The Woman in White By Wilkie Collins

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This was my first experience of reading a Wilkie Collin’s novel and I really enjoyed the experience. So I would like to thank Will at Alma Books for being so kind and sending me a copy in exchange for a honest and fair review.

The Woman in White was written by Wilkie Collins and was originally published in a weekly periodical between late 1859 and 1860 as a serial story. This book is also believed to be the first English crime detective novel. The story starts with a man by the name of Walter Hartwright who at the very beginning of the book comes across a young woman completely dressed in white, she appears to be slightly lost and a little distressed so Walter helps to direct her on her way. After this event occurs Walter overhears two men speaking with a police officer asking if he has seen a woman clad in white as she has escaped from an insane asylum. Months later Walter is in a different part of the country and happens to come across this woman in white once again. The story then flicks between various other characters who have also been affected by this woman.

There are many things that I loved about this book such as how it is told through many different perspectives, the skill of the word and sentence placement, the fly on the wall perspective of events and just the fact that this novel is a beautifully crafted piece of work that leaves a lasting impression on the reader.

This novel is a Victorian fiction that combines many different genres together such as: romance, mystery and gothic horror with a psychological twist.

When it comes to The Woman in White without a doubt it is Wilkie’s characters that both support and propel this story and each and every character has their own unique voice. One area of this book that can be seen as problematic for some readers is the fact that this novel is a classic and therefore can be very wordy in places and have some long drawn out descriptive sentences that at times can be very slow going. However, what I would say is that the story is still definitely worth it so if you can do try and push through these areas.

Lastly this novel have been in print continuously for 150+ years which goes to show how good of a read this Victorian novel is.

(Star-rating to come later)

The edition I read was published by Alma Classics (2016)

(Image is my own please do not take/copy without permission first)

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