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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  24,996 ratings  ·  2,308 reviews
Gipsy’s Acre was a truly beautiful upland site with views out to sea – and in Michael Rogers it stirred a child-like fantasy. There, amongst the dark fir trees, he planned to build a house, find a girl and live happily ever after. Yet, as he left the village, a shadow of menace hung over the land. For this was the place where accidents happened. Perhaps Michael should have ...more
Paperback, Agatha Christie Collection, 303 pages
Published 2007 by Harper (first published October 30th 1967)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Endless Night, Agatha Christie

Every night and every morn, Some to misery are born, Every morn and every night, Some are born to sweet delight. Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night. WILLIAM BLAKE

The story begins with Michael telling us about his time as a chauffeur and how he met the architect Rudolph Santonix. He plans to one day have a house built by Santonix.

Michael is walking along a village road near the Gipsy's Acre property one day when he meets Ellie, a weal
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Delee
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Delee by: Ivonne Rovira
In my end is just my beginning...

After reading A LOT of Agatha Christie novels in the past, ENDLESS NIGHT- I would have to say- is one of her best, and very different from her others...

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The story is narrated by Michael Rogers- a charming attractive young man- who is a bit of a loner. Michael is unsure about quite a few things in his life, but there are two things he knows for certain. He wants to be rich, and he wants to find a lady and settle down. Out for a walk one day he spots a Sale Bill for
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Suzy
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I usually read Agatha Christie to unwind, and although they always guarantee a highly enjoyable hour filled with chuckles and gasps, there is an element of 'lightness' and dismissal involved.

Well, that serves me right. This book smacked the patronizing smirk right off my face and I'm drooling on the floor, well and truly humbled. Written lightly, as always, but for the first time, the weight of evil - the kind of evil that wears perfume, goes shopping and is grumpy in the morning - makes its pr
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Bionic Jean
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Endless Night was one of Agatha Christie's own favourite novels, and one which received the most critical acclaim on its publication in 1967. It is her 58th detective novel. The title is a reference to William Blake's "Auguries of Innocence",

"Every night and every morn,
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night,
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night."


One of the characters sings and plays this at pertinent points during the book, and i
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Richard Derus
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am always sad when I think of this book. Dame Agatha was already in decline due to dementia when, in six short weeks, she flowered this novel. It is the last true Christie novel in the sense that it demonstrates her strengths more clearly than her diminishing powers would ever allow again. That is why I give it four stars.

The story is unremarkable, and in lesser hands would be a tedious oft-told tale. But stop a moment when you feel your eyes start to roll and hold this thought: One of mystery
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W
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Michael Rogers,a working class man,meets Ellie Guteman,a heiress.They get married,and live at Gypsy's Acre,a country house.There isn't any happily ever after for them.

There is supposedly a curse at Gypsy's Acre.And then,things go very wrong.The book gets bogged down in the middle,before working its way to a violent climax.

A dark and sinister tale,with a total surprise of an ending.
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Crime by the Book
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My thoughts on my re-read: http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2017/8...

Absolutely loved my re-read of this book!!! I've considered it my favorite Christie read for years now, but was long overdue for a re-read. Happy to report it's just as brilliant (and chilling) as I remember it.
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Mansuriah Hassan
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: agatha-christie
This is a chilling stand alone novel by Agatha Christie. Endless Night is quite different than Agatha Christie's Poirot or Marple series. The story is narrated by the main character, Micheal Rogers, a young man with grandeur ideas but with no obvious means of attaining it. He is fascinated with Gipsy's Acre - a plot of land in rural England that is said to be cursed by the Gypsies who once lived there and who were driven away.

While walking around the property that has come up for sale, he meets
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Vikas Singh
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
This novel is quite different from any other work of Agatha Christie. The beginning is slow and the reader has to make too much effort to stay glued. It becomes increasingly difficult till first half of the novel to make sense of what is happening. Then Christie's brilliance kicks in. The last few pages are the best that I have ever read in any of Christie's novels. A blockbuster novel
Incidentally Bollywood flick Aar Ya Paar was loosely based on this novel
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jade
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: murder mystery fans
Recommended to jade by: Shannon { Library Girl Reading }
‘look here,’ i said, ‘people like to collect disasters. that’s the way stories build themselves up about a place.’

another murder mystery standalone involving a love story and a possibly cursed property. buddy read with shannon :)

there’s a couple of things in endless night that felt distinctly different from the usual in a agatha christie murder mystery. first up, the setting and imagery: it’s reminiscent of gothic horror, putting a strange but grand house at the forefront of the stor
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Jason Koivu
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, crime, mystery
The last fifth of Endless Night was really good! The other fifths? Not so good.

This novel reads like a gothic romance horror soap opera...so, a little like the old Dark Shadows tv show. Only the gothic horror isn't particularly scary. Hell, it's not really even spooky. Soap Opera though? Yeah, I'm feeling that!

Here's the deal. This lacks the razor-sharp writing of Agatha Christie's earlier work, where a premium was placed on word economy. It meanders. For instance, the narrator is very chatty. D
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Lotte
3.5/5 stars! (view spoiler) ...more
Vanessa J.
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every morn and every night,
Some are born to sweet delight.
Every morn and every night,
Some are born to endless night.


When people mention Agatha Christie to me, I always think about a woman writing murder mysteries. You know those: Someone is killed and another someone wants to figure out who's the responsible for that death. Getting into gothic passages, though, is not something I imagined her to do.

More than 60% of this book consists on getting to know our narrator Michael - Mike - Rogers. H
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Janete
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it very much! I read this book in just one sitting.
BrokenTune
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
"I’d no real idea that that wasn’t all there was to it. I suppose it happens to everyone sooner or later and it happens suddenly. You don’t think as you imagine you’re going to think: ‘This might be the girl for me… This is the girl who is going to be mine.’ At least, I didn’t feel it that way. I didn’t know that when it happened it would happen quite suddenly. That I would say: ‘That’s the girl I belong to. I’m hers. I belong to her, utterly, for always.’ No. I never dreamed it would be like th ...more
Kat | Rustic Pages
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Per usual, I really enjoyed Christie’s beautiful writing style. My one ‘complaint’ with the story is that unfortunately, I guessed who did it right off that bat. It was almost a little too obvious where I was hoping for some other twist to really catch me by surprise, but unfortunately this was not the case. That being said, I’ve been finding this problem with many of her books in that they contain a lot of tropes that though I’m sure she was one of the first to start them, they are now overly d ...more
Amy *Waitforit*
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: murder, mystery
2.5 stars - A Strange tale

I want to start by saying I love Agatha Christie, I have read pretty much all of her books and Poirot is on my list of fictional characters I would love to have dinner with.

But

I have to say that I really did not enjoy this story nearly as much as I hoped I would. The story is told by Michael, a young man with little money and big expectations who marries Ellie (an innocent young rich girl). The story surrounds 'Gipsy Acre', a large house and plot of land in the English
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mark monday
Dec 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You: know a place!
Where the grass is really greener!
Warm, wet, and wild
There must be something in the water!

You: could travel the world!
But nuthin’ comes close
To the golden coast!
Once you party with her
You’ll be fallin’ in love!
Oh-oh-oh oh oh ohhh

If you decide to follow love to its logical conclusion, choose http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

If you decide that it is time to give up on love and just get out there and start partying, choose http://www.goodreads.com/
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Sheila Beaumont
One of Agatha Christie's later mysteries (published in 1967), Endless Night is also one of her best. The twist at the end is brilliant. I have read it three times. The first time I read it, at least 12 years ago, she really fooled me, though when I reread it much later, I could see that the clues are all there if you can put them together right. This time I listened to the audiobook, with Hugh Fraser's excellent narration.
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Alex
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favourite Christie novel in the non- Poirot non- Ms. Marple category. At it's very core, Endless Night is a beautiful and sad love story. It is so much different from Christie's other works. Brilliant and sad. Enjoyed every moment of reading this great book. ...more
F.R.
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, this is an interesting little oddity. If I’d picked this novel up blind, not knowing who the author was, then I think I could have got through the first few chapters without being able to guess. Here is a narrator who is just so un-Christie. For a start he’s very much working class, your callow and unpolished drifter. A good looking and smooth-talking boy, who at points seemed to me like he’d strayed in from a Joe Orton play. The tone is very un-Christie too, and Michael Roberts – the narr ...more
fleurette
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, murderer
This is not my favorite Christie book, although it does have my favorite twist. Still, it wasn't my style.

There is a twist that I can't tell you about because I will reveal the clou of the whole book (but maybe I'll write something in spoilers below) that I absolutely love. And this very twist has appeared in this book. Unfortunately for me, it was way too late, and by that time I had completely lost interest in this story.

This is by no means a bad story. Just not to my liking. And it seems to m
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Susan
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a stand -alone novel by Agatha Christie and is one that I had not read before. I have to admit that Christie is undoubtedly my favourite author of all time and, whether re-visiting favourite characters such as Poirot, or coming to one of her books for the first time, it always feels as though you are reading something familiar. In fact, immersing yourself in a Christie novel is rather like slipping into a warm pool and being taken effortlessly on a journey – she is the most capable plott ...more
Dr. Laurel Young
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Had I never read Agatha Christie's other works, I might well be giving Endless Night 5 stars--genuinely creepy atmosphere, a challenging narrative voice for her to carry off (that of a young working-class man), and a breathtaking twist at the end...what's not to love? Well, in my case, the trouble is that she's done the best elements of this novel before, and done them better earlier in her long career. She's taken one of her all-time most brilliant and shocking ideas from The Murder of Roger Ac ...more
Helio
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I knew this story was not going to have a happy ending. It had miserable wooden characters in an intriguing situation: poor man marries rich woman to live on cursed land. The man was a scoundrel and the author did little to persuade the reader why the woman fell for him. The first two thirds dragged like a painter haphazardly slapping paint on a canvas. The story became interesting in the last third as a fuzzy picture came to emerge of what had been going on. The characters were unlikeable; the ...more
Tina Rae
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers or Agatha Christie fans
Recommended to Tina Rae by: Morgan
Oh. My. Goodness. This book was amazing!!!!! It was definitely Agatha Christie at her best. The ending was completely shocking. I never would've guessed it. Complete and total genius! ...more
Dalia (book_o_creativity)
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What did I just finish...wow❤️
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I won't write a huge review because I feel if I try to tell even about a small plot it would become a spoiler and I don't wanna give spoilers.
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This is quite different from other Agatha Christie books and I like that. The 1st part was fast paced. Michael Rogers telling his story, both his past and present simultaneously. And two or three plots going together so it was really fast paced. Then the 2nd part was a bit flat, though Christie introduced more characters int
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Chris
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

A stand alone novel that is more psychological study than mystery. This is one of Agatha Christie's favorites and I can see why. What starts out as a sort of analysis of class dynamics and the psychology of privilege turns into a very chilling exploration of madness.

5 stars.
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Brooklyn Tayla
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Cristina
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of women killed one after another. The first 200 pages were boring... but when the first woman was killed, it started to become interesting. Not bad, but not so good either. 3.5 stars
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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