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The Fatal Three

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
John Fausset persuades his wife that they should take his ward, Fay, under their roof. Their young daughter, Mildred, instantly takes Fay to her heart, but mystery surrounds the young girl: how is it that Fay, supposedly an heiress, arrives at the house with torn embroidery on her underlinen? What's the nature of her relationship with Mr. Fausset and why does his wife so r ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published December 25th 1997 by Sutton Publishing (first published 1888)
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Jan 03, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it
While not as “sensational” as some of Mrs Braddon’s other work this is nevertheless an enjoyable read. It deals with now outmoded marriage laws and also raises some interesting questions regarding moral and religious education, and in doing so Mrs Braddon comes off as far more enlightened than her fellow sensation novelist, the bigoted (and occasionally hypocritical) Mrs Henry Wood. Mrs B never takes a direct stance (unlike Mrs W who sometimes breaks the fourth wall and addresses her reader pers ...more
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Aug 16, 2013 S. L. rated it really liked it
While not my favorite of Braddon's, the characters are fascinating. I don't know what other reviewers mean by predictable; it's not a mystery. It's a rather grim tale of three different women and how their upbringing determines their fate.
Aug 08, 2015 msleighm rated it really liked it
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4 stars.

Exquisite Victorian literature. Almost flawless.

The "fatal three" referenced in the title were not at all what I was expecting - in terms of person place or thing.
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May 08, 2012 June Schwarz rated it liked it

This was more predictable than any of the Braddon novels I've read. I disliked every character except Fay Fausset, whose story this ought to have been. How Braddon failed to realize this is beyond me.
Marianna Kambani-Barroqueiro
Pleasant read although quite predictable. Less sensational than other Braddon novels. Interesting handle of religious issues.
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Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a British Victorian era popular novelist. She was an extremely prolific writer, producing some 75 novels with very inventive plots. The most famous one is her first novel, Lady Audley's Secret (1862), which won her recognition and fortune as well. The novel has been in print ever since, and has been dramatised and filmed several times.

Braddon also founded Belgravia Magaz
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