key to the mystery is dying from injuries sustained in a plane crash.

Meanwhile, in a Casablanca hotel room, Hilary Craven prepares to take her own life. But her suicide attempt is about to be interrupted by a man who will offer her an altogether more thrilling way to die. . . .

Destination Unknown is my favorite Agatha Christie novel (so far)! Pretty sure you now know how this review is going to go….

The weather was turning muggy and I wanted an Agatha Christie novel to take to the beach. Her stories are typically the perfect length and tone for a lazy weekend reading and listening to the waves crash on the shore. I wasn’t necessarily in the mood to peruse the next instalment of the Miss Marple or Piroit series, so I picked up one of her stand-alone stories. And I openly admit that I picked Destination Unknown solely because of the cover. I mean look at it! Airplanes! I was in.

(Don’t even pretend that you don’t pick up books because of the cover. WE ALL DO! That’s the whole point of books having a cover.)

The mystery and suspense is the best aspect of any Agatha Christie novel, so I will not be going into too much detail about the plot. I don’t want to spoil it! Just know the story was fantastic. The plot progressed quickly, with Christie providing just enough detail to keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Everything tied together perfectly and I didn’t figure out ‘who-dunnit’ before our heroine. And speaking of the heroine, I enjoyed reading this story from Hilary’s point of view. She is smart, witty, and surprisingly average making her a relatable character. Readers can easily connect with her emotions, which range from grief to hope to curiosity, and feel as if we are traveling the unknown roads right next to her. Hilary is the reason I enjoyed this story so much.

I do have one negative point and it contains SPOILERS. Look away if you must! I was left wanting more development when it comes to Hilary’s relationships. The last half of the book finds her forced into a relationship with one man while she is subtly developing feelings for another. I knew this was happening; I was all about it happening! I just wanted a little bit more. I wanted more passages detailing her struggles, her strain to keep up appearances, and her hopes for the future. We know she wants to escape but I wanted to know more about her hopes for after the planned escape. The ending felt a tad rushed and I wasn’t ready to say good-bye. That’s all for the negatives!

Agatha Christie is definitely the Queen of Suspense and Destination Unknown will be one of my top mystery recommendations of the year. It is perfect if you are in need of a quick summer suspense!

Let me know which story is your favorite by Agatha Christie and happy reading!

Lindsay

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Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing

by Susanna Kearsley

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Kate Murray is deeply troubled. In front of her lies a dead man, a stranger who only minutes before had spoken to her about a mystery, a long-forgotten murder and, most worryingly, her grandmother. His story was old, he had told her, but still deserving of justice. Soon Kate is caught up in a dangerous whirlwind of events that takes her back into her grandmother s mysterious war-time past and across the Atlantic as she tries to retrace the dead man s footsteps. Finding out the truth is not so simple, however, as only a few people are still alive who know the story and Kate soon realizes that her questions are putting their lives in danger. Stalked by an unknown and sinister enemy, she must use her tough journalistic instinct to find the answers from the past in order to have a future.

Hey everyone! I’m back! Thank you for being so patient during that unexpected three month break. I was having to deal with some life stuff that left little want and time for reviewing. But that’s in the past! I’m back for good, and I can’t think of a better way to jump back into the game than sharing my favorite mystery with you.

So, I’m not going to provide a synopsis because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything. However, I will share how I came to read Every Secret Thing. A few years back, I was in need of a historical mystery, and my friend, Rachel, recommended Susanna Kearsley. I browsed through her book list on Goodreads and stumbled upon this novel, which was originally published under Kearsley’s pseudonym, Emma Cole. I decided to try it out, and Every Secret Thing instantly became one of my favorite books.

Every time I open these pages, I am swept along on a harrowing adventure. Every time I anxiously will Kate to find the clues and to stay alive. Every time I am swept away in the romance of New York during World War II. And every time I find myself in tears, heartbroken over Deacon’s lost love. EVERY TIME! Because Kearsley provides characters that are so well developed with all their strengths and faults that it’s hard to remember Every Secret Thing not a true story. I am completely invested in the outcome of the story.

But it’s more than realistic characters that keeps me coming back. Kearsley’s descriptive settings carry you across the world. She expertly guides you on this thrilling ride and ties everything together in a way that leaves you sighing contently when you turn that last page. History and intrigue drips from every page. And Every Secret Thing contains the best love story I have ever read!

Honestly, I can not think of anything bad to say about this story. I love it so much that I try to get everyone I know to read it. It’s been a month since I last finished it, and well, I’m tempted to read it again. I will say that I haven’t read anything else by Susanna Kearsley, so I am unable to compare it to her other work. And this may not be the book for readers wanting an over the top sappy romance, because the love story is far from the typical romance story. But I personally find that a good thing.

Just read it! Please!

Lindsay