In 2021 I am joining the #ReadChristie challenge! This means that each month I will read a book by Agatha Christie, following the themes proposed by the Agatha Christie foundation. The theme for January is: story set in a grand house 🏠
If you would like to join the challenge or find out more information, here’s the official page.
The Hollow in a nutshell
The Angkatells, a wealthy family, invites a diverse group of friends to their place, The Hollow. Their plans for a relaxing weekend get-together are ruined when someone is murdered … and the weekend vibes turn into an ongoing investigation. Luckily, Hercule Poirot is there to help solve the mystery.
I enjoyed reading The Hollow, it was a captivating story to devour during a lazy Sunday afternoon. Once again, Agatha Christie showcased her mastery of first building the context and getting to know the characters, and then moving on to the murder mystery. I am sure each reader already has some suspects in mind when the murder happens.
But the most simple answer is not always the correct answer… or is it?
Hercule Poirot – confidant rather than leading detective
This was my second Poirot story, and I must say his role in The Hollow was quite different than his role in Death on the Nile (my review). Poirot was the main investigator for solving the murder mystery from Egypt. In contrast, in The Hollow Poirot had a secondary role, being more a confidant for key suspects rather than leading the investigation.
It seems that Agatha Christie chose to not include Poirot in the theatrical version of the story. I could see the story being similarly good also without Poirot, but I personally prefer the version that includes the charm of the detective.
If you are keen on reading insightful posts about Christie’s book, check out this blog: Ah Sweet Mystery Blog! I discovered it through the discussion of The Hollow written by Brad – the post is extremely interesting (contains spoilers!) and provides an in-depth view on the whole story.
To conclude, The Hollow is an entertaining murder mystery novel. The complex relationships among the characters and the dynamics of the story will keep you hooked until you reach the final page, when justice is made (or maybe not?!)
Next month I will be reading a story featuring love – Parker Pyne Investigates! ❤
‘Till next time … happy reading!