From the back of the book -
When a number of leading scientists disappear without trace, concern grows within the intelligence services. Olive Betterton, the wife of Tom Betterton, one of the missing scientists, appears to hold the key to the mystery. Unfortunately, she now lies dying from injuries sustained in a Moroccan plan crash. Meanwhile, in a Casablanca hotel room, Hilary Craven prepares to take her own life. However, her suicide attempt is interrupted by a man who will offer a more thrilling way to die, i.e. to be Olive Betterton. The mission leads Hilary to discover a secret operation that tries to collect the best brains on earth.
When I was 12 we were leaving the states to move back to England. About a month before we left I realised that there was absoultely no reason for me to be paying attention in class, as I was leaving before the end of term, would never get those grades and was soon to be starting a new school in a foreign country. So instead I decided I would read all the Sweet Valley High books and Agatha Christie books in the school library. (I did very well and achieved this averaging about 3 books a day). Of all the Agatha Christie books I read Destination Unknown was my favourtie.
It wasn't your typical Agatha Christie. It had a young suicidal heroine who instead of taking sleeping pills was offered "a more interesting death" by the secret service who were out looking for missing scientists. I remember it being very different and very good. I've been searching for it again for the past few years and finally found a copy used before Christmas and re-read it. I was pleased to see that I still enjoyed it very much.
I liked the strong, yet suicidal, heroine. I liked her resourcefullness. It was an interesting thriller with a mysterious journey ending in an evil base full of scientists at a leper colony. I was also very pleasantly surprised that I had forgotten the ending. I probably won't rush out and read anymore Agatha Christie but I'm glad this one was as much fun as I remembered....Continua