Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

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I am on a journey through the old Agatha Christie books that I read a long, long time ago. I want to reaffirm my faith in what drew me to them in the first place. It was my introduction to psychological crimes but the restraint in the description helps a younger audience only see what it wants. Once you are more experienced, I feel like we draw more visual cues from crime scenes and therefore change the atmosphere.

Since I have had a very demanding reading list, I have not gotten very far with the reading, the other books reviewed being

Funnily enough after I picked this book, I noticed that it has been in the news recently with it being televised and the debate that it threw up. On reading the review of the on-screen version, I have a feeling I would be outraged too. This story begins with and is about two do-gooders. One of them is the victim herself and the other is the man who brings everything back into focus. The idea of doing the right thing is the fascinating thought studied from multiple angles in this book. Mrs Argyle with the large heart and the need to provide and sustain unwanted children is not satisfactorily rewarded and Dr Calgary is trying to right a wrong which he unknowingly caused by having amnesia. The cast of the Argyle family is varied and each bring something to the table. The news that Dr Calgary has brought effectively means that the culprit was never caught.

I remembered the ending, and that took a bit off the excitement, but if you have not read the book, it is interesting to watch the plot unravel. The people and their responses to emotional situations was what hooked me to the author all those years ago and I found it can tug at me still.

P.S: I am back into my reading groove and have recently received more Advance Reviewer copies, so am looking forward to the next month!

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