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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (A Book Review)

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

The Woman in White is one of my favorite novels of all time! I first read it about 8-10 years ago when my best friend recommended it to me. At the time, I had never heard of Wilkie Collins (what a shame that he is so relatively unknown today!), and I knew nothing about his pioneering career in the mystery genre.

This summer, Wilkie Collins came up in conversation with one of my relatives. My uncle suggested that I read The Moonstone since I had already read The Woman in White. While The Moonstone was good, I could not help but think it was not as intriguing or well-written as The Woman in White. Unfortunately, because I don’t have a very good memory for book details, I couldn’t really remember the plot of The Woman in White, just that it was a thrilling read.

So, I decided to read The Woman in White again, and I was not disappointed. For the second time, I couldn’t put it down! The story is so well-crafted, and the characters are incredibly intriguing and three-dimensional. The twists and turns in the plot fool you right up until the end–even if you’ve already read the book once. The characters surprise you, and you’d have to be a robot or a Vulcan not to respond emotionally and personally to them. And even though the story seems fantastical at first, everything is explained plausibly in the end. If you like to read classic literature but haven’t heard of Wilkie Collins or read The Woman in White before, put this book on your reading list now.

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