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The Wheel Spins (RosettaBooks Into Film Book 9) by [White, Ethel Lina]
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Length: 200 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (July 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XREM38
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By bookworm on August 15, 2011
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Iris is befriended on a train by an elderly spinster who then vanishes. People who saw her deny they did, causing Iris and others to question her sanity and putting her in danger. She persists in trying to find the missing woman. I won't give away the conclusion but will just say that the experience leaves Iris more secure about her identity and with new empathy for others.

This is an interesting book, perfectly suited for Alfred Hitchcock. I often stayed a step ahead of the action but the author's graphic similes and metaphors were so good that I really enjoyed reading it.
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I am a huge fan of Hitchcock, and so I decided that it was time to read this book after seeing the movie and then finding out that it was a book first. What a fantastic story, I adored the movie and the book is now dear to my heart. If you are a Hitchcock fan than this is a necessary read for you, and if you haven't delved into the world of Hitchcock but love a good mystery than this also is the book for you. Very well written and keeps you on your toes, continually rooting for the hero to succeed. Love it!
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By Lev Raphael on September 13, 2013
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The Wheel Spins is an unjustly ignored crime classic about a spoiled woman reduced to the most profound loneliness: wondering if she's losing her mind. It's beautifully written, gripping, and deserves to be available in paperback as well. Hitchcock turned this dark, psychological thriller into an almost farcical movie that I find painful to watch, especially when compared to the superb new PBS version. If you know the 1930s film The Lady Vanishes, you'll be surprised by the emotional depth of this novel.
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Here's your chance to read a great mystery about another Girl On A Train. The Wheel spins is also known as The Lady Vanishes, an Alfred Hitchcock major movie classic in 1938. I chose the title because this story is a mystery that takes a place on a very long train trip across Europe. Iris Carr is on her way back to London after a holiday in the Alps with friends. She is befriended by an older lady, Mrs Froy, who inexplicably disappears yet no other passenger will admit ever seeing her on the train.The reader also may wonder if there really was a Mrs Froy.
I gave the book 5 stars because, although, I had seen the movie version many times, I very much enjoyed the book. I was reading another book where it referred to author, Ethel Lina White and this particular book of the 1936. I plan on reading her other books and already started Some Must Watch of 1933 which was also a Hitchcock movie called The Spiral Staircase.
I loved Ethel Lina Whites writing, I could imagine myself in the little alps village, also felt the movement of the train and hypnotizing sounds of train travel. I easily recommend this to anyone who loves a mystery and loves being fully involved in an old classic novel.
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No wonder Hitchcock chose to bring this book to life in the movie "The Lady Vanishes." Intriguing and suspenseful (although somewhat predictable), the book was difficult to put down. A good read for all mystery lovers.
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The plot is simple and explained elsewhere. There's really no mystery after a bit, as the reader more-or-less knows, along with the heroine, what the basic truth is, but we just don't know the details.

The prose is well crafted. But the explanation of how the English people on the train were part of the deception is weakly and unsatisfactorily explained. The heroine, who starts out as an unlikeable spoiled brat, continues that way through most of the book and at the end I felt sorry for her new boyfriend.

I would like to see the Hitchcock movie, which I believe could be much better than the book.
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Public Television [Mystery Playhouse] recently remade this story, filmed initially [in 1937/8] by Alfred Hitchcock. He also adapted Hightower's 'Strangers on a Train' and Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express'. Hitchcock saw the dramatic potential of crimes hatched on fast-moving steam trains, careening through European borders and storied capital cities. The book recalls the strange, other-worldly pre-World War 2 atmosphere in Europe, especially among the travelling upper- and middle- classes.. The big problem with Ethel White's novel is that there is never explained a clear reason for the disappearance of a middle-aged spinster who befriends a young, attractive and rich heroine. The woman in question is a middle-aged governess who is on the way back to England to see her aging parents. When she suddenly doesn't return to her seat [after dining with our rich and beautiful young heroine], the young lady fails to convince any other passenger that the governess ever actually existed--even the haughty aristocrats who share the same first-class compartment. I read the book [through Kindle] to see if I could unravel the mystery--why she disappeared, the motivation for her planned murder. But except for a very vague reference to some obscure polical developments involving the anonymous Balkan country from where her aristocratic travelling companions came, I simply couldn't fathom the motive for what turned out to be an abortive attempt at kidnapping with a view to murder. Meanwhile, our young hapless heroine's long journey through the night wasn't without some result: she fell in love with a young English engineer who was eager for her hand despite his shared skepticism about the existence of the disappeared lady.Read more ›
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