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The Woman in White (1860)

by Wilkie Collins

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7,763214434 (4.09)6 / 1015
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    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (Cecilturtle)
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    Freedom and Necessity by Steven Brust (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Both novels take place in Victorian England. They have convoluted plots, many surprises and a whiff of the occult. Although Freedom and Necessity was not a Victorian novel, it reads like one, complementing the style of Collins.
  4. 51
    The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (wonderlake)
  5. 30
    Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (joririchardson, Hollerama)
  6. 31
    The Seance by John Harwood (bibliobeck, simon_carr)
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    Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (wonderlake, teelgee)
    teelgee: Definitely see where Sarah Waters got her inspiration!
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    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale (wonderlake)
    wonderlake: Victorian crime
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    Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (Hollerama)
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    The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazán (cammykitty)
    cammykitty: Spanish *gothic* from about the same time period.
  11. 12
    The Truth about the Savolta Case by Eduardo Mendoza (caflores, caflores)
  12. 48
    The Count of Monte Cristo, Vol. 2 by Alexandre Dumas (caflores)
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Very difficult to get into, but once I got interested, he had me. Didn't show the humor and the characterization of Dickens, but the plot development and use of coincidence were very reminiscent of Dickens. Marion was a good character, showing strength rarely seen in a Victorian female character. Overall very good, but not quite to the level of Dickens. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 23, 2014 |
The Woman in White is one of my all-time favorite books from a great story-teller.
Full review: http://ouzepo.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/the-many-lives-of-the-woman-in-white/ ( )
  OpheliaAutumn | Oct 6, 2014 |
Wilkie Collins should be read more. He keeps you turning the pages. His mysteries are tightly woven. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
This is the book that started my obsession with Gothic Literature ( )
  Laura_Jones | Apr 11, 2014 |
This book was so good! It did take a little while to get into, and you read more than half the book before the "crime" actually happens. Funny thing is that was ok because the suspense was so great! I kept changing my mind on what was going to happen. That is a good mystery when there are so many possible crimes in the making that you almost dread turning each page because you don't want it to be a certain character.

For instance I would think, "maybe Laura will be killed" then "what if it turns out to be Marian?" or "maybe I'll get lucky and Marian will kill the husband or the count" and many other scenarios. You'll just have to read to see what does happen and how they solve it in the end. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wilkie Collinsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dei, FedoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sutherland, JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, MatthewEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Symons, JulienEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willis, ChristineEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woolf, GabrielNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.
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The soft hazy twilight was just shading leaf and blossom alike into harmony with its own sober hues as we entered the room, and the sweet evening scent of the flowers met us with its fragrant welcome through the open glass doors.
There are three things that none of the young men of the present generation can do. They can't sit over their wine, they can't play at whist, and they can't pay a lady a compliment.
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Book description
When Walter Hartwright encounters a solitary, terrified, beautiful woman dressed in white on a moonlit night in London, he feels impelled to solve the mystery of her distress. The story, full of secrets, locked rooms, lost memories, and surprise revelations, features heroine Marian Halcombe and drawing-master Walter Hartright as sleuthing partners pitted against the diabolical Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. This gothic psychological thriller, a mesmerizing tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, has gripped the imagination of readers since its first publication in 1860. The breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.
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Identity theft,
Money, madness, hidden crimes:
A Collins classic.
(passion4reading - thank you, wisewoman)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141439610, Paperback)

Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print in the 140 years since its publication.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03:52 -0400)

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When Walter Hartright has a mysterious moonlit encounter with a woman dressed all in white, his world changes forever.

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