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Endless Night by Agatha Christie
When penniless Michael Rogers discovers the beautiful house at Gypsy's Acre and then meets the heiress Ellie, it seems that all his dreams have come true at once. But he ignores an old woman's warning of an ancient curse, and evil begins to stir in paradise. As Michael soon learns: Gypsy's Acre is the place where fatal "accidents" happen.
"Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night."
I have to admit I bought this book especially because of the gothic feel. I mean the raven and the moon on the cover, the curse mentioned in the synopsis. And then I found out it was named after a line from a poem by William Blake. I couldn't leave without it.
Mike Rogers is the main character and also the narrator of the story. At the beginning he was rather chaotic and I wasn't sure about this whole book. But later on the story become really sinister, even though nothing seriously bad happened. But many characters were introduced and I started to suspect that person then someone else. In the end I was suspecting everyone! All the characters were ambiguous and I couldn't tell what they were really like. What they really wanted.
The whole time there was the constant feeling that there was something very wrong, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Overall the book has a serious tone. Don't expect witty remarks about English cuisine or other cultural jokes, no dry sense of humour. This is nothing like Poirot or Marple.
I really liked all of that, yet it wasn't the best book by Christie I've read. Many things from this story I have already seen in her other books, which I liked better. All in all, this was a really dark mystery with a double twist at the end. Not superb, but still enjoyable.