Review of “The Christie Affair” by Nina de Gramont

  3 star review


There were 11 days when Agatha Christie disappeared from her home after her husband announced he was leaving her for another woman. This is the story behind that disappearance.

My thoughts:

I thought this book was going to be great. But it was slow paced and quite boring. I also did not think the ending really provided me closure. There were a lot of things left unanswered and hanging in the air.

I also found the jumping timelines and POVs confusing at times.

The story was well-written, and the plot was unique. I think what makes it unique is the POVs.

The point of view was mainly of Nan O’Dea, the mistress partly responsible for breaking up Agatha’s marriage. I found it interesting that the author made Agatha not the main character. Since it was not Agatha providing the details of her disappearance, we rely on the narrator’s imagination/re-telling of it.  I think the author missed the point of the story that we really wanted- Agatha’s. Even after getting Nan’s backstory, she still appears to be the villain. She described Agatha (beloved to her readers) as something we all know she was not.

I wanted more details of her disappearance, but what I got was Nan’s backstory. I was a little disappointed in that.

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