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Lady Audley's Secret (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – October 22, 1998
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The story of Braddon's book is clearly inspired by Collins's "The Woman in White" (especially by Laura's story), but it is quite unfair to call "Lady Audley" a poor imitation. (And remember, Collins's story is also said to be based on a French book recording actual crime cases). Lady Audley takes a more defying view on the Victorians, roles of women in particular, and that's the real reason she was such a "sensation," and is again getting our attention now.
The story goes like this: Lucy, a governess without family, is loved by Sir Michael Audley, a rich landowner of Audley Court, Essex, and marries him to the chagrin of some people who look at her as an adventuress. No matter how people think, however, they are living happily.
In the meanwhile, George Talboys, after his long, hard days in Australia searching for goldmine, finally comes back to London, after many years, with money to make his wife happy. But when he encountered his old friend Robert Audley, nephew of Sir Michael, he accidentally knows that his beloved wife is no longer alive.
Those two seemingly unrelated events begin to get entangled after George's sudden missing. Robert starts his own investigation, as if beckoned by a fate, and he, collecting evidences, gradually comes to one inevitable conclusion.
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In any case, the first half of Lady Audley's Secret is compelling in its set-up of the mystery that follows, and I read it very quickly as it kept calling me back to it. The rest of the book, while still interesting, is spent observing the Lady's nephew (through marriage) as he attempts to discover the circumstances of the disappearance of his good friend which he believes is related to the Lady's "secret." The reader easily guesses much of the circumstance of the novel, although it's not quite as simple as it appears. It is also important to note that Braddon plots rather deftly and she savors the development of the novel's progression.
I did have some trouble getting through the last 100 pages of the book, as there was very little left for the reader to do but follow around the nephew's movements as he attempted to prove his theory. And, while Braddon does offer a twist at the end, it is not entirely unexpected, and so is not as effective as it could have been. Still, there is much to like about this book; in contains all the elements of Victorian society and, as such, has several layers within which it serves its audience. Not a must read, but if you're interested in Victorian literature, this is a book which was a sensation during the author's lifetime and may well be worth a look into.
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I choose this rating o four stars because I thought it was a very interesting mystery and the writing was well done, I had to remember it was written in the 1800's and the... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Cheryl
Great book. Good character studies and vivid descriptions. Couldn't put it down ,Published 2 months ago by Terry Mausser
Vaguely based on the notorious Constance Kent scandal, which involved a child’s body thrown into an outhouse pit, Mary Elizabeth Branddon’s 1863 LADY AUDLEY’S SECRET is among the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
Awesome novel. Super suspenseful. Keeps you going page to page.Published 3 months ago by GetYOURGameON!
I loved this book! I needed it for class it arrived just in time for when my class was going to use it. The book was in very good shape, brand new.Published 3 months ago by Domonique Jones
I knew going in that this book would drag along; I just hadn't realized how badly.
The hero wishes to discover what happened to his dearest friend -- the man seems to... Read more