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Moving between the cities of London and Venice, the fates of the adventuress Countess Narona and the woman whose fiance she marries, Agnes Lockwood, become intertwined in a chilling tale of suspense, greed and vengeance."...

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The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice Reviews

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-04-13 08:18

    Intriguing opening chapters (view spoiler)[this is how much: I downloaded the Serial Reader app and liked the first chapter so much I couldn't wait for the rest, so I downloaded the free Kindle copy (hide spoiler)] dreadfully dull middle, and suspenseful and exciting horror towards the end. In some ways the writing feels very dated, in others, it still manages to shock and titillate. I really like Serial Reader, though! It's a new free app that delivers a new "issue," or section of a classic, to your phone every day, with the idea that it allows you to read books in short increments of no more than 20 minutes. Clean, pleasurable interface and reading experience, and it definitely makes tackling old classics you've been meaning to read feel less daunting and more manageable. Small selection so far, but they've just gotten started. I downloaded the app because I posted a photo of A Tale of Two Cities to Litsy, and a couple of people told me they were reading it via SR. I love the idea of people doing that, since Dickens (and Wilkie Collins too) was so well known for having stories published via serials in newspapers. It's a modern day Victorian reading app!

  • Amy | shoutame
    2019-03-26 07:57

    This is my third Wilkie Collins novel and I loved it just as much as the other two.We follow the story of a family who have been told of their relative's death whilst on his honeymoon in Italy. None of them want to believe the letters confirming his death and they all begin to feel rather suspicious of his new wife; especially as rumours are spread around London regarding her past. They decide to set out to Italy themselves to uncover the mystery behind his death. On reaching the hotel each family member experiences something of the paranormal and they begin to question whether their relative really died in the innocent ways that have been described to them - the mystery deepens. What happened to their relative in the hotel? What will they uncover whilst sleeping under the roof where he died?A brilliantly written and enjoyable read! I would highly recommend Collins to any lover of Agatha Christie!

  • Krystal
    2019-04-07 06:00

    Ehhhhhhhhh not sure about this one!Very slow on the suspense and intrigue and creepiness, but I was definitely suckered in by the foreshadowing. Absolutely fascinating characters, and I quite enjoyed the way the Countess was introduced, as it garnered instant sympathy for her and her troubled spirit.Agnes was pretty bland, considering how much hinged on her, but it was balanced by the enigmatic Henry through his devotion to her.The characters were all introduced in different contexts which really enhanced that idea that nothing was as it seemed. I liked that I questioned everyone's motives, and each different tale. It was cleverly written, that's for sure.I guess what I didn't like was that it all felt like a bit of an anti-climax to me. It's called 'The Haunted Hotel' but the hotel doesn't even exist until well over halfway through the story. The opening chapter was superb, but the rest was really dragged out. There just wasn't any horror, and aside from (view spoiler)[the missing courier (hide spoiler)] there wasn't a great deal of mystery, either.That ending though, wow! that really hooked me. (view spoiler)[I feel like maybe that terrible, decaying head might haunt my dreams a little tonight (hide spoiler)]Overall, a decent expression of atmosphere and an okay tale of intrigue. If you're looking for horror or major chills, though, I'd probably look elsewhere.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-04-22 07:09

    3.5The last chapters transform this story from decent to pretty good. The title promises ghosts, but the way that is handled is subtle and never in your face. The supernatural element is there, but it never gets the attention you'd expect in a story like this.I found some of the characters beyond annoying though. The Haunted House is also a murder mystery. You are left questioning what you've read in the end.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-07 02:04

    I liked this story. It was multifaceted in that it was not just a haunted house story, but also a murder mystery. Collins builds the suspense and the feeling of curiosity that keeps the reader engaged. I found the writing to be far from dated. The language was not antiquated, but felt almost modern in some ways. The print for my copy is rather small, and that's the only reason I didn't read it faster. Yesterday, I kept saying, I'll read to this point, and to that point, before I knew it, it was quite late and I had to put the book down to go to bed. I didn't find the prose melodramatic. Instead, I found that Collins is matter of fact in describing horrors. It's merely in the reading of such things that the horror is evoked. I was quite surprised at the horrible things that had occurred, and it wasn't due to that Campy Gothic or Victorian Penny Dreadful tendency to use outlandish language to evoke a dark, sinister tone. I liked his subtle but hilarious humor, particularly in the part in which Francis Westwick goes to the room in question. I was laughing out loud on that part.The Haunted Hotel starts out in an curious manner, with a false narrator. Which is quite brilliant. This beginning narrator never makes another appearance, and I was left to wonder how this plot thread would end up in the titular place. Further reading shows Collins' tendency to continuously introduce new point of views, leaving it up to the reader to see how it ties together. As I consider this novella, I wonder if this was not his way of revealing the intriguing character of the Countess through different eyes. So one cannot easily make up their mind about her. (view spoiler)[ I have to admit that I felt sympathetic to her up to almost the end of the story. While what she does is completely heinous and terrible, I felt that her allegiance to her awful brother was no small factor in her moral failing. In the end, she seemed to merely live down to everyone's expectations of her, instead of reaching higher. Instead of staying true to what I felt was an inner cord of strength, she followed that fatal path to destruction. So I admit that in the end, I still pitied her despite her actions. I was in no small way surprised that she actually was guilty. I thought perhaps she was just a victim of a bad reputation. My feelings towards the Countess make me admire this story more for the clever way in which it was written.(hide spoiler)]Now an impatient reader will wish for Collins to get to the point, but I rather enjoyed the journey. I found the characters interesting, all of which evoking sympathy to some extent (except the Baron, who I found totally repugnant). Collins has a way of writing characters that is quite appealing to me. Even the lesser important characters come to life and earn their screen time when they come into the scenes. I enjoyed the roundabout way of presenting a story that was actually quite chilling in parts. I appreciated how intricately the mystery builds to a satisfying climax for this reader. In the end, I was impressed with this novella by Mr. Collins. I will read more of his work because I think he has a way of writing mystery and suspense that is timeless, drawing me into his writing and not easily letting me go. His characters have impact and come to life for this reader, not sacrificed to a greater goal of evoking horror or terror, as can sometimes happen in this genre. I for one recommend this story to fans of classic/gothic horror and suspense. Read out of The Haunted Hotel & Other Stories.

  • Sean
    2019-04-14 04:58

    The Haunted Hotel is a short ghost story/mystery concerning the death of Lord Montbarry and the strange occurrences that happen at his palace of residence in Venice which is converted into a hotel after his death. This novella skips a lot of the description and detail that is found in his longer and more famous works. Therefore, the story does seem to be rushed and summarized. However, this is good place to start if you want something a little more fast paced and want to get familiar with Collins’s writing style. Although it doesn’t stand up to Woman and White or the Moonstone, it was worth reading and gives some variety to Collins’ repertoire.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-07 00:51

    Really 2 and 1/2 stars. This felt more like an outline of a novel, as the characters were not well-developed nor very interesting. The two main female characters (Agnes and The Countess) were pretty annoying at times. There was a big "info dump" at the end that seemed like lazy writing on the author's part. Not as well-written as some of the author's earlier books, and not as much fun to read. Don't start with this book, if you are new to Wilkie Collins. He does write some good novels - this book just isn't one of them.

  • Duane
    2019-04-22 06:14

    This review contains a major spoiler.3.5 stars. Published almost 20 years after The Woman in White, they were similar in certain aspects, especially switching identities of deceased people. Although entertaining, it is nowhere close to being as good as his earlier classic. But I like the writing style of Collins and I have many more of his books to look forward to.

  • Amelia
    2019-04-16 08:20

    Well it wasn't to bad but it wasn't good

  • Brooke
    2019-03-26 08:07

    Wilkie Collins, a close friend of Charles Dickens, is best known for his novels The Woman in White and The Moonstone, and The Haunted Hotel is very similar in its tone and atmosphere. The Countess Narona steals away Lord Montbarry from Abby Lockwood. Despite Abby's forgiving nature, the Countess is convinced that Abby has doomed her to a tragic ending. When Montbarry dies and his courier disappears, Montbarry's family slowly unravels the mystery that is left behind.Collins has a tendency to constantly switch narrators, a technique that is also present here. It can be disconcerting until you meet all the characters and get a feel for each of them. He uses each narrator well, however, as each one is able to fill in parts of the story that the others are not able to.The resolution of The Haunted Hotel is particularly horrific, which is odd, given how simplistic it is compared to the many serial killer and horror novels I've read. The chills come from the total depravity and indifference that the villains exhibit towards the victims and towards each other.The Haunted Hotel is available in many editions; I recommend one that contains Collins' other (very) short stories as well.

  • Onaiza Khan
    2019-04-10 04:02

    It's a great story, liked it

  • Franky
    2019-04-12 08:19

    As with many other Wilkie Collins novels, The Haunted Hotel has elements of fate, romance, danger, deception, murder and mystery. The story begins with Lord Montbarry breaking off his engagement to Anges Lockwood. Countess Narona, who will marry Lord Montbarry, comes to see a doctor to evaluate her sanity. The Countess seems to be under a good deal of stress about this marriage, as she was unaware Montbarry had already been engaged. There is an aura of fatalism about the Countess, as she feels an impending sense of dread about this situation.However, the marriage goes through, and it seems that the Countess and Agnes Lockwood will cross paths several times. When a mysterious death takes place a bit later, followed by a disappearance of equal mystery, then things get more complicated. Fate seems to beckon all key characters to an ill-fated hotel with one seriously spooky room. The novel’s conclusion, where all is unraveled in the denouement, is probably the most effective part of the book and mystery to the plot. As always, Collins knows how to put everything together in amazing fashion and hold our interest by delaying major plot developments. This makes the final few chapters quite compelling, as we await the fates of key characters and the mysteries involved with the hotel. I also really enjoyed the “book within a book” approach that Collins utilizes as a key component in the mystery. Still, I think that several of Collins longer books are much more effective at creating a well-timed pacing and building the appropriate amount of suspense and tension. The pacing for The Haunted Hotel seems to be off, with long bouts of romance and trivial developments in the first half that stall the story. At these moments where we learn a bit of the background the plot moves at a plodding pace, with no sense of tension or real drive to get going anywhere. It is only when several character motives are in plain view, and when the hotel becomes the focus, that the suspense takes off and heads to a fitting conclusion.

  • Abrir un Libro
    2019-04-01 07:05

    Siempre es un placer leer a Wilkie Collins y a su fantástico estilo narrativo aunque en esta novela, El hotel encantado, no llega a alcanzar la maestría de otros de sus libros como por ejemplo la maravillosa La dama de blanco (1860) o La piedra lunar (1868). Wilkie Collins, después del gran éxito de ventas alcanzado con sus novelas -gracias a la revista All the Year Round y a su amigo Charles Dickens-, inició su declive como escritor, apuntando todo a la fuerte drogodependencia por el láudano a causa de una gota reumática y, posteriormente, a la pérdida de su mentor y amigo, Dickens, en 1870. En El hotel encantado –The Haunted Hotel-, escrito en 1878, ya se aprecia este declive aunque... http://www.abrirunlibro.com/2016/01/e...

  • F.R.
    2019-04-18 08:06

    The first Wilkie Collins book I read was The Woman In White, which is excellent and I would heartily recommend. Since then I have always been somewhat disappointed by him. The Moonstone - thanks to a ludicrous denoument - disappoints, while Armadle is a mess.As such I approached this short novel with a sense of mild trepidation, but this is actually a strong tale. A mysterious European countess marries an English Lord who dies shortly afterwards, the ramifications affect his entire family.Written in a more straightforward style than his more famous works, Collins does succeed in maintaining the mystery and tension throughout. To be fair the supernatural elements are somewhat glossed over, but this tale of sex, guilt and murder does have more than enough grisly twists and turns.

  • Mike
    2019-04-21 07:04

    Nice mystery, revolving around a neat twist. Collins isn't as profuse in his writing as his friend, Dickens, thankfully, and the story zips along at a fair (if occasionally improbable) pace. On the other hand, his characters aren't as vivid as Dickens' either. There's no one much who stands out in the book as a strong character, though at least the young women have some personal strength compared to the overly romanticised heroines Dickens often produced. Anyway the book isn't really about character: people come and go and are mostly there to serve the functions of the plot. Unfortunately, another reviewer on Goodreads spoilt the surprise for me when I happened to glance at their review in which they revealed the twist. Very naughty!

  • Char
    2019-04-20 05:55

    This was a fun read!Written around the late 1870's, it's a mysterious tale with a hint of the supernatural. The story is woven around around both the old and the young between the cities of London and Venice. Mr. Collins keeps the pace moving by revealing small pieces of the mystery at a time and then reeling the reader in with them. I thought that this tale would lean more towards the supernatural side, but the mystery was well conceived and told and I enjoyed myself anyway. Recommended!

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    2019-04-20 07:56

    This is quite weak and mediocre for Wilkie Collins, but nobody can write only masterpieces I suppose. It wasn't bad and it was generally enjoyable, although a little dragged and boring at times. It has more of that 'weekly column in a newspaper' feel than a real book (which was very likely the case of its first being published as well).

  • Renee M
    2019-04-20 06:18

    Good, Ghostly, Grisly, Melodrama filled with plenty of paranormal activity, a little romance, and a ghoulishly entertaining mystery. Delightfully diverting!

  • Lobo
    2019-04-04 03:14

    Nie było tak ciekawe czy wciągające jak "Kobieta w bieli". Polskie wydanie poza tytułowym "Nawiedzonym hotelem" zawiera też kilka opowiadań grozy. I Collins lepiej sprawdza się w klimacie sensacyjno-detektywistycznym, bo tutaj się wynudziłam. Opowiadania są naiwne, nawet wedle standardów odbiorców z XIX wieku. Brakuje im subtelność, którą można znaleźć chociażby u Blackwooda, a bezpośredni i niemal gawędziarski styl Collinsa nie kreuje klimatu grozy. Większość opowiadań mocno zapośrednicza narrację ("historia opowiedziana mi przez przyjaciela, którego znajomy był świadkiem tych wydarzeń..."), co tworzy dystans wobec historii i minimalizuje efekt, chociaż powinno go wzmacniań, bo oto relacja świadka... Dwa najlepsze opowiadania w zbiorze dobrze pokazują, jaki problem ma Collins z historiami grozy. W jednym opowiadaniu główny bohater trafia do pokoju w hotelu, w którym musi dzielić noc z... zwłokami na sąsiednim łóżku. Pomysł jest świetny, przewrotny, bardzo w stylu Edgara Allana Poe. Przez całą noc, zamiast spać, uporczywie wpatruje się w zwłoki, czy się nie poruszą. Kiedy gaśnie świeca, a księżyc znika za chmurą, zapala jedną zapałkę, drugą, trzecią, a pomiędzy ich gaśnięciami ma wrażenie, że zwłoki podrygują. Poe zrobiłby z tego studium postępującego obłędu. Miałabym gęsią skórkę. Tutaj okazuje się, że to była pozorna śmierć, zwłoki wracają do życia, okazują się być przyrodnim bratem osoby zamkniętej w pokoju, historia się ciągnie i ciągnie, i ma coraz mniej sensu. Końcowe opowiadanie, "Diabelskie okulary", wychodzi z założenia, że główny bohater dostaje od przyjaciela rodziny okulary, które ten dostał od diabła, które pokazują najgorsze ludzkie myśli. I zaczyna oglądać przez nie swoje otoczenie. Problem polega na tym, że nic z tego nie wynika. Nie zrywa zaręczyn, nie morduje matki, nie popełnia samobójstwa. Nic strasznego się nie dzieje, brakuje temu konsekwencji. Collins panicznie bał się konsekwencji nadnaturalnego, które opisywał. Więc jest ono u niego zaledwie fikcyjne i nierzeczywiste. Nie oddziałuje na realny świat, więc nie jest straszne. To była miła, niewymagająca, bezmózga wręcz lektura na okres dzikiej grypy, która mnie męczyła od sylwestra. Ale docierając do końca tomu, nie pamiętam większości opowiadań i tylko częściowo dlatego, że miałam gorączkę przy czytaniu.

  • Amle
    2019-04-23 04:53

    The Haunted Hotel is a mystery in the typical Collins style I’ve come to love, but unlike the novels I’ve read prior to this one this one was over in a flash and contains supernatural events. On a mere 200-something pages I was swept through madness, fate, coincidence, conspiracy, superstition, love, and dark secrets.Because of the uncustomary length of the novel it did not hold the same level of intrigue and intricacies, neither was the depth of the characters as profound as I have grown used to.I can still hear Wilkie’s special voice and I think it might be a good introduction to his writing for people who don’t want to commit to a 700-page novel without knowing what they’re in for.The story itself is focused around Agnes Lockwood, a young woman recently cast aside by her fiancé, the Lord Montbarry. The woman he left her for was none other than the captivating, and slightly frightening, Countess Narona, who causes disruption in the Lord’s family with her brother’s bad reputation, her ghostly skin, and dark eyes. The Lord and his bride travels to Venice and take up residence, far away from his disapproving family as Agnes vows to forgive and forget the newlyweds.When the news of the Lord Montbarry’s passing, and the disappearance of his courier, reaches Agnes, event after event forces her to the inevitable confrontation with the Countess. What happened all those months ago? And what is really going on at the deceased Lord's palace, that is now refurbished into the grandest hotel in Venice?As a fan of Collins, I loved this story but it was too brief to be a new favourite. I would still recommend this to anyone who likes his writing. It is a fast-read page turner with enjoyable cliff hangers, and many wonderful gothic characteristics.

  • Dfordoom
    2019-04-01 07:14

    Published in 1878. A fascinating mix of mystery fiction and the gothic, nicely ambiguous and very atmospheric.

  • Giulia_lamadeleine
    2019-04-08 09:13

    Anche i migliori sbagliano

  • Elena T.
    2019-04-21 04:52

    “Se proprio devi ricordare il tempo passato, perché non rammenti il tempo del mio primo amore per te?”

  • Ali
    2019-04-24 00:55

    In The Haunted Hotel – a woman visits a doctor apparently in fear that she is going mad – her story – that she is about to be married to a titled man whose family are dead set against his marriage. Infamous stories about the woman are already circulating throughout society. thehauntedhotel2For the woman the Countess Narona has supplanted another woman in the affections of her fiancé Lord Montbarry – the good gentle Agnes Lockwood – of whose very goodness the Countess seems terrified – as it highlights her own guilt. Agnes Lockwood, jilted by Lord Montbarry is still friends with his family – the Westwick family who hate the very name of the Countess.The Countess and Lord Montbarry are married and spend the next few months in Venice at an old Palace, taking with a courier, the husband of a former pupil of Agnes Lockwood, a man of dubious character desperate for employment, and Baron Rivar – the former Countess’s sinister brother. Having insured his life for £10,000 – his estate is entailed – Lord Montbarry is soon dead of bronchitis – and the courier missing – a £1000 note having been sent to his wife in England anonymously.One year later – and the Palace has been converted into a hotel – one of Lord Montbarry’s brothers is an investor in the scheme. A trip to Venice is organised and several members of the deceased Lord’s family, along with Agnes (in her new role as governess to the new Lord Mountbarry’s children) find themselves at the newly converted hotel. Not at first realising where they are, three separate members of the Westwick family experience nauseating smells, insomnia and nightmares in the room where the previous Lord Montbarry died. Agnes’s experience is even more unsettling (due to some complicated room swapping). “What lurking temptations to forbidden tenderness find their finding-places in a woman’s dressing-gown, when she is alone in her room at night!Henry Westwick – who is determined to finally win the hand of the fair Agnes – is determined to get to the bottom of these disturbances – and finds himself having to consult the widow of his poor brother (back in Venice too) in order to do so.The ending of this story is a little unsatisfactory – but all in all a good read – Wilkie Collins is a good story teller if nothing else.

  • Mimi
    2019-04-20 07:00

    This is my first Wilkie Collins book and I thought that it was very impressive. It starts off very mysteriously with Countess Narona turning up to see Doctor Wybrow convinced that she is going mad. The Countess believes this after meeting her future husband's, former fiancé Agnes Lockwood. She believes that Agnes will bring about her downfall.After reading this first chapter, I just knew that I had to carry on. I was intrigued by the Countess and wanted to know more her and Agnes. I thought that Agnes must be a character to fear. But as the story moves to Agnes you soon learn she is a very friendly person who everybody likes. As the story goes on you learn that the Countess has married Lord Mountbarry and moved to Venice. But their marriage is only short as Lord Mountbarry dies very suddenly. Left a widow, with only her brother the Baron, people are suspicious and think they were only after the Lord's insurance money. Plus to add to the mystery another person who went with them called Ferrari has now gone missing. This is when the story really begins with many twists and turns. It showed me how good Collins is at writing a mystery.Most of the characters were interesting but the Countess was my favourite. I felt from the start, she was always hiding something never telling the whole truth. Agnes was good and I liked how she tried to be good to everyone including the Countess. But she just didn't seem to stand out next to the Countess. The Baron, was the only character I felt was disappointing. I just thought he would get better as the story went on. But he always seemed to be someone in the background. The writing in general was good, I just found there was a bit too many descriptions in places that made me lose interest a little in places. I would recommend this book to people who like a mystery.

  • Sandra Riverol
    2019-04-10 03:14

    Vale esta novela es algo muy diferente en la literatura de horror de estos tiempo. Se preguntarán por qué... Primeramente es una novela muy elegante, y no sólo me refiero a la época y la propiedad con la que se expresan los personajes, sino que no tiene ese terror vulgar con las escenas gráficas que dan repugnancia, y aunque contiene pocas escenas de fantasmas tiene una forma tan hermosa de provocar el miedo y mantener el interés que para los amantes de la Buena narrativa es algo perfecto.Segunda, esta novela no sólo tiene la parte del horror sino que tiene mucha parte de locura, y bastante romanticismo, por lo que te da un descanso de un mismo gpener9 para introducirse en los demás. Aparte de que es muy corta y muy rápido de leer.El tercer aspecto es que el inicio es maravilloso verán: Hay una pareja que se va a casar, la condesa y lord. Montbarry; antes de casarse la condesa va con un médico, al cual le confiesa qué va a matar a alguien por culpa de la ex prometida de lord M. y cuenta como esta mujer, tan dulce y tranquila la perturba al no tenerle reconoces... Unos días después sucede una tragedia De ahí, les recomiendo que lean el libro.Este libro es realmente refrescante, interesante, los personajes están bien elaborados (Solamente bien porque no profundizan mucho, sin embargo, a medida que pasa la historia paredes un poco de cada uno), y aparte se lee en dos días.Le puse tres porque fue mi primer libro de horror y aunque en partes estuvo muy flojo disfruté leerlo.

  • Michael
    2019-03-29 06:17

    This book is all about the plot, which Collins deftly builds towards its climax. It's a proper "page-turner", which keeps you wanting to read the next chapter to see what will happen. He also keeps you guessing as to whether the central mystery is of human devising or whether there really is a supernatural agency involved.Where the story is let down is in the use of stock characters and a lack of effective use of its setting.The conventional Gothic characters are used: Villainous Baron; Sinister Continental Lady; Aloof, Emotionless Lord; Wronged English Gentlewoman; and so on. There is little character development, with the best drawn being that of the apparently conflicted Countess Narona: is she really racked with guilt for obscurely guessed crimes? Is she a victim herself? Is she playing a part designed to further enmesh the innocent heroine? The Countess really carries the story and is by far the most interesting person in it.Then there is Venice, or the lack thereof. Having subtitled the story A Mystery of Modern Venice, apart from a couple of mentions of St Mark's Square, canals and gondolas, the setting could have been anywhere. I think Collins really missed an opportunity of building atmosphere: no chases through moonlit canals, no ghostly gondoliers, no introductions into Venetian society, whether high or low.A quick read, and an enjoyable one, but not a masterpiece.

  • Karol
    2019-04-02 07:09

    There is nothing like Victorian horror to put me in shivers. Wilkie Collins was one of the best authors in this genre. I discovered him first when I read the more well-know The Woman in White. This book, like many from his time, gets off to a bit of a slow start in that so much work is done to establish "mood". At the same time, there is a startling and intriguing personality right from the beginning who doesn't seem to make sense - and I found myself wanting to know what was going on behind all of that.I became thoroughly engrossed in the story about a third of the way in, with clear but horrible suspicions about what might have happened and a desire to know if I was right. The author ends with an explanation that makes sense and ties all the threads woven through the story together. Yet - was it the truth?Having given this a 5/5 star rating, I have to admit that the first time I picked up this book a few years ago, I didn't get past the third chapter. I don't think at that time I was able to focus properly, or slow down my thinking enough to submerse myself in the pace of the narrative. Having been able to do that this time, I thoroughly enjoyed the masterful storytelling that honestly did give me the creeps.

  • Marts(Thinker)
    2019-04-08 07:09

    A ghost story by Wilkie Collins written in the 1800s, this tells the tale of Lord Montbarry of the Westwick family who breaks off his engagement to Agnes to marry the Countess Narona, and after a tour of Venice live in a large palace...Well, Montbarry dies and a bit of mystery surrounds this, the palace is refurbished and becomes a popular hotel. The Westwick family eventually meet there but are, on separate occasions and are all plagued by insomnia, nightmares, horrid smells and ghostly figures... Well there's an intro for you, theres still money, murder, secret rooms,and an unusually written 'play'...Great classic ghost story...

  • Marvin
    2019-03-27 02:20

    This is Wilkie Collins' only novel that has a supernatural theme. It is a solid entry in the genre of Victorian ghost stories but is in no way the equal of Collins' mysteries, The Moonstone and The Woman In White. Nonetheless it is quite entertaining. Again we have strong female characters and many little plot twists and surprises. If you have not read Wilie Collins I wouldn't start with this but if you have, you will find it rwearding.