Two young men linked by a familial murder mystery, a beautiful yet wicked governess who spins a web of deceit, and five individuals named Allan Armadale
Wilkie Collins' follow-up to The Woman in White and No Name is an innovative take on mistaken identity, the nature of evil, and the dark underbelly of Victorian England. The story concerns two distant cousins, both named Allan Armadale, and the impact of a family tragedy, which makes one of them a target of the murderous Lydia Gwilt, a vicious and malevolent charmer determined to get her hands on the Armadale fortune. Will the real Allan Armadale be revealed, and will he survive the plot against his life?
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- TX lilbit
When authors are paid by the word
Victorian writers' novels were often originally published as serials to boost newspaper/periodical sales. This system birthed some of the greatest English language books ever - and some not so great. I really enjoyed Wilkie Collins' 'The Lady in White' and 'The Moonstone,' but this book definitely screams 'paid by the word.' Maybe 'paid by the pound.' For every idea, interaction or set piece that moves the plot forward, there are 5 that are painfully and pointlessly drawn out almost beyond belief. If the author wrote "she drew a breath and then spoke" before each sentence it wouldn't be out of step with the pacing.