Masterpiece
*****
Excellent
**** 1/2
Very good
****
Good
**** 1/2
Just okay
***
Not for me
**
Definitely not for me
*

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

This book took me a loooong time to read, but I’m really glad I read it. It is so well-written and a really good mystery. I did guess some of the plot elements, but I still was very engrossed and wanted to keep reading to make sure my guesses were correct.

The “woman in white” is Anne Catherick, who has escaped from an asylum and knows, or think she knows, a Secret about a nobleman. This nobleman wants to marry Laura Fairlie, but she is in love with her art instructor, Walter Hartwright. Marian Holcomb is Laura’s half-sister and is always looking out for Laura’s interests. The two are inseparable. Will Laura marry the nobleman–Percival Glyde–the man her father wanted her to marry? Or will she marry Walter Hartwright, the love of her life? Who is really after her money? Is Count Fosco just a charming foreigner or a “foreign spy”? Whose interests is he looking after? These questions and more will be answered when you embark on this wonderfully written gothic tale–a classic mystery that should be read by all.

1860, 569pp.

Rating: 4.5