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Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins
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Jul 09, 2017

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2017

Oh, man. I have been on such a Wilkie Collins high, and I was looking forward to reading this one, but it just didn't do it for me. It was a slog, and reading it felt tedious. One of Collins's gifts is dialogue, and this novel is almost entirely descriptive exposition--lots of what everything looks like and what everyone is thinking and very little of it accomplished through dialogue. I also think that the solution to the mystery of the story isn't telegraphed at all so that it just comes out of nowhere. My edition has some notes at the end which suggest that originally Collins did include more clues but edited them out later; I wish he'd left them in because the conclusion of the story was pretty convoluted even for me, an inveterate lover of sensation novels.

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Reading Progress

June 23, 2017 – Started Reading
June 23, 2017 – Shelved
July 9, 2017 – Shelved as: read-in-2017
July 9, 2017 – Finished Reading

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