Oh Mon Dieu! Wasn’t this a magnifique read! This was indeed a delicious read from beginning to end.
This book is about a luxurious trip that brutally turns into a murder investigation. One night, Mr Rachett had been stabbed twelve times in the chest. Famous Detective Hercule Poirot embarks on a journey of investigating the crime in question, by questionning every passenger on the train before the murderer strikes again!
I don’t know how to start expressing my feelings about this book. First, I very much loved how every chapter title is a summary of the chapter the reader proceeds to read, preparing them for what’s to come.
Second, who doesn’t like reading about train thrillers? I mean I loved The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins and Strangers on A Train By Patricia Highsmith but they surely do not compare to this.
When I read Crooked House right before this book, I didn’t think it could be topped. But here, and somehow with Poirot present, everything is so much better.
No Poirot, no fun.
It was indeed very satisfying to just live in those scenes in the dining-car, as Poirot fetches the train passengers one by one. And It struck me at first how none of them seemed to be telling lies while speaking about their whereabouts the night of the murder and about their knowledge of the Armstrong affair.
What was really intriguing in the first hundred and fifty pages is that, although every suspect on the train answered every one of the Detective’s burning questions, nothing was exactly adding up, but neither Poirot, nor Dr. Constantine and Mr. Bouc, the director of the Wagon Lits company stop here. And it only gets interesting from then on because the reader begins to be acquainted with the fact that there’s a lot of elements involved in the story such as the intensity of trust, fidelity and also the architecture of the crime, especially how cleverly it was plotted and the amusing way Poirot decides to handle the case after actually discovering the guilty party.
I believe Murder on The Orient Express is the ultimate thrilling and terrifying read I’ve ever experienced. And I therefore highly recommend it.