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The Haunted Hotel (Popular Penguins)

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  1,970 ratings  ·  204 reviews
A sinister Countess is driven mad by a dark secret. An innocent woman is made the instrument of retribution. A murdered man's fury reaches beyond the grave.

When Countess Narona marries Agnes Lockwood's fiancé and takes him to live in a rundown Venetian palace, a servant mysteriously vanishes and the husband dies a recluse. But the dead won't rest. When the palace is transf
Paperback, 234 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by Penguin Group (Australia) (first published 1878)
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⊱ Irena ⊰
The last chapters transform this story from decent to pretty good. The title promises ghosts, but the way that is handled is subtle and never in your face. The supernatural element is there, but it never gets the attention you'd expect in a story like this.
I found some of the characters beyond annoying though.

The Haunted House is also a murder mystery. You are left questioning what you've read in the end.
The Haunted Hotel is a short ghost story/mystery concerning the death of Lord Montbarry and the strange occurrences that happen at his palace of residence in Venice which is converted into a hotel after his death. This novella skips a lot of the description and detail that is found in his longer and more famous works. Therefore, the story does seem to be rushed and summarized. However, this is good place to start if you want something a little more fast paced and want to get familiar with Collin ...more
Really 2 and 1/2 stars. This felt more like an outline of a novel, as the characters were not well-developed nor very interesting. The two main female characters (Agnes and The Countess) were pretty annoying at times. There was a big "info dump" at the end that seemed like lazy writing on the author's part. Not as well-written as some of the author's earlier books, and not as much fun to read. Don't start with this book, if you are new to Wilkie Collins. He does write some good novels - this boo ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I liked this story. It was multifaceted in that it was not just a haunted house story, but also a murder mystery. Collins builds the suspense and the feeling of curiosity that keeps the reader engaged. I found the writing to be far from dated. The language was not antiquated, but felt almost modern in some ways. The print for my copy is rather small, and that's the only reason I didn't read it faster. Yesterday, I kept saying, I'll read to this point, and to that point, before I knew it, it was ...more
3.5 stars. Published almost 20 years after The Woman in White, they were similar in certain aspects, especially switching identities of deceased people. Although entertaining, it is nowhere close to being as good as his earlier classic. But I like the writing style of Collins and I have many more of his books to look forward to.
Jun 12, 2007 Brooke rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dickens fans
Shelves: 2007, classics, own, horror
Wilkie Collins, a close friend of Charles Dickens, is best known for his novels The Woman in White and The Moonstone, and The Haunted Hotel is very similar in its tone and atmosphere. The Countess Narona steals away Lord Montbarry from Abby Lockwood. Despite Abby's forgiving nature, the Countess is convinced that Abby has doomed her to a tragic ending. When Montbarry dies and his courier disappears, Montbarry's family slowly unravels the mystery that is left behind.

Collins has a tendency to cons
Renee M
Good, Ghostly, Grisly, Melodrama filled with plenty of paranormal activity, a little romance, and a ghoulishly entertaining mystery. Delightfully diverting!
As with many other Wilkie Collins novels, The Haunted Hotel has elements of fate, romance, danger, deception, murder and mystery. The story begins with Lord Montbarry breaking off his engagement to Anges Lockwood. Countess Narona, who will marry Lord Montbarry, comes to see a doctor to evaluate her sanity. The Countess seems to be under a good deal of stress about this marriage, as she was unaware Montbarry had already been engaged. There is an aura of fatalism about the Countess, as she feels a ...more
The Haunted Hotel is a mystery in the typical Collins style I’ve come to love, but unlike the novels I’ve read prior to this one this one was over in a flash and contains supernatural events.
On a mere 200-something pages I was swept through madness, fate, coincidence, conspiracy, superstition, love, and dark secrets.
Because of the uncustomary length of the novel it did not hold the same level of intrigue and intricacies, neither was the depth of the characters as profound as I have grown used t
In The Haunted Hotel – a woman visits a doctor apparently in fear that she is going mad – her story – that she is about to be married to a titled man whose family are dead set against his marriage. Infamous stories about the woman are already circulating throughout society. thehauntedhotel2For the woman the Countess Narona has supplanted another woman in the affections of her fiancé Lord Montbarry – the good gentle Agnes Lockwood – of whose very goodness the Countess seems terrified – as it high ...more
The first Wilkie Collins book I read was The Woman In White, which is excellent and I would heartily recommend. Since then I have always been somewhat disappointed by him. The Moonstone - thanks to a ludicrous denoument - disappoints, while Armadle is a mess.

As such I approached this short novel with a sense of mild trepidation, but this is actually a strong tale. A mysterious European countess marries an English Lord who dies shortly afterwards, the ramifications affect his entire family.

Il voto relativamente basso non dipende dal libro in sé, a cui riconosco senz'altro meriti (ci torno!) ma dalla mia incapacità totale di comprendere la mentalità dell'epoca (e il cazzeggio a livello olimpionico dei personaggi) da cui deriva una totale insofferenza e noia;
No, boh, io non riesco proprio ad afferrare che le donne descritte siano tutte smaniose, senza sale in zucca, che agiscono sull'istinto (sbagliato ovviamente), isteriche e via stereotipando. Cioè, mi viene l'ulcera!!! Wilkie (am
Published in 1878. A fascinating mix of mystery fiction and the gothic, nicely ambiguous and very atmospheric.
May 08, 2011 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Victorian literature and of Gothic mystery/romance
This book is all about the plot, which Collins deftly builds towards its climax. It's a proper "page-turner", which keeps you wanting to read the next chapter to see what will happen. He also keeps you guessing as to whether the central mystery is of human devising or whether there really is a supernatural agency involved.

Where the story is let down is in the use of stock characters and a lack of effective use of its setting.

The conventional Gothic characters are used: Villainous Baron; Sinister
This book is a bit of a Gothic horror story - not really a novel, but rather an extended short story. It is pretty much like an Edgar Allen Poe that has been somewhat enlarged, but the spookiness of it works in that same kind of way.

I quite enjoyed it, but there are a number of reasons why it does not work very well. Firstly, there are too many characters who don't have any real bearing on the essential plot; secondly, there are too may loose ends that are never tied up; and thirdly, the way in
“The Haunted Hotel” is a sufficient gothic story with its fair amount of interesting characters, haunted rooms and scandalous love affairs.
Though I did not notice this when I read the book, but as I try to explain the plot, I realize that its quite complex. As it is more of a mystery than a ghost story ( with a huge potential for making a real good movie) I wont divulge too much. Lets say there is a hush hush marriage, a scorned lover , rivalry between brothers, missing servants and phantom visi
I concluded my Halloween reading with this very interesting and well-written book by the author of the famous novels, THE MOONSTONE and THE WOMAN IN WHITE.

A contemporary and friend of Dickens, Wilkie Collins' classic ghost story reflects the times in which he lived.

Victorians had an obsession with death and dying, and ghost stories were very popular as this work proved to be.

The story, however, is a tightly constructed mystery as well, and should appeal to fans of both genres.

This nineteenth century novella is a murder mystery and a ghost story. In a small English town the mysterious Countess Narona steals Abby Lockart's sweetheart, Lord Montbarry, and the two go off to Venice on their honeymoon accompanied by a faithful retainer Abby has recommended. Months later Abby learns that her former beau has died of consumption and the retainer is missing. Abby sets off for Venice to investigate. Beautifully written as all Collins books are and a satisfying story.
A surprisingly little known novella by Wilkie Collins. This is a beautifully crafted piece comprising clearly drawn characters in classic 19th century settings with horror building as the action rises. The denouement is, however, disappointing, delivered with a heavy hand through the cumbersome medium of the Countess's synopsis of her play.
This one isn't really very scary. It takes at least half the book before you even get to the haunting. I listened to this on YouTube. It was a Librivox recording, but that wasn't a choice so I picked the closest thing to it.
Marts  (Thinker)
A ghost story by Wilkie Collins written in the 1800s, this tells the tale of Lord Montbarry of the Westwick family who breaks off his engagement to Agnes to marry the Countess Narona, and after a tour of Venice live in a large palace...
Well, Montbarry dies and a bit of mystery surrounds this, the palace is refurbished and becomes a popular hotel. The Westwick family eventually meet there but are, on separate occasions and are all plagued by insomnia, nightmares, horrid smells and ghostly figures
Oliver Clarke
This was a fun sensationalist melodrama, and the mystery decent, but it wasn't a patch on The Woman in White. Worth a read though.
Jan 10, 2015 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: The Readers Review: Literature from 1800 to 1910
Shelves: britain, 19thcentury
Sometimes, a daft melodrama from the 19th century is a good break from serious reading. The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins fits the bill. It was apparently a contribution to the weekly periodical All the Year Round in 1859, one of five short stories bookended by stories from Charles Dickens for a Christmas edition. Wikipedia suggests that Dickens’ stories and one by Elizabeth Gaskell are the strength of the collection. If The Haunted Hotel is anything to go by, that’s probably true.

To read the
A lesser known work of the author of the Moonstone and The Woman in white, it is a gripping and very entertaining novel.
Valerie Osbourn
This book had very little supernatural activity, despite what the title may lead you to believe. Some old novels are simply timeless, with themes and characters that are relevant today. This novel was not one of them. The characters were dry, the Victorian language was painfully lame at best, and the only reason I gave it 2 stars was because the ending (the last 20 pages) was clever and interesting. All I can say is that I am happy to be done with it. No more fainting English gentlewomen for me ...more
Ally Atherton

In a palace in Venice, one man is dead and another has disappeared. But what exactly has happened?

I'd probably describe this as being like a Victorian Agatha Christie novel. It starts off really slow and in parts it's a pretty dull affair. I never really connected with any of the main characters or the plot but slowly it builds up to quite a decent climax.

I think the main reason I didn't connect with this book is it's age. It was written a long time ago.

Wilkie was writing at the same time as Cha
Angie Fehl
This is the second or third Wilkie Collins book I've read and I feel like he maybe used the 19th century equivalent of "click bait" to get readers lol. This and Woman In White are both books with misleading titles. The Haunted Hotel is just under 130 pages and I would say MAYBE a dozen of those pages have anything to do with any sort of paranormal element. Even the bit that is written is a watered down ghost story at best, it's more like the person wondering if their mind might be playing tricks ...more
Public Domain - Free for Kindle, also free audiobook via Librivox (though the latter is not recommended) |

Another good Collins classic, while not his strongest it's still worth reading. |

I started this on Kindle awhile back and set it aside, listened to it from the beginning via LibriVox over the past two days. As much as I appreciate the existence of LibriVox and its volunteers, I can't recommend the recording for this book. The reader--female--apparently believes her voice is only suitable f
Andy Troy
While this novella doesn't quite reach the heights of Collins's seminal novel The Moonstone, there is enough sensation and supernaturalism in The Haunted Hotel to recommend it to readers of the genre. Tropes ever-present in Wilkie's fiction that appear here include a sentimental and flighty heroine, a stalwart investigative gentleman, and a locale-hopping series of chance encounters and neat coincidences.

The shortcomings in The Haunted Hotel are quite evident on the surface, and are likely attri
2.5 stars

Mr. Ferrari has disappeared and right around the same time, Lord Montberry has died of an illness. Lady Montberry is having a hard time dealing with things and Mrs. Ferrari is worried about her husband.

There did actually seem to be a lot of activity in the book and it initially seemed like I was going to enjoy the writing style, but I got lost early on with so many characters and I had trouble figuring out who was who. It temporarily picked up for a bit in the second half, as the hote
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A close friend of Charles Dickens' from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens' death in June 1870, William "Wilkie" Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens' bloomed. Now, Collins is being given more critical and popular attention than he has received for fifty years. Most of ...more
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