The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more of a Gothic novel but it’s more of a mystery novel. It was still a great book. The Woman in White is considered to be Collins’ greatest work.
The book is set in the United Kingdom – Cumberland County, London and Hampshire.
There’s not just one main character. The story follows sisters Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe, as well as The Woman in White, Anne Catherick. The drawing teacher, Walter Hartright, helps the sisters to piece together the mystery.
The Woman in White meets Hartright on the way to Limmeridge House, where Laura and Marian are residing. Anne has just escaped from the asylum, where she was placed by Sir Percival Glyde, Laura’s fiance. The question for most of the book is why is Sir Percival so interested in finding Anne? She must know something about him that could damage his reputation but what?
After leaving Limmeridge House, Hartright joins an expedition to South America. He and Laura are in love but she still marries Sir Percival. Laura and Marian both move to Sir Percival’s estate at Blackwater Park, where they meet Count Fosco, who is married to their estranged aunt. Count Fosco and Sir Percival are definitely plotting against Laura and Marian in order to get Laura’s fortune. It is unbelievable what people will do for money.
I cannot tell you anything without giving away everything. Trust me when I say, it’s a great book and worth reading.
If you like mysteries like Agatha Christie or Hitchcock movies, then you will love this book. If you are plotting against someone to get their money, then you should read something else.
If you are looking something a bit spooky to do this Spooktober, Car Rentals has invented a spook meter to rank seven of America’s most haunted roads. Who wouldn’t love a good old-fashioned scary road trip? When my boyfriend finds out about the haunted road trip, he will have the car packed in record time.
There is a unique story along with a podcast or book to discover even more of the legends on each road. The roads are conveniently laid out in a bone-chilling route that takes around six hours to complete.
If you are brave enough, follow the spooky link to uncover the detailed stories of Amerca’s most haunted roads.
Indie punk rock band, WIVES, will be releasing their debut album, So Removed, on October 4. It will be available in all of the usual places.
It sounds like punk and grunge. If MC5 and Stone Temple Pilots had a musical baby, it would be WIVES. Call me crazy but I like punk rock bands that actually have decent voices and can play their instruments.
So WIVES fits the bill. Their sound is loud, distorted and sometimes like they are singing into a can but it’s all good. Punk rock . . . It was hard to pick a favorite song on the album. The top three favorites are “Hit Me Up,” “The Future is a Drag” and “Waving Past Nirvana.”
WIVES are from Queens and Brooklyn. I’d like to listen to this album in New York City or while pretending to get ready for a night out on the town. Maybe if I listen to the album I will actually go somewhere.
Speaking of going somewhere. WIVES will be going to Europe in November. They have a show in New York on October 3. Their last show in the US before heading to Europe is October 5 in Philadelphia.
WIVES is Jay Beach on guitar and vocals, Adam Sachs on drums, Andrew Bailey on guitar, and Alex Crawford on bass.