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The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
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Apr 22, 2011

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Compared to other novels by Wilkie Collins, "The Haunted Hotel" was a short novella that read quickly in just a couple of sittings. This book was an easier to read than the "The Lady in White" but it lacked the depth of "The Moonstone."

"The Haunted Hotel" can be called a ghost story, a mystery, a psychological thriller, and a Gothic romance. I managed to correctly guess the crime, but only did so just a few pages before Collins allowed the ending to unravel. He does his best to mislead the reader until the very end of the book.

The cast of characters is very long and has a tendency to become confusing - but I do believe it had a purpose as the attention on the characters kept me from delving too deeply into the crime. There's also some sexism, due to the era in which this was written.

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