Murder on the Orient Express is a novel about an eclectic group of passengers on a train trapped in the middle of a snowdrift as well as a murder investigation.
I am one of those obnoxious people that HAS to read the book before I go see the movie. I have been that way for as long as I can remember. It becomes an obsession of mine. I purchase the book, the day I am supposed to see the movie more often than not, and I buckle down and read it. Most times, I genuinely enjoy the book and get even more excited to see the movie, which happened to be the case for Girl on the Train and The Gunslinger (The Darktower). But I am pretty disappointed to report that this was not so for Murder on the Orient Express.
I am the definition of a reader. I spend more time reading than anything else. There is nothing more relaxing to me than to curl up on the couch and dive into a story. I was actually pretty excited to start Murder on the Orient Express. The premise seemed interesting enough so I thought I would give it a chance. The book started off incredibly slow for me. I found myself having a difficult time staying focused on the pages in front of me. My mind would start to wander to my to-do list instead of what was going on which was already a bad sign. This novel was bogged down with so many unnecessary details that it forgot to focus on the important ones. It was also ridiculously repetitive. More times than not I was skimming paragraphs instead of reading them because it was rehashing details that had already been established in the story. I did not connect with the detective whatsoever. He was uptight and outright rude most of the time. I didn’t find anything really likable or admirable about him at all. That remains true for most of the characters. Not a single one of the passengers seemed like a complete character – just a group of static characters to break up the ramblings of the detective.
I could have lived with most of these elements and still somewhat enjoyed the story but the ending was just awful. Without giving too much away, it was completely rushed and probably the worst ending to a mystery novel I have ever read. I couldn’t believe the round about route that this author took to get to this conclusion. I was completely turned off by the story.
I am willing to give the movie a chance but I’m not expecting too much considering the source material.