The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice
The author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White applies his acclaimed narrative powers to this thrilling tale of mysterious women and blood-drenched conspiracies.
Set amid the picturesque palaces and waterways of 19th-century Venice, Collins's suspenseful novelette recounts an obsessed countess's attempts to thwart what she perceives as her fatal destiny.
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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.
Collins has a tendency to cons ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
To read the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The shortcomings in The Haunted Hotel are quite evident on the surface, and are likely attri ...more
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 ...more
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