finished reading

I wanted to love this book.  But I didn't.  Based on the real eleven-day disappearance of Agatha Christie I was hooked by the premise. I can't decide if the portrayal of Agatha Christie as a simpering desperate housewife or her husband Archie, as a self-absorbed narcissist turned me off.  Maybe it was the construction of the novel--the narrative shifts point of view and neither view builds empathy.  I had higher hopes for it.  It makes me want to revisit Christie's novels.

From the publisher:
In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car—strange for a frigid night. Her husband and daughter have no knowledge of her whereabouts, and England unleashes an unprecedented manhunt to find the up-and-coming mystery author. Eleven days later, she reappears, just as mysteriously as she disappeared, claiming amnesia and providing no explanations for her time away.

The puzzle of those missing eleven days has persisted. With her trademark exploration into the shadows of history, acclaimed author Marie Benedict brings us into the world of Agatha Christie, imagining why such a brilliant woman would find herself at the center of such a murky story.

What is real, and what is mystery? What role did her unfaithful husband play, and what was he not telling investigators?

A master storyteller whose clever mind may never be matched, Agatha Christie’s untold history offers perhaps her greatest mystery of all.

1 comment:

The Gal Herself said...

I smiled as I read this because I thought it was just me. There's a movie about this called Agatha, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman. With that cast and this subject matter, how could it miss? It's so freaking DULL! Just as I've given up on the movie, I'll avoid this book,