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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Is there no explanation of the mystery of The Haunted Hotel? Is The Haunted Hotel the tale of a haunting -- or the tale of a crime? Montberry's beautiful-yet-terrifying wife, the Countess Narona, and her erstwhile brother are the center of the terror that fills the Palace Hotel.

Are their malefac Is there no explanation of the mystery of The Haunted Hotel? Are their malefactions at the root of the haunting -- or is there something darker, something much more unknowable at work? Jacketless library hardcover. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published May 1st by Borgo Press first published More Details Original Title.

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More filters. Sort order. Intriguing opening chapters view spoiler [this is how much: I downloaded the Serial Reader app and liked the first chapter so much I couldn't wait for the rest, so I downloaded the free Kindle copy hide spoiler ] dreadfully dull middle, and suspenseful and exciting horror towards the end. In some ways the writing feels very dated, in others, it still manages to shock and titillate.

I really like Serial Reader, though! It's a new free app that delivers a new "issue," or section of a classic, to Intriguing opening chapters view spoiler [this is how much: I downloaded the Serial Reader app and liked the first chapter so much I couldn't wait for the rest, so I downloaded the free Kindle copy hide spoiler ] dreadfully dull middle, and suspenseful and exciting horror towards the end.

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View 1 comment. 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 suspicious of his new wife; especially as rumours are spread around London regarding her past.

They decide to set out to Italy themselves to uncover the mystery behind his death. On reaching the hotel each fami This is my third Wilkie Collins novel and I loved it just as much as the other two. On reaching the hotel each family member experiences something of the paranormal and they begin to question whether their relative really died in the innocent ways that have been described to them - the mystery deepens. What happened to their relative in the hotel?

What will they uncover whilst sleeping under the roof where he died? A brilliantly written and enjoyable read! I would highly recommend Collins to any lover of Agatha Christie! View all 3 comments. 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 spirit. Agnes was pretty bland, considering how much hinged on her, but it was balanced by the enigmatic Henry through his devotion to her.

The characters were all introduced in different contexts which reall Ehhhhhhhhh not sure about this one! The characters were all introduced in different contexts which really enhanced that idea that nothing was as it seemed. I liked that I questioned everyone's motives, and each different tale. It was cleverly written, that's for sure. I guess what I didn't like was that it all felt like a bit of an anti-climax to me.

It's called 'The Haunted Hotel' but the hotel doesn't even exist until well over halfway through the story. The opening chapter was superb, but the rest was really dragged out. There just wasn't any horror, and aside from view spoiler [the missing courier hide spoiler ] there wasn't a great deal of mystery, either.

That ending though, wow! If you're looking for horror or major chills, though, I'd probably look elsewhere. View 2 comments. 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 annoying though. The Haunted House is also a murder mystery. You are left questioning what you've read in the end. Shelves: classic-horror , gothic-fiction , yearly-reading-challenge , novella , set-in-uk , lethal-women , ghost , classic-horror-lovers-group-read , owned-copy , thriller-suspense. I liked this story. It was multifaceted in that it was not just a haunted house story, but also a murder mystery.

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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 modern in some ways. The print for my copy is rather small, and that's the only reason I didn't read it faster.

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Yesterday, I kept saying, I'll read to this point, and to that point, before I knew it, it was I liked this story. Yesterday, I kept saying, I'll read to this point, and to that point, before I knew it, it was quite late and I had to put the book down to go to bed. I didn't find the prose melodramatic. Instead, I found that Collins is matter of fact in describing horrors.

It's merely in the reading of such things that the horror is evoked. I was quite surprised at the horrible things that had occurred, and it wasn't due to that Campy Gothic or Victorian Penny Dreadful tendency to use outlandish language to evoke a dark, sinister tone. I liked his subtle but hilarious humor, particularly in the part in which Francis Westwick goes to the room in question. I was laughing out loud on that part.

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The Haunted Hotel starts out in an curious manner, with a false narrator. Which is quite brilliant.

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This beginning narrator never makes another appearance, and I was left to wonder how this plot thread would end up in the titular place. Further reading shows Collins' tendency to continuously introduce new point of views, leaving it up to the reader to see how it ties together. As I consider this novella, I wonder if this was not his way of revealing the intriguing character of the Countess through different eyes. So one cannot easily make up their mind about her. While what she does is completely heinous and terrible, I felt that her allegiance to her awful brother was no small factor in her moral failing.

In the end, she seemed to merely live down to everyone's expectations of her, instead of reaching higher. Instead of staying true to what I felt was an inner cord of strength, she followed that fatal path to destruction. So I admit that in the end, I still pitied her despite her actions. I was in no small way surprised that she actually was guilty. I thought perhaps she was just a victim of a bad reputation. My feelings towards the Countess make me admire this story more for the clever way in which it was written. I found the characters interesting, all of which evoking sympathy to some extent except the Baron, who I found totally repugnant.

Collins has a way of writing characters that is quite appealing to me. Even the lesser important characters come to life and earn their screen time when they come into the scenes. I enjoyed the roundabout way of presenting a story that was actually quite chilling in parts. I appreciated how intricately the mystery builds to a satisfying climax for this reader. In the end, I was impressed with this novella by Mr. I will read more of his work because I think he has a way of writing mystery and suspense that is timeless, drawing me into his writing and not easily letting me go.

His characters have impact and come to life for this reader, not sacrificed to a greater goal of evoking horror or terror, as can sometimes happen in this genre. View all 8 comments. Classic Wilkie Collins; thoroughly readable and enjoyable. This novella skips a lot of the description and detail that is found in his longer and more famous works.

Therefore, the story does seem to be rushed and summarized. Jul 09, Cheryl rated it liked it. This felt more like an outline of a novel, as the characters were not well-developed nor very interesting. The two main female characters Agnes and The Countess were pretty annoying at times. There was a big "info dump" at the end that seemed like lazy writing on the author's part.

Not as well-written as some of the author's earlier books, and not as much fun to read. Don't start with this book, if you are new to Wilkie Collins. He does write some good novels - this book just isn't one of them. Maybe it has something to do with him being a lesser known 19th Century British writer, lesser known in the sense that I had never heard of him until they decided to read him. Okay, he has been credited with writing the first detective novel, the aforementioned Moonstone, but this book also seems to come across as a mystery as well. This sort of raises some questions, but then the insurance company gets involved, as they are prone to do whenever they are forced to pay out any money, and come to the conclusion that the death was legitimate and settled the policy though I suspect that like most insurance companies, particularly life insurance companies, they will go to great lengths to not actually pay anything out.

So, the book then jumps to Venice, because as it turns out after they had finished their honeymoon they decided to stay in Venice and buy and old, run down palace as a house in Venice is known as. Though we are told a few things, if only because the confession is written as a play. Actually, when the play was being explained, it sort of reminded me a lot of Hamlet, where Hamlet writes a play, or at least gets the players to perform a play, that is so similar to what he believes happened to his father, that the king has a fit and storms out of the room.

Yet it makes me wonder whether such a confession would actually be accepted, you know, where the guilty person writes a story that appears to be entirely fictional, but in reality they are basically telling a story based on what they actually done. I guess it has something to do with some people really, really wanting to actually confess to their crimes.

Yet others get so torn with guilt that the only way that they can overcome that dreaded feeling is to actually say something. Yet it also makes me wonder about this idea of one constantly seeking affirmation for behaving, well, like a jerk.

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  4. Maybe she wanted to confess because she wanted affirmation from somebody to tell her that what she had done was right. Well it wasn't to bad but it wasn't good. Aug 08, James McCormick rated it it was ok. The start is gripping enough and compelling enough to keep you reading. In fact, Countess Narona pale skinned and dark haired who we meet from the start is probably the most interesting character in the story. There are too many threads that just seem to fade away.

    May 07, Duane rated it liked it Shelves: book-challenge , plays-theater , horror , mystery-crime , rated-books , reviewed-books , english-calssics. This review contains a major spoiler. Published almost 20 years after The Woman in White , they were similar in certain aspects, especially switching identities of deceased people.

    Although entertaining, it is nowhere close to being as good as his earlier classic. But I like the writing style of Collins and I have many more of his books to look forward to. Oct 21, Lisa rated it liked it. I wanted to like this so much more than I did. On the plus side I liked most of the characters outlines and the story was good but we were lacking a bit of atmosphere and I didn't feel Venice at all.

    And there could have been more character development - I only really felt the Countess and Henry. It's worth a read but it is low on horror and is told slowly! Overall, it was a bit underwhelming. I feel as if there was a rush to write this story and, because of that, a few things are a bit confusing or underdeveloped. Shelves: classics , , horror. Despite Abby's forgiving nature, the Countess is convinced that Abby has doomed her to a tragic ending. When Montbarry dies and his courier disappears, Montbarry's family slowly unravels the mystery that is left behind.

    Collins has a tendency to constantly switch narrators, a technique that is also present here. It can be disconcerting until you meet all the characters and get a feel for each of them. He uses each narrator well, however, as each one is able to fill in parts of the story that the others are not able to. The resolution of The Haunted Hotel is particularly horrific, which is odd, given how simplistic it is compared to the many serial killer and horror novels I've read.