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Topic: Someone tell me how And Then There Were None ends please (spoilers)

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Subject: Someone tell me how And Then There Were None ends please (spoilers)
Date Posted: 6/18/2008 3:37 PM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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I had never read the book but I just finished a game based on it. I know enough of the story that it would be boring to read now but I wanna know some things about the book cause the game leaves some stuff out. ! is Narracott in the book for real or is he an added character in the game 2 if he is a real character what happens to him in the end?

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:26 PM ET
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I love And Then There Were None!  Naracott is a minor character, he ferries the guests to the island in the beginning and that's all.  I played the game as well and it follows the book pretty closely except that the 10 guests are alone on the island (well 8, plus the Rogers couple).  They discover that they're alone there and that the boat from the mainland is not coming back.  They hear the record accuse them of their crimes (although some of the crimes are slightly different, Vera Claythorne for instance is accused of letting a little boy drown on purpose).  One by one they die (here the game follows the book).  The book is great, it has a wonderful build up of tension and paranoia as the "less guilty" ones die first. 

When there are 4 left the doctor disappears and the others assume he was the murderer.  Blore and Lombard go out to hunt for him, they separate and Blore is killed.  Lombard and Claythorne then find the doctors body together.  Each assumes the other is the killer.  In a panic Vera kills Lombard.  Then realizing she's going to be hanged for the crimes and being crazy from the stress she kills herself.  The police eventually find the 10 people mysteriously dead on the island.

The final chapter is a letter written by the Judge.  He reveals that he'd always wanted to commit a murder, but would only kill the guilty, he couldn't hurt anyone innocent so he'd found all these people who were murderers but had gotten away with it.  He convinced the doctor to help fake his (the judge's) death, then he killed the doctor and everyone else thought he was already dead.  He writes this confession and seals it in a bottle because he wants someone to know how clever he was.  Then he kills himself. 

The book is really worth reading, its real creepy.  Also the 1945 movie version is great but not as dark.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:47 PM ET
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I love that book too...it's my favorite all-time mystery, actually. And the old movie version is also one of my favorites, and I'm not even an old movie buff! I would encourage you to go ahead and read it, though it certainly wouldn't be AS good knowing the ending. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:53 PM ET
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Once I know the ending I cant get into a book. Ive tried with several books Memoirs of a Geisha being one. No matter how well its written is just not fun anymore. Especially with a mystery cause most of the fun is figuring it out.

I did realize about half way through the game that I knew the story just not that version of it. The movie Mind Hunters is pretty much a blatant rip off of this story. Its good though, I didnt figure it out till really close to the end. I can usually tell who done it about halfway through but I keep reading cause I dont know for sure.