Sunday, April 10, 2016
THE WOMAN IN WHITE - Wilkie Collins
I have finally got around to reading this after seeing it feature on 'best of' & 'greatest lists' for years, and it deserves to be on all these lists.
"When the hero, Walter Hartright, on a moonlight night in north London, encounters a solitary, terrified and beautiful woman dressed in white, he feels impelled to solve the mystery of her distress".
What the above blurb fails to state is this has two of the best villain's in literature, absolutely ruthless, and it is slightly mistaken in that although Hartright plays an integral part the real hero is Marian Halcombe.
This was published in 1860 and is one of the first "mysteries". The story is told by sections by the main players in diary and statement form.
This is the first book in a long time that I have wanted to flick through to the end to find out exactly how things end.
It is easy to see how this book has influenced mystery and crime writers for the past 150 years, brilliant.