The first 100 pages are the hardest to get through, but once Collins ushers his readers and protagonist alike into the isolated gloom of Limmeridge House it becomes plain why this is one of the most celebrated mysteries ever written. The lead couple is rather bland, in particular the heroine, but that weakness is more than compensated for by the presence of such memorable characters as the clever, resourceful Marian Halcombe and the insidious Count Fosco. The tale of greed, murder, madness, revenge and conspiracy that unfolds is well worthy of being considered one of the best and most influential gothic novels of all time.
This absolutely classic book is probably the first written that can be called a "mystery." Anyone interested in that genre really should read it!!
This mystery was first published in 1860. It's a wonderful old classic, the prose is beautiful, the mystery enticing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book but it's not for everyone.
This was my first novel that I read by Wilkie Collins. It is definately close to my favorite book of all time. It caused me to read several other novels by him and so far I have not been disappointed. It is definatly not fast reading, however, it is well worth it!
This book was highly recommended to me at an airport used bookstore. Truly one of the BEST detective books I've read. English writer, and ahead of its time. I truly did not want it to end. Enjoy!