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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
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Feb 24, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, favorites, mystery, ghost-story

Despite being 600 pages and textually dense, it is hard to put this classic, Gothic mystery down. From the first chapter when the daring "Prince Charming" Walter encounters the phantom like woman in white until the end when all the loose ends are tied.

True to the Gothic trope this story is a mystery as well as a romance. There is a fragile heroine from the "right side of the tracks", a dashing hero from the wrong side, a nasty villain who is the mastermind and his dupe. Oh, and we can't forget the plain sister of the heroine who doesn't mind living in her sister's shadow (a bit of sarcasm there).

Of course, like most mysteries some of the "chance" encounters or clues seem a little too contrived and coincidental, but a great book nonetheless that keeps you reading to unravel the connections between private societies, false birthrights and murderous intent.

(On a side note, despite being a nasty villain, it is hard not to like the Count, in my opinion.)

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