Author: Wilkie Collins
One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins‘ The Woman in White was a phenomenal bestseller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Dickens, Collins’s friend and mentor. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall readers today.
The story begins with an eerie midnight encounter between artist Walter Hartright and a ghostly woman dressed all in white who seems desperate to share a dark secret. The next day Hartright, engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, tells his pupils about the strange events of the previous evening. Determined to learn all they can about the mysterious woman in white, the three soon find themselves drawn into a chilling vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue.
At 672 pages, this book is quite the tome. I am halfway through and about to pick it back up – but thought I would pop in to say what an amazing read this has been so far.
Though a classic written in 1859, it’s very readable. It’s written in multiple POV, and I believe it is one of the first books to do so. The suspense is palpable and when you read this book you are completely immersed in the characters and their motivations. I will say you care about these characters in a way you may not have had the book been shorter, so I don’t mind the length.
Halfway through and I can see this being one of my favorite books of all time.
If you haven’t read this book, please do so. I regret not starting it earlier.