One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.
The story begins with an eerie midnight encounter between artist Walter Hartright and a ghostly woman dressed all in white who seems desperate to share a dark secret. The next day Hartright, engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, tells his pupils about the strange events of the previous evening.
Determined to learn all they can about the mysterious woman in white, the three soon find themselves drawn into a chilling vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue.
Masterfully constructed, The Woman in White is dominated by two of the finest creations in all Victorian fiction: Marion Halcombe, dark, mannish, yet irresistibly fascinating, and Count Fosco, the sinister and flamboyant "Napoleon of Crime".
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"Collins's mid-Victorian novel is one of the first, and possibly still the greatest, of all literary thrillers." (The Irish Times)
I thought I knew my English Lit pretty well, but this novel was a complete surprise. It combined some memorable characters suggestive of Dickens with the manners of Jane Austen and the mystery and suspense of Agatha Christie. The device of using different narrators at different part of the novel was very clever.
Late one night, when young ladies should have been in bed, the young male protagonist encounters a young woman dressed in white lurking in the wood by the side of the highway to London. Although anxious, she decides to trust the young man to assist him. He soon has her on a cab to London. He is intrigued by the incident, but continues on his journey, never expecting to encounter her again.
Instead the mysterious woman in white and the story of her appearance that night will come to occupy him for a long time to come.
A great story. I listen when I walk and when I cook. And then keep with it on my Kindle.
Just wanted to keep listening and reading
This was mentioned as a favorite of many famous writers. I had never heard of it. But I am glad I did and finally picked it up. Very deep, very intense yet moderately paced. Keeps you guessing and trying to figure out the secrets. Anything but predictable.
Never-ending true love and perseverance.
saw this book on someone else' s must read list. I love period history so decided to read. I hated for it to end. I loved the characters and wanted more. Often I can guess the endings of a book but this one you don't see it coming. very well written.
Never read the print. Of course I love the narrators. Each did a fabulous job.
Not always, sometimes it really captured me and I couldn't wait to continue the story and sometimes it just went along.
I found this book intriguing and tedious at the same time.
No. Once was enough. But I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
I wish I understood more about the secret societies functioning in Europe at the time. Were they a 19th century version of the Mafia? This is the first book I've read that alluded to such organizations.
Any scene the Count was in.
No. I used to to put myself to sleep at night.
I wanted more information about the relationship between Laura's father and the Baronet and why he was so set on having his daughter marry the man.
My first reaction after finishing this story was that I wished I hadn't started it, so I could listen again for the first time. It has been described as the 'best mystery story ever written", IT IS!! REALLY. I am not articulate enough to describe all it has to offer, just that it has everything. Get it and get lost in it.
This book may not be for everybody.I thoroughly enjoyed it.The intriguing mystery which is revealed at the end is only part of it.What I found interesting was the glimpse into a different period of which the author was very familiar.The language,the premises,morals of the day and the depiction of a bygone era by an author who lived in that bygone era.
It's an easier read than Bram Stroker's Dracula.Elements of Jane Austen and just a pinch of Dickens,more in the plot than Dickens'colorful descriptions of lower class characters.
The writing style was peculiar to many British novels of the 1860's and while lengthier than what might be written today,fascinating as it unfolds.I tried to read The Woman in White
20 years ago and never did get through it.Listening to it was much easier and entertaining.
Why wouldn't it be for you ??....People don't write that way today and that society doesn't exist anymore.However,that is exactly why I enjoyed it.
The story is a clever mystery whilst being a wonderfully immersive historical piece that provides a great insight and experience into the world of 19th century England.
The story provided several excellent twists, and drew the reader in to champion the main charachters.
This is the first time I've heard the two readers and I loved their approach and delivery. It was pleasant to listen, over such a long book, to two different voices. I thought that perhaps listening to different voices for the same charachters might be confusing but it wasn't. The reading enhanced the story and the accents were well done.
It took a few hours to peak my interest but once grabbed, I couldn't stop. Even had it playing at work. The main character does tend to carry on a bit. The actors are very good. The punch line at the climax of the story lost a bit of strength because it wasn't as obvious to me (in the 21st century!) just how serious the deed really was, but the true depth of the plot soon came out and only then could I understand the main characters' vehement reactions.
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