The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins, 1889

The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice 

I enjoyed the ever growing sense of mystery throughout the first half of The Haunted Hotel, though it moved a little slowly in places. There was plenty of foreshadowing during the first half of the novel, but the suspense almost dragged out a little too long. The growing sense of unease during the second half of the novel definitely revived my interest, however, and the ending was both satisfying and chilling, with some great unexpected twists. Overall a great read, and I will be looking for more of Wilkie Collins’ works.

Quotes from The Haunted Hotel:

Quote from The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

  • “He vainly tried to think of her as a person to be pitied – a person with a morbidly sensitive imagination, conscious of the capacities for evil which lie dormant in us all, and striving earnestly to open her heart to the counter-influence of her own better nature”
  • “The most easily deteriorated of all the moral qualities is the quality called ‘conscience’.”
  • “’How much happier we should be,’ she thought to herself sadly, ‘if we never grew up!’”
  • “But it is remarkable that persons of sensitively nervous organisation are the very persons who are capable of forcing themselves (apparently by the exercise of a spasmodic effort of will) into the performance of acts of the most audacious courage.”
  • “One person has, before now, been the means of innocently ripening the growth of evil in another.”
  • “The influence of the ‘lonely useless existence’ of which she complained, was distinctly an influence in his favour. While her heart was empty, her heart was accessible.”
  • “Nature, always abhorring monotony, institutes reserves of temper as elements in the composition of the gentlest women living.”
  • “’I am filled with presentiments which make this wicked life of mine one long terror to me.’”
  • “At intervals I cultivate the difficult virtue of common sense.”
  • “At one time, I had the hope that what seemed reality to me was only a mad delusion…”
  • “Immense capacities for good are implanted in her nature, side by side with remarkable capacities for evil. It rests with circumstances to develop either one or the other.”
Cover blurb of The Haunted Hotel

Cover description of The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

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