Genre: Classics, Gothic, Mystery
I am not sure what compelled me to start reading this book, really! I have a personal mission to read as many classics as I care to do, since they interest me much in terms of understanding the society of that time and exploring different writing styles, and also because I like to start drawing similarities/differences between modern literature and classics of the genres. So maybe that’s why?
Also it was free on Kindle (see Amazon link above!), which is always an encouragement.
This is one of the few books that I will recommend to be read as an Audiobook instead of the written format. While the story is equally strong when consumed either way, the cast does a wonderful job of bringing to life the different characters. Marian is a strong, intelligent person and I am glad she is a main character and gets a lot of part of the narration. While she has such a clear low opinion on women, if you can look past that, she is a wonderful character. Also, I like to think the jabs she takes at other women and herself are a way that Collins showed the contradiction between the expectations of what women were vs how strong Marian was. Or maybe he was just trying to placate the ~sensibilities of male readers who might be shocked at Marian’s strong personality… I don’t know. But I think it’s worth reading the book despite that.
The thickness of the plot is something I hardly see in any book. There are plots within plots, there is love and passion, and revenge, and hatred and fear, so much fear. The true source of the creepy feeling from this novel is how real it will feel, especially for women readers. How easy it was for the men to ruin the lives of some of the female characters, just by wanting to. Just because they were spiteful. It’s chilling.
The book is long, but it is not boring. There is always something going on and, despite the slow start, it picks up pace and when things start really happening, oh man. You’ll be turning pages. I was so impressed by how interesting this book was. This is easily one of the best creepy books I’ve ever read.