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Summary

A masterful blend of Gothic drama and romance, Wilkie Collins' mystery novel is an exploration of illegitimacy and inheritance. Set in Cornwall, the plot foreshadows The Woman in White with its themes of doubtful identity and deception and involves a broad array of characters. The "secret" of the book's title is the true parentage of the book's heroine, Rosamond Treverton, which has been written down and kept in an unused room at Porthgenna Tower. This is where, 20 years later, much of the novel's action is set. 

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PERFECT PARTNERSHIP

Nicholas Bolton reads all the Wilkie Collins books brilliantly. It is indeed a perfect partnership of beautiful writing, a well woven story and great performance.

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  • 15-03-22

Only complaint is I wish it were longer

And maybe some of the characters could have been more developed. But Nicholas Boulton is a fantastic narrator and Wilkie Collins writes interesting people and twisty-turny stories. This one was perhaps a bit more predictable in parts but it could be because I’ve been on a Wilkie Collins binge!

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  • Maria
  • 29-06-22

A maudlin bog

Really NOT good. Wordy, over the top annoying characters, nothing interesting really happens. This is the first book by this author I disliked enough that I simply couldn't finish it. Even the superlative narrator couldn't save it, and O how he tried. Like the secret referred to in the title this story was just simply dead. Far from being interesting and sympathetic the characters all struck me as Victorian stereotypes. I stopped midway, before this book could ruin the pleasure I take in a a really good Gothic romance.