Book Review: Public Enemy Number Two

Review by Forest

Review by Forest

This is the second book in a mystery/thriller series called The Diamond Brothers.  This series was written by Anthony Horowitz, the same author as the Alex Rider series, so if you like that series you will love this book.

Nick Diamond lives with his brother and they are very poor.  His brother is a private eye but he hasn’t had any cases for a while and they are surviving on beans and toast.  He is visited by the police because they want him to go undercover to get some information, but

Nick refuses.  Then, on a field trip to a museum, he is framed for stealing a precious gem and sent to a high security prison.  He needs to prove he isn’t guilty, but first he needs to escape from prison.

Overall this is a really good book, and I would recommend reading this book.  If you are a fan of mysteries or even action thrillers with some added humor, this will be the book for you.

Thanks to our library assistant Forest, year 8, for writing this review.

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Book Review: And Then There Were None

“Ten little indians boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self, and then there were nine”.

AndThenThereWereNone10 characters.

A desert island.

A mysterious host.

That’s the setting of the Agatha Christie masterpiece, And Then There Were None. The plot of this amazing detective novel, which is the world’s best-selling mystery ever, has as its starting point a rhyme entitled “Ten Little Indians”. After being mysteriously invited by an unknown host to stay at a mansion on a deserted island, the ten guests are invited ​​to listen to a disc on which the voice of the owner of the house is recorded. The voice tells them that they were gathered there to expiate their crimes: in fact each of them is accused of a terrible crime for which they were never punished. It is with horror that, one by one, the characters in the house begin to die. And every death reflects a verse of the nursery rhyme…

The power of this novel lies in the suspense. In fact, as each character progressively dies, the circle of suspects narrows down and the tension rises. Trusting people becomes more and more dangerous and, as a macabre signal, each of the guests finds a copy of the rhyme in his room. Who’s going to be the next one? And, more important, under whose identity is the murderer hiding? But the writer manages to surpass herself. Clues, hidden symbols, amazing twists: Agatha Christie manages to write a finely crafted thriller where nothing is taken for granted and anything can happen.

If you like detective stories and thrillers, this is the book for you! Furthermore, several movies were made from the novel. The first film adaptation was in 1945 by director René SinitiniAvatarClair.  Even though the film is not the most recent, in my opinion, it is extremely well done and could be an excellent way to complement the reading of the book. – Thanks to Bianca S., Year 12 student, for writing this book review.