The Woman in White
Wilkie Collins, 1859-60
After their marriage, Sir Percival strips Laura of her identity and fortune...and the crime story takes off from here. Both Hartright and Laura's beloved half-sister Marian set about to rescue Laura and restore her position in society.
It all makes for delicious reading—stolen inheritance, adultery, insanity, drugs, and a mysterious unidentified figure. Poor half-sister Marian—she of the light moustache, not lovely enough to land a husband—becomes the story's most appealing character, if not in appearance surely in spirit and intelligence! Collins must have rattled some Victorian cages when he created such an independent, resourceful female figure.
This is a long read, but it goes fairly quickly. Still you might consider dividing it up into 2 months... that is if you can stand the suspense.
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