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The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice

Wilkie Collins

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A kind, good-hearted genteel young woman jilted, a suspicious death or two that only a few think could be murder, strange apparitions appearing in an hotel all combine to create a horrifying conundrum. Who was the culprit and will finding out finally put an end to the mystery?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Emily eagerly and gratefully accepted the suggestion. An hour was arranged for the meeting on the next day; the correspondence was left under the care of Agnes; and the courier's wife took her leave.

Weary and heartsick, Agnes lay down on the sofa, to rest and compose herself. The careful nurse brought in a reviving cup of tea. Her quaint gossip about herself and her occupations while Agnes had been away, acted as a relief to her mistress's overburdened mind. They were still talking quietly, when they were startled by a loud knock at the house door. Hurried footsteps ascended the stairs. The door of the sitting-room was thrown open violently; the courier's wife rushed in like a mad woman. 'He's dead! They've murdered him!' Those wild words were all she could say. She dropped on her knees at the foot of the sofa—held out her hand with something clasped in it—and fell back in a swoon.

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Community Reviews

Μη με αφήνεις μόνη Χένρι! Δε μπορώ να πάω κάτω, στους χαρούμενους ανθρώπους

Το Στοιχειωμένο Ξενοδοχείο είναι το μοναδικό άλλο έργο του Γουίλκι στο οποίο χρησιμοποιείται συμβατική εξιστόρηση, όπως συμβαίνει και με το νεώτερο κατά 6 χρόνια Άρμαντέιλ. Από την αρχή έκανα τη σκέψη πως υπήρχαν στοιχεί...more

0,4 estrellas

Es una novela gótica y fiel a su época. Me recordó mucho a "Mi prima Rachel" de Daphne Du Maurier. Tienen mucho en común; Sin olvidar que esta fue escrita en 1878 y la de Du Maurier en 1951.

De lectura ágil, su desenlace no defrauda como muchas de su tiempo.

La recomiendo!

Bueno, la narración de la historia me ha gustado, es muy fácil y rápido de leer, los personajes están bien logrados, para mí fue un libro de suspenso más que de miedo o de fantasmas , creo que era predecible lo que iba a suceder.

Charming short novel by dear Wilkie Collins, full of drama, mystery, ghost story, social critique and good humour. Great page-turner with lovely language and very carefully structured to satisfy the reader with a well-deserved climactic ending. I absolutely love Collins for his ability to combine...more

Δεύτερο βιβλίο του Γουίλκι Κόλινς που διαβάζω, μετά την ατμοσφαιρική αλλά μάλλον μέτρια νουβέλα "Ο ζωντανός νεκρός" που διάβασα περίπου τέτοια εποχή πριν από πέντε ολόκληρα χρόνια. Τώρα έχουμε να κάνουμε με ένα αρκετά καλογραμμένο αλλά παλιομοδίτικο μελόδραμα μυστηρίου με υπόνοιες υπερφυσικού τρό...more

I liked this story. It was multifaceted in that it was not just a haunted house story, but also a murder mystery. Collins builds the suspense and the feeling of curiosity that keeps the reader engaged. I found the writing to be far from dated. The language was not antiquated, but felt almost mode...more

This is my third Wilkie Collins novel and I loved it just as much as the other two.

We follow the story of a family who have been told of their relative's death whilst on his honeymoon in Italy. None of them want to believe the letters confirming his death and they all begin to feel rather suspici...more

Ehhhhhhhhh not sure about this one!

Very slow on the suspense and intrigue and creepiness, but I was definitely suckered in by the foreshadowing. Absolutely fascinating characters, and I quite enjoyed the way the Countess was introduced, as it garnered instant sympathy for her and her troubled spi...more

3.5
The last chapters transform this story from decent to pretty good. The title promises ghosts, but the way that is handled is subtle and never in your face. The supernatural element is there, but it never gets the attention you'd expect in a story like this.
I found some of the characters beyond...more

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