Top positive review
Rebecca, a review
16 May 2018
There are stages of reaction this book causes in you. First you hear about it from other reviews, or some kind of best-seller list and so on. Then you buy it and start reading.
Initially, you do not notice the date of its first publication. So, you expect the book to be a super-duper, or a fast page-turner, bla bla and so on.
The style of writing seems a bit old-fashioned. The language is good (as is usually the case with old books). The pace of the story seems to be too slow. That is how you may feel.
If you do feel so, do not give up. Keep on reading. Once you cross the half stage, the story begins to gradually get a grip on you. And then you cannot put down the book! The tension escalates and at times seems to be unbearable. The prose and the descriptive part are handled very efficiently and artistically too. There is an unexpected ending too.
Not for nothing has the book been popular all these years. The author has done a splendid job.
An interesting tit bit. As far as my little reading goes, this is the only book where you do not know the (original) name of the main character (heroine) of the story – even after you have completed reading the book!
Highly recommended. Add it to your TBR list.