Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review of The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White
Full of secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain, The Woman in White marked the creation of a new literary genre of suspense fiction that profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.
I think winter is a great time to snuggle up with a blanket, a hot beverage and a long, detailed novel such as The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins. On days when it’s snowing too hard (or just too cold) to leave the house, I enjoyed burying myself in the complex plot. A mystery filled with international intrigue, suspense and a dash of romance, The Woman In White is thus far one of my favorite reads of 2011.

I’m not entirely sure what it is, but novels set in the Victorian era always have me coming back for more. I think it’s partially the setting, but also the fact that many of them are written in prose that is almost over the top, yet somehow still eloquent. Collins’s writing is sophisticated and incredibly witty.

Not only is this novel well written, but plot that is filled with twists and turns. Sometimes I would have to stop and re-read a few paragraphs just to make sure I was absorbing everything and connecting all of the dots. While the mystery is great, this story also had a dash of romance, and even though I quickly figured out the ultimate outcome, I really enjoyed reading about it.

The Woman In White has earned its label as a classic. To be honest, I feel a little presumptuous even posting a review of a classic. However, this is thus far in my top five books of 2011, so I wanted to share the awesomeness with you guys. Lovers of mysteries and long novels must check out The Woman In White.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.


  1. I read this book for a class last year and really enjoyed it. If you like Wilkie Collins you might want to try some Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Most people like Collins more but I think Braddon is fabulous.

  2. I loved this book. It's well written and the plot sufficiently complex enough to hold interest. The English is obviously of an older time, but not tiring. In fact, it was a glimmer into the vernacular of the day. Obviously a classic, I was surprised I had somehow missed it in my usual reading.

    Kevin Elwood



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