The Christie Affair By Nina de Gramont
Book/Novel Author: Nina de Gramont
Book/Novel Title: The Christie Affair
Why would the world’s most famous mystery writer disappear for eleven days? What makes a woman desperate enough to destroy another woman’s marriage? How deeply can a person crave revenge? “Sizzles from its first sentence.” – The Wall Street Journal A Reese’s Book Club PickIn 1925, Miss Nan O’Dea infiltrated the wealthy, rarefied world of author Agatha Christie and her husband, Archie. In every way, she became a part of their life––first, both Christies. Then, just Archie. Soon, Nan became Archie’s mistress, luring him away from his devoted wife, desperate to marry him. Nan’s plot didn’t begin the day she met Archie and Agatha. It began decades before, in Ireland, when Nan was a young girl. She and the man she loved were a star-crossed couple who were destined to be together––until the Great War, a pandemic, and shameful secrets tore them apart. Then acts of unspeakable cruelty kept them separated. What drives someone to murder? What will someone do in the name of love? What kind of crime can someone never forgive? Nina de Gramont’s brilliant, unforgettable novel explores these questions and more.
I don’t like leaving a book unfinished and so I forced myself to endure this. Very few (VERY FEW) truths and the character development goes against all that is known about Agatha, Archie and Nancy (Nan). As a “novel” and piece of fiction, it would have been more interesting if it didn’t even try to be based on real people, this “fact” made it not the least bit enjoyable. Absolutely do not recommend this to a Christie fan. (is there anything less than 1 star?)
But the tightly wrapped story of planned revenge became too fantastical, too many coincidences that I lost faith. Well written but not my favorite.
I loved this story, it was written so beautifully,I loved how the there was a story behind the characters that connected them to one another and the friendships that were created.
Whatever happened to Agatha Christie when she disappeared for eleven days? This is a fictional telling of that time from her husband’s mistress. This book will keep you guessing until the end!
I purchased the CD audiobook version of The Christie Affair and found it intriguing at the beginning. True, the protagonist Nan O’Dea was a largely self absorbed and unlikeable character, but I wanted to see where this led. Setting her up as an omniscient narrator made for some awkward moments, but I was willing to overlook this in the interests of a compelling plot. Fortunately for everyone else, I was listening to this audiobook in my car, because when I encountered the first of many implausible coincidences that Ms. de Gramont used to advance the story line, I may have blurted out a few profanities. I won’t include any spoilers here, but having two characters from different countries just happen to meet in a spontaneous crowd in an enormous city is NOT how any of this works. More coincidences ensued, and left me wishing that this book would come to an end. Nan’s backstory was laid out so heavy handedly that I felt that Ms. de Gramont was making absolutely sure that I, the apparently obtuse reader, would understand how Truly Awful it was and how it Totally Justified Everything that Nan would do to exact her revenge. By this point, I did not care what became of Nan, or anyone else other than Agatha Christie who obviously survived and went on to write much better books than this one.
I’m afraid I couldn’t even finish this book. The writing was pedestrian and the plot didn’t ring true. A great pity, as the main theme was a good one.