Endless Night is a relatively shorter book but not any less thrilling. This is one of those Agatha Christie books that has an individual protagonist rather than her well known detectives, Poirot, Miss Marple or Tommy and Tuppence. This is a tough one to write without giving any spoilers.
Mike Rogers is a drifter. He has done every kind of job, right from driving cars to lifting stones, but still hasn’t settled in life. He comes upon a property in an English village and is convinced he wants to build a house there. Further investigation reveals that the land is accursed. It used to be called Gypsy’s Acre even though its current name is The Towers. An old gypsy tells him that no good has ever come of anyone who tried to live there or even worked on the land. Mike brushes this off as superstition and dreams of getting Santonix, a noted European architect build a house for him.
In a kind of euphoria, Mike attends the land auction to see who might buy the place. Then as he is walking down the lane to have another look at the place, he sees a young woman. Fenella or Ellie intrigues him. He tells her all about his dream, and how Gypsy’s Acre has a fantastic view of the sea, the forests and the mountains from different sides. There is a whirlwind romance and the two marry.
Ellie turns out to be a heiress and the two build their dream house on Gypsy’s Acre. Throughout the book, there is an aura of doom. This is because the book starts with ‘if only I had known better’, so you know for sure that the whole Gypsy’s Acre thing has ended badly for Mike. Once the couple starts living there, a lot of frightful incidents start taking place.
The ending of the book is a bit unusual and might surprise many readers. It will be hard to forget the book long after you are done reading. Night time may surely not be a good time to read Endless Night.