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I have just finished this book. It is the fourth book by this author that I have read and probably my favourite. It was recommended by a friend who stated that although not so well known as others by Wilkie Collins it was one of his best.

It is an unusual murder mystery story although I would have to say that the real appeal of the book lies within the characters themselves. The positions of the hero and villain tend to move about a bit and compassion has to be felt for all those involved. The character of Misseremus Dexter in some ways reminds me of Miss Haversham from Great Expectations. He really is an extremely odd as well as a sad character and although he would probably be considered the villain this does not really tell the whole story.

Having now read four novels by Wilkie Collins I think that I am really coming to appreciate the great ability he had for producing such wonderful personalities. Some of his characters I have really loved, some I have pitied, some I have thoroughly disliked and one or two I would have liked to have given a good shake!

All in all I would have to say that this has been a book well worth reading. Once having started I found it very difficult to put down.

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