RELEASE DATE: Dec. 29, 2020
In December 1926, thriller author Agatha Christie actually did disappear for 11 days. Was it a hoax? Or did her husband resort to foul play?
When Agatha meets Archie on a dance ground in 1912, the obscure but good-looking pilot rapidly sweeps her off her toes along with his daring. Archie appears smitten together with her. Defying her household’s expectations, Agatha consents to marry Archie somewhat than her meant, the dependable but boring Reggie Lucy. Though the battle retains them aside, straining their early marriage, Agatha finds significant work as a nurse and dispensary assistant, jobs that train her rather a lot about poisons, data that helps form her early brief tales and novels. Whereas Agatha’s profession thrives after the battle, Archie suffers setback after setback. Decided to maintain her man joyful, Agatha finds herself cooking elaborate meals, squelching her pure affections for his or her daughter (in spite of everything, Archie should at all times really feel like crucial particular person in her life), and downplaying her personal troubles, together with her grief over her mom’s loss of life. Nonetheless, Archie grows more and more morose. Actually, he’s away from residence the day Agatha disappears. By the point Detective Chief Constable Kenward arrives, Agatha has already been lacking for a day. After discovering—and burning—a mysterious letter from Agatha, Archie is lower than keen to assist the police. His reluctance and vanity work in opposition to him, and shortly the police, the newspapers, the Christies’ employees, and even his daughter’s classmates suspect him of harming his spouse. Benedict concocts a worthy thriller of her personal, as chapters alternate between Archie’s negotiation of the investigation and Agatha’s recounting of their relationship. She retains the reader guessing: Which narrator is dependable? Who’s the true villain?
A compelling portrait of a wedding gone desperately bitter.
Pub Date: Dec. 29, 2020
Web page Rely: 288
Writer: Sourcebooks Landmark
Assessment Posted On-line: Sept. 30, 2020
Kirkus Opinions Challenge: Oct. 15, 2020
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