On the Backlist: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Every time I’m asked about what my favorite books are, The Woman in White comes to mind immediately. I’m not quite sure how I came across Wilkie Collins in the first place; honestly, I think I might have just seen this book on the shelf and liked the cover, but once I discovered it was being compared to The Turn of the Screw, I was in.

The Woman in White is a gripping gothic mystery (think Rebecca, Poe, Dorian Gray), filled with secret plots, ghosts, amnesia, a pretty creepy villain, and all kinds of intrigue. It’s a Victorian novel, so the prose is definitely a little bit more taxing than the pulp fiction of today, but that’s exactly what this was, in its time, and though I’ll admit that I struggle a little with Dickens, I couldn’t put this down. It’s a thrilling, chilling story that the masses loved, and for good reason: it’s creepy and awesome! If you like Victorian thrillers, I think you’ll love it!

First Line: “This is the story of what a Woman’s patience can endure, and what a Man’s resolution can achieve.”


5 Stars

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