The Woman in White

by Wilkie Collins

In Brief

A young drawing teacher, Walter Hartright, takes up a new position in Cumberland, and soon falls in love with his student, the lovely Laura Fairlie. But although she reciprocates his love, she is already promised to a baronet with designs upon her fortune. Sir Percival Glyde is not the only threat to Laura’s happiness and sanity; his alarming associate, Count Fosco, adds further complications to a sinister and intricate plot. Will Walter and Laura’s half-sister Marian be able to save the unfortunate bride? Everything, it seems, hinges on the mysterious – and potentially unhinged – woman in white.

Why you should read it

Celebrated as the forerunner of the modern suspense novel, The Woman in White is a gripping read from start to finish. Hidden identities, murky motives and bizarre coincidences mean that nothing is what is seems. With a plot full of mystery, twists and cliff-hangers, The Woman in White is frequently cited as one of the greatest novels of all time.

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