Genre: Mystery/Cozy Mystery/Suspense/Classic
Publication Date: January 1922
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Friendship, Working Together, Trust, Trust Own Instincts,
Bravery, Identity, Courage, Loyalty
Young and energetic Tommy and Tuppence are extremely close, but they find themselves in desperate need of money. Determined to take on any job, they find themselves intertwined with the mysterious Mr. Whittington.
Quickly, their adventure spirals into a mission that is more dangerous than they ever could imagine. Here comes a plot filled with a missing person, an informative piece of paper that everyone seems to want, and a simple act that occurred five years prior that could risk several people’s lives, including Tommy’s and Tuppence’s.
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Agatha Christie’s books, but for whatever reason have never read one. When I saw that James was holding an Agatha Christie Readathon for April, I jumped on the chance to try at least a couple of her books. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of joy I had while reading The Secret Adversary.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was Christie’s writing style. There was something just so light and airy toward the beginning of the book. Then, when the more suspenseful parts of the book began to take over, Christie changed her tone to one that grasped my hand and quickly pulled me along for the suspenseful ride. It was a clever trick – to give the reader a false sense of security that this might be a light read, but it actually turns out to be an extremely eventful ride where I found my heart beating quickly several times throughout.
Tommy and Tuppence’s chemistry was sweet and one that I really loved reading. I knew from the beginning what their future would hold, and yet I was still happy for them. It would have been nice, however, to have gotten to know their backgrounds better. Though perhaps how they formed their friendship wasn’t what Christie was trying to portray.
As far as the mystery aspect of the story is concerned, I would say that I was partially right in solving it toward the end. I had my suspicions right from the beginning, but kept flip flopping between two potential “bad” guys. For this, I commend Christie’s ability to keep me guessing until the end.
There are several questions left for the readers to think about toward the end. Without giving too much away, some I have are – what happened to some people in the story? What was in the document that everyone wanted? Will we see the same characters in the subsequent books in the Tommy & Tuppence series?
Overall, this was a book that I enjoyed very much so and finally understand the love that people have for this author. Though I would have liked a bit more character development and to have known the answers to some of my questions, in general, I will definitely be checking out her other works!
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
13 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!