Jeffrey Round was a pleasant discovery of the last year for me. I am always happy to find a new mystery author whose writing completely meets my expectations. It is why I didn't hesitate to ask for an ARC, even if this novel wasn't offered in a LGBT genre. (Though it is not completely "free" from the LGBT theme.)
Endgame is a modern version of one of the most popular novel by Agatha Christie. I think, that if you ever heard about this woman, you HAVE to know this novel, and you'll recognize it immediately. If not, you won't be at a disadvantage, trying desperately to remember WHO an WHY did it in Agatha Christie novel und compare the events in the both versions.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the quick pace of the story. And because I didn't remember myself who was the murderer in the original novel, I racked my brain up to the very end, wondering who could invest such an extensive effort in carrying this evil plan through.
I don't know if it is just me, or if it was the author's intention, but I actually didn't hate or dislike
the persons who have been invited to Shark Island to celebrate a reunion of the popular punk-rock group of the eighties Ladykillers, that had broke up in the late nineties.
Very soon it becomes clear that the random guests, inclusive the 3 remaining members of the group and the hired service personnel have something in common...namely they are directly or indirectly related to the tragic death of a young woman from an overdose at one of the band's party back in the past. I understand that she could have been survived if all those people acted differently, but I see it rather as a chain of unfortunate circumstances, mistakes and events
that led up to the accident.
It is why it is difficult to me to understand all this huge hatred and murderous rage that motivated the murderer to execute this perverse plan. The eighties and the drugs. As Max, a leader of the group said:
"We were all stoned on heroin at the time. It was just the thing to do back then. You know what they say- if you rmember the eighties, you weren't really there."
So, yes, I don't see the girl as a innocent victim. She HAD to know better.
A solid entertaining mystery novel a là Agatha Christie, an interesting remake
of one of her most popular works. **Copy provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**