Today, I'll be reviewing the 24th mystery in the Hercule Poirot series.
The Hollow (Hercule Poirot #24) by Agatha Christie
“Henrietta!” the dying man said for all to hear. Was it an accusation?
A gunshot had rung across the grounds and drawn the weekend guests to the swimming pool.
There laid the body of John, and all Henrietta could do was stare in horror at the gun in Gerda’s hand. Gerda stood dazed, looking down at the limp body of her husband. While Veronica, the murdered man’s childhood sweetheart, had just visited The Hollow the night before.
Was one of these women guilty of murder? Hercule Poirot would have to uncover the motive of this crime—for it appeared an act of passion...
The Hollow is unlike any book in the Poirot series. The premise is unique, the setting inviting, and the cast of characters bewitching. But despite these impressive elements, there is one key component that is missing from the popular mystery: danger.
Many times throughout the story, Poirot insists that the featured crime was committed by a calculated killer—one that would stop at nothing to get his/her way. However, the narration fails to invoke the sense of threat and menace that is so often discussed.
In addition to this shortcoming, there is another fault that can't be overlooked. When evaluating the pace of the story, it’s clear that the discovery of the murderer’s identity is short and rushed in comparison to preceding events. While the investigation is illustrated throughout 200 pages, the crime is solved so surprisingly quickly, it makes the story anticlimactic.
Despite these drawbacks, The Hollow is a fine novel. Nonetheless, there are far better picks in the Poirot series to choose from.
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