Monday, 9 September 2013

''Sad Cypress''- Book Review

Author: Agatha Christie
Published: 1940

Genres: Novels, Mystery, Suspense

Rating: 3 out of 5


Sad Cypress is the first courtroom drama in Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot series. In this novel, Elinor Carlisle is accused of murdering Mary Gerrard. All the evidences are against Elinor. It is apparent that only Elinor had the motive and the opportunity of committing the murder. But Peter Lord, a doctor, loves her so deeply that he does not care if she is really innocent or not. He just wants Elinor to be saved from the gallows. For this, he asks Poirot to investigate the case, find evidences that might be used in Elinor's favor. When Poirot starts investigating, he realizes that things are not as simple as they seem to be.
I didn't really love Sad Cypress. I expected more from it, after coming across so many positive reviews. But however, I enjoyed it. I didn't feel boring while reading. The first part, told from Elinor's perspective, was really quite entertaining, deep and even intense at times (Elinor's thoughts were really intense). The second and third parts were well-paced and nice as well. The characters, especially Elinor, were well developed. But it didn't have the suspense that I have found, so far, in Christie's novels (there was a lot of suspense, though, in the first part). The solution of the mystery was okay, I didn't think it was bad. It was a compelling read, but it could have been better with a little more suspense.

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