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by Ira B. Nadel,Wilkie Collins

A mystery of unrelenting suspense and penetrating characterization, The Dead Secret explores the relationship between a fallen woman, her illegitimate daughter, and buried secrets in a superb blend of romance and Gothic drama. Reprinted here in the only critical edition available, is the text of the first edition, including Collins's preface and revisions. A superb introduction relates the text to Collins's love of the theatre, and previous and subsequent works.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Download The Dead Secret (Oxford World's Classics) epub
ISBN: 0199536716
ISBN13: 978-0199536719
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Ira B. Nadel,Wilkie Collins
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (August 15, 2008)
Pages: 416 pages
ePUB size: 1149 kb
FB2 size: 1765 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 686
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Another fabulous Wilkie Collins book... a very good classic read. However, if you have a vivid imagination, I don't recommend you read the scary parts at night during a thunderstorm (as I accidentally did one evening and scared the wits out of myself and the cat). It is just enough of a ghost story for goosebumps but mostly a story of devotion and the twists life can throw at people, in any era. They young honeymooners at the center of the story are delightful and annoying at the same time, the bitter alienated uncle and his Dickensian evil servant beg for the traditional boo-hiss, and Collins makes us wait until the end to figure out how they will all survive under very trying circumstances. Happy I found this one.
I usually love Wilkie Collins' works. However, this book was a labor intensive read. It was so wordy and I lost focus many times during the reading of the book. One of my favorites things about this author is his writing style. It can be superfluous but it was always enjoyable. His sentence structure and manner of composing a thought is generally appealing to me but not this book. Fortunately, I just stared the Haunted Hotel and so far its exactaly the style and pace that I have come to love from this author. I'm still a fan! But beware, the Dead Secret is an exhausting read.
I am in the process of reading all of Wilkie Collins books, and this one was good, too. The secret suspended until almost the end was less than melodramatic, but his writings always contain little mysteries throughout so that you keep reading. His style of writing is plain and understandable, but with no lack of very intelligent words not much used today - but which are very descriptive - such as alacrity, which those writers in that period used often. I would recommend this book to those who are looking for clean, interesting, reading, with not an overload of descriptions of every room, leaf, tree, or person. And, where, for the most part, women are treated with respect as women, and not as objects.
I haven't read a lot of Wilkie Collins, but what I have I have thoroughly enjoyed, and this one's no exception. His can follow a humorous tone where a particular character might be involved, very apparent in the case of the butler here, then take on a heavier mood for another, etc. His use of alternating first-person narratives within the same work adds a unique flavor to the story, as he has done here as he did in The Woman in White, skillfully giving each "narrator" his or her own unique communicating characteristics to allow the reader to feel different personalities actually wrote or dictated the passages.

This one has a twist you think you have figured out by the time things are explained, only to be checked by the true explanations. Overall another excellent read.
I like Wilkie Collins, and this is pretty typical for WC. The story is about a secret given to a servant before a woman's death, which the servant was supposed to reveal to the deceased's husband, but which instead she hid in a room in his house. It is actually much more complex than that, but it has good characters and a great plot development. As Wilkie Collins once said when asked to describe his formula, "make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em wait." That about sums it up.
Rocky Basilisk
Interest would wane from time to time due to so much description of everything and I would have to skip over some. The vocabulary is really beyond the ordinary reader. I'm sure they would get lost even on the first page. The plot was pretty good. But it seemed the author had a difficult time with sequence. It was a challenge to keep reading til the end. I actually was glad I had made it to the "finish line", The story ended abruptly
I read another book by this author, and never quite have it figured out until it ends. Good suspense. But good overall story and character as well.
So well written, as has been every Wilkie Collins book I've read, that I can recommend it as a good read. The "mystery" is not of the typical kind for the genre but, then again, this novel was breaking new ground and helping forge the genre in its infancy.
To that end there are no dead bodies, no crimes under investigation, no missing persons, in the classical sense, more a tale of simple curiosity and the honorable reaction upon its uncovering. I would say only that the ending is a bit protracted, accounting for my middling grade.