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The Heights

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  29 reviews
#2 in Yorkshire Post’s ‘Pick of the Best Books’

Two hundred years since Emily Brontë’s birth comes The Heights: a modern re-telling of Wuthering Heights set in 1980s Yorkshire.

The searchers took several hours to find the body, even though they knew roughly where to look. The whole hillside had collapsed, and there was water running off the moors and over the slick black rub
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published January 3rd 2018 by HQ Digitial
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Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic retelling of Wuthering Heights set in 1980s Yorkshire. The essence of the characters have been captured perfectly, and placing them in a modern context gave them a new lease of life. The main story stays very true to the original book which I loved but it can sometimes go beyond belief as a result e.g. the death count and extremity of Heathcliff's emotions. That said I thoroughly enjoyed this and would highly recommend to fans of Wuthering Heights. I would also recommend this ...more
Wit & Wonder Books
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by authors in exchange for an honest review**

The Heights by Juliet Bell is a collaborative project by Janet Gover and Allison May to retell Emily Brontë’s classic, Wuthering Heights in a contemporary setting, 1980s Yorkshire. This ambitious undertaking succeeds admirably as you are swept along as DCI Lockwood attempts to determine what really happened to Luke Earnshaw. Was it really an accident or something more sinister? Death seems to follow Heathcliff Earnshaw and everyone he c
Roman Clodia
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Taking the plot line from Wuthering Heights and transferring it to the 1980s miners' strike where the Earnshaws work the pit and the Lintons arrive to close it down, could have given new life to this classic. Sadly, though, the writing lets it down.

Everything is on the surface with no nuance or subtlety. For example, when Cathy learns her father is dead, 'it was the most horrible news there could be'. Later, in order to convey the relationship between Isabelle Linton and Heathcliffe, we're told
Claire Huston
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A five-star adaptation of a four-star classic. 4/5 stars.

(*Ducks for avoid rocks thrown by Emily Brontë fans*)

This review was originally posted on my book blog.

The Heights is an excellent modern retelling of Emily Brontë's classic tale. The transposition of the events of Wuthering Heights to the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries works incredibly well, the time shifts are handled skillfully, and the reassignments of the roles of the secondary characters are ingenious. For example, m
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
It took me a little while to settle into this book although I am glad I read to the end, as I got more invested as it went along. It's set during the miner's strike and we get a sense of how tough life was in the mining villages and how tensions grew. Heathcliff is a brooding character as in the original novel. It actually made me keen to reread the classic.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The Heights is a story about love, passion and crimes during the mining strikes in 1980's in Yorkshire.
This is the story about two families; the Earnshaw and the Linton's, how their life became linked in their fate forever, in life and death... and how a detective, DC Lockwood, tried to discover the truth about some mystery murders that appeared around these families...

I liked this book because is a first sight view of how the families lived the strikes; the fear, the poverty, the loneliness...
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sue Wallace
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the heights by Juliet bell.
This was a slow but good read.
DCI lockwood has come back to Yorkshire. he wants to close a case that happened here when he first became a detective years ago. someone put a nail gun in the police van where he was sat in and the nail gun went into him. he knows who it is. he just have to prove it before he retires.
I liked the story and the characters but it just didn't keep me reading I had to keep putting it down. so took a few days. 4*.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
So, the story of Wuthering Heights set against a 1980s background – the miners’ strike and the closure of the pits, the Heights a run down housing estate, young Linton a graphic designer, a modern twist to whatever Heathcliff got up to during his disappearance – with a 2008 investigation into what really happened. Yes, it works – I did enjoy it, and to do so you really don’t need to be a fan or to be familiar with the original story.

But if you do know it well, you’ll find the same broad story ou
Cheryl M-M
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A classic novel reimagined in a modern day setting, is perhaps not a new venture, but definitely an interesting one. As a reader you can either spend your time comparing one story to the other or you can cast aside the old and read the new with fresh eyes. Ask yourself if the new tale pulls you in or whether the old takes on a new life in the sort of futuristic setting.

Revamping an old tale, especially a classic one can be difficult. Generally the original source is one of great inspiration, whi
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been a fan of Wuthering Heights for as long as I can remember and I enjoy finding books books that have a connection to its story or characters. I was drawn to The Heights as a modern retelling, but at first I was I bit put off by how much of a re-telling it was.

I was expecting to read a story that was based on the original, not something that mirrored it as closely as The Heights does at the onset. At first I thought, Why am I bothering to read this when I can just read the original again
Leonie Hinch
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the authors for my advance reading copy of The Heights. This review is unbiased and honest.
I always have a mixed bag of feelings when it comes to retellings. In fact nearly every retelling I've ever read has been disappointing, unable to live up to the great story they're trying to reproduce. Wuthering Heights is one of my all time favourite books, so I was both excited, and full of caution when I requested The Heights, how would Heathcliffe and Cathy's ...more
Rhoda Baxter
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A retelling of Wuthering Heights set in the 1980s during the Miner's Strike. I studied Wuthering Heights at A-level, so I was curious to see how this went.
It was wonderful. For the first few chapters, I kept trying to link back to the characters in the original - Lockwood is a detective who has a hunch about Heathcliff, 'Nellie' Dean is a social worker etc, but after a while I stopped bothering and just got caught up in the story. I stayed up until silly o'clock in the morning to finish it ... e
Jo-anne Atkinson
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ray Earnshaw is a miner caught up in the Miners' Strike in the 1980s. One day he brings a boy into the family home, Heathcliff, who joins his eldest son Mick and daughter Cathy. His wife leaves and after some trouble Mick also leaves town. Cathy and Heathcliff run wild until events take a turn. Ray is killed and Mick returns to the family home with his fiancee. The tragedies continue, affecting both the Earnshaws and the family that they marry into, the Lintons. Heathcliff grows into a bitter ma ...more
Vivien Brown
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. The first few chapters had me hooked, with realistic miners strike scenes and intriguing characters, but it soon got very gloomy. Bringing the original story up to date meant modernising names, occupations, houses, and changing and expanding parts of the story, while trying to keep the essence of the plot. Did it work? The core of the story has to be the obsessional love between Cathy and Heathcliffe and that remains strong throughout, his longing after her ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
You'll like this more if you don't read it as a modernized version of Wuthering Heights and read it as a tale of Yorkshire in the tough 1980s. I loved WH- but it's been many many years since I read it so at first I found myself straining to remember the story. Once I let go of that, I was happier. It's hard for me to decide, however, the extent to which Cathy and Heathcliff are full characters. Their love for one another is clear (and expressed a tad differently in this updated version.). As wit ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's Wuthering Heights, in the 1980s and in 2008. There is a miner's strike and pits and a run down housing project.

It's....essentially the same story, with contemporary music and tv thrown in for good measure. I didn't hate this book...but then again, Wuthering Heights has never been a favorite for me.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Sally Jenkins
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Heights is a very dark book with few, if any, bright points. The obsessive character of Heathcliffe looms over the whole story, tainting the lives of all those who come into contact with him. At times I wanted to give the characters a good shake and tell them to escape his clutches.
The great thing about this book for me was that it reminded me I haven't read Wuthering Heights (shame on me!). That's now been added to my TBR and I'm looking forward to comparing the 2 books.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this novel (like quite a few readers, it seems!). On the one hand, it was an easy read. It kept me entertained. It read quite well. I just wish it were a little deeper. A little bit more subtle. Fewer deaths. I couldn't help but wonder what Emily Bronte would have made of it ...
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good re-imagining of Wuthering Heights, on reading this it brought back for me why I hadnt so much enjoyed the original, I didnt find any of the characters particularly nice nor did they have redeeming features, except maybe right at the end.
Janice Preston
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dark and gripping modern retelling of Wuthering Heights. Highly recommended - and I'm looking forward to further re-telling of the Brontes' classics!
Jenny Delandro
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
So much tragedy and death swirling around these characters...
but quite faithful to the original story...
The addition of a policeman investigating the latest death was interesting.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks HQ and netgalley for this ARC.

This book will not be for everyone but it's a great modern retelling of a classic. Just don't try comparing the two as you read.
Erin Green
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read. I loved the earthy feel of the story and it’s narration. The way each name had a new role and yet, remained true to the original novel was intriguing. Highly recommended.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting retelling set during a turbulent time in British history. Worthy of a read if you’re a fan of Emily’s novel.
Nicola F (Bronte Babe Blog)
The Heights is a re-telling of Emily Brontë's 1847 masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. Set on a council estate in Yorkshire, the novel spans several decades from the late 1970s through to 2007. The plot remains faithful to the original, as do the characters despite a few tweaks and updates. DCI Lockwood heads to the small town of Gimmerton to investigate the death of a teenage boy as well as confront a few demons from his own past, and the mysterious character of Heathcliff and his eternal devotion ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you really loved Withering Heights then you will love this book because even the names of the characters are the same.

I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters and found myself constantly frustrated with all the relationships. The stress of classes was not as strong in this book as the original which made it feel a little confusing as to why it was just a bad relationship.
B.R. Maycock
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’d read and adored Wuthering Heights years ago but for the life of me couldn’t remember the little details that I would have loved to have at my fingertips when reading this book, which is a retelli(ingeniously methinks) in a horrendously run down estate called The Heights in the town of Gimmerton where there is constant unease and unrest due to the closure of mines, the main, if not only source of employment. There are descriptions of a town that has fallen by the wayside and is now a tough an ...more
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