Review: The Woman in White

The Woman in White
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My literary club just finished reading stories associated with the Horror/Gothic genre. Some may question whether this book fits into the Gothic genre or whether it is considered a Mystery/Detective story. I say it is both but that is an argument for another Time. The Woman in White weaves a tale of romance and mystery. At the heart of the story are two sisters, Marian Halcombe and Laura Fairlie. The latter falls in love with Walter Hartright, a young painter commissioned as drawing master for the sisters, despite being engaged to Sir Percival Glyde. However, questions arise regarding Glyde’s character when a mysterious woman, Anne Catherick, escapes from the insane asylum Sir Percival has placed her in. The novel keeps the reader trying to guess the connections and what will become of two sisters and the love between Fairlie and Hartright. While many questions keep this suspense going, the book does drag in places when the author strays to provide some sort of social commentary or a character goes on a rant for a bit. All in all, the plot is solid and one can very easily keep one going to find out the connection between Catherick and Glyde. However, this can become tedious and cause many to close the book in frustration.

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