Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins
This is my review of the book Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins which I listened to recently as a librivox recording.
The secret was recorded by Sarah Mrs Treverton's maid as she lays dying. Sarah then hides the paper bearing the message in an unused room at Porthgenna Tower. Sarah leaves Porthgenna Tower rather than revealing the secret.
The novel then jumps forward some twenty years. Rosamund has married the blind Leonard Frankland, who now owns Porthgenna Tower. Sarah, under an assumed name, obtains a post as servant to the family, and gives Rosamund a cryptic warning to avoid the room in which the Secret is hidden. This of course makes sure that Rosamund does all she can to find out what the secret is. - But I cannot reveal any more otherwise I would give the game away.
The end of the story is a little protracted but all in all a good yarn to while away the miles on the road.
This was book 46 week 33 fiction 43 (audio books 13) non fiction 3
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Friends, this is my review of the book The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, which I listened to recently as an audio book, whilst travelling. As it was over 25 hours in length, this has occurred over a number of weeks.
It is a story told by several people using their own pen and style, along with collaborating documents. This switching of viewpoints did make it quite difficult to follow at times, especially when coming back to the story line after a few days, but then it was quite quick to pick up again.
So what is the long story about – in brief, artist Walter Hartright is about to embark on a new job: he'll be the drawing master for the heiress of Limmerage House, Miss Laura Fairlie and her half-sister Miss Marion Halcolme.
While out for a stroll before leaving for Limmerage, he chances to meet a young woman, dressed all in white and behaving very erratically. The long novel then recounts the saga of what happens to these three ladies. Death, grand theft of money, an unhappy forced marriage and the chilling Count Fosco, are all added to the mix.The detail and description used to describe the villains all help to explain why it was such a hit when the book was written in the 1860's.
It is widely regarded as one of the first and finest of the genre of sensation novels. As such I can recommend it as either an audio book, so long as you have plenty of time to listen to it, (it helped pass the time driving on long motorway journeys), or as a written novel.
This was book 2 week 1 - fiction 2, (audio book 1) non fiction 0.
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