2016/06/21

BOOK REVIEW:
JAMAICA INN BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER

Title: Jamaica Inn
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Published: 1935
Language: English
Pages: 302
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
On her mothers dying request, our protagonist travels to live with her aunt, and finds her a changed woman, mostly due to her alcoholic and overbearing husband. She decides to stay and try and help her aunt, but in the process, finds herself drawn into her uncle's dark business.


Review:
I've heard such wonderful things about du Maurier and her books, so I was very excited to read this one as my first, and though it has a lot of elements I enjoyed, I was not overwhelmed.

What I enjoyed the most was the dark atmosphere and the characters. The mystery of the book was surprising and something I enjoyed unraveling as I was reading. There's a bit of romance in it that I didn't mind either, and the relationships between the characters in general were fascinating to read about.

However, I found the writing a bit dense in some ways, a bit slow, especially in the beginning. I felt like I struggled through the chapters and found myself putting it down and not rushing back to pick it back up. I usually enjoy dark and gloomy settings, but I felt as if there was perhaps too much of it in this. It felt like too much darkness, to much mystery without a break.

Don't get me wrong, I did like this book, I just didn't love it. I think I might have read it at the wrong time as I think wasn't quite in the mood for this kind of story. I think if you enjoy gothic classic fiction (which I usually love), you should give this a try, because there are quite a lot of good elements to it that I think most people would enjoy.

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