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The Woman in White

‘The woman who first gives life, light, and form to our shadowy conceptions of beauty, fills a void in our spiritual nature that has remained unknown to us till she appeared.’

One of the earliest works of ‘detective’ fiction with a narrative woven together from multiple characters, Wilkie Collins partly based his infamous novel on a real-life eighteenth century case of abduction and wrongful imprisonment. In 1859, the story caused a sensation with its readers, hooking their attention with the ghostly first scene where the mysterious ‘Woman in White’ Anne Catherick comes across Walter Hartright. Chilling, suspenseful and tense in mood, the novel remains as emotive for its readers today as when it was first published.

William Collins
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1 Oct 2011
Complex Victorian Gothic novel told from multiple points of view which left me wondering "Who is a reliable narrator?"
Its a slow burner building suspense with gradual reveals and lots of plot twists involving forgery, fraud, secrets and the social order and class system which was imposed in the 19th Century.
8/10 Annette

Not being a fan of Victorian writing styles I really wasn’t looking forward to reading this book but I was very pleasantly surprised. Multiple plot twists that kept me guessing until the end and well written characters made this novel a joy to read. 8/10 Catherine

Not having read a Victorian classic for so long my brain took a while to adapt to the language but I was soon enraptured by the thrilling story of The Woman in White. Wilkie Collins told a gripping tale filled with twists and turns and characters that linger long after the book is back on the shelf. A Gothic masterpiece 8/10 Kathyrn
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