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Countdown to Death is basically a retelling of "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie and "Ten" by Gretchen McNeil. Ten guests are invited to a secluded Scottish island by the elusive owner. Each guest believes he or she is there for various reasons, mostly personal gain, but the actual intent of the owner is to exact revenge. It's a fairly short story- only about 200 pages long so it should have been a quick story to read. Unfortunately though, it wasn't for me because I never could get completely into it, but that may have just been because I've read similar versions already. It didn't feel like there was a whole lot of suspense though leading up to the murders and even though it was set on a secluded island in this big, old house, I never got any eerie feelings throughout the story which is what I was hoping for since it had the perfect setting and situations. I also guessed who the murderer was toward the end so that wasn't a big surprise to me but I did enjoy trying to figure it out. I also liked the way the ending was written and tied up and I thought the drawings were a creative touch. If you like whodunit's and want to try your hand at solving, I would say give it a try.
*I received this ARC from NetGalley and Wayzgoose Press in exchange for an honest review.