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L'Hotel encantat (1878)

de Wilkie Collins

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Horror lies waiting. A sinister Countess is driven mad by a dark secret. An innocent woman is made the instrument of retribution. A murdered man's fury reaches beyond the grave. When Countess Narona marries Agnes Lockwood's fiancé and takes him to live in a rundown Venetian palace, strange things start happening, a servant mysteriously vanishes and the husband dies a recluse. But the dead won't rest. When the palace is transformed into a hotel the two women are drawn to its chambers, where a force stronger than death is waiting to wreak its vengeance. . .… (més)
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    My Cousin Rachel de Daphne Du Maurier (jillmwo, sianpr)
    jillmwo: Du Maurier takes the gothic elements of The Haunted Hotel and tweaks the story in an intriguing twist to the perspective of the young man most affected by the mysterious female.
    sianpr: A much better gothic tale involving a femme fatale, Italy et al
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    La dona de blanc de Wilkie Collins (sianpr)
    sianpr: Wilkie Collins at his best
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    The Haunted Dolls' House de M. R. James (KayCliff)
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    The Man in the Picture de Susan Hill (jillmwo, Jannes)
    jillmwo: Both have a certain gothic element to them, both have settings involving the city of Venice.
    Jannes: Ghosts in Venice? look no further.
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A mysterious woman consults a doctor to see whether she is going mad or not. She tells a tale of her fiancee ditching his previous beau to marry her. however, she has left a reputation across Europe - justified or not - that has raised more than a few objections but results in the fiancé blackmailing her into the marriage.

Four months later, the husband with £10,000 in life insurance, dies whilst on honeymoon in Venice and the .

A year later, the Venetian palace where he died has been converted into a hotel, into which the man's brother has a financial stake. A wedding in the family takes place, and the Grand Tour, combined with theatrical business required in Europe results in the various members of the family staying at the new hotel. Who ever from the family stays in the room where the death occurred is distressed, and refuses to stay another night in the room. In the mean time the widow (who is becoming more disturbed) arrives back in Venice and starts writing a novel.

Investigations take place in the hotel which answers some questions but raises more. However the younger brother is pressed with reading the widow's "play" and soon we hear an alternative answer to the death, which is only more disturbing.

There are some truly creepy points in this book - the disembodied head floating above the bed for instance. The "cast of thousands" and who was related to whom was a little confusing at first but settled down to the main characters. Certainly gives some of the more modern horror writers a run for their money! ( )
  nordie | Jan 30, 2021 |
A Gothic story, but not with an identifiable psychological foundation. I confused some of the female characters. Got kind of disgusting near the end. I enjoyed both Woman in White and The Moonstone more. I like Collins while I'm reading, but then get to the end and am not sure I liked it. ( )
  lisahistory | Oct 28, 2020 |
This was a fun read!
Written around the late 1870's, it's a mysterious tale with a hint of the supernatural.
The story is woven around around both the old and the young between the cities of London and Venice. Mr. Collins keeps the pace moving by revealing small pieces of the mystery at a time and then reeling the reader in with them.
I thought that this tale would lean more towards the supernatural side, but the mystery was well conceived and told and I enjoyed myself anyway.
Recommended! ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
With all the trademark Wilkie that I remember - in particular the enigmatic women, who are either seemingly mad or the epitome of feminine virtues -, the story was a fast-paced heartracer and reminded me strongly of Poe. It had a simple premise and classically execution, with liberal dash of the supernatural mixed in with commonsense twists. Overall, a very satisfying read. ( )
  kitzyl | Sep 16, 2019 |
This was an okay sort of mystery horror story. The supernatural element is very low key, it’s in no way in your face, but it is used well to keep the flow of the narrative going. The characters themselves are not deeply developed and it almost feels as if the book as an outline for a longer, fuller work. Not the most chilling ghost story, but entertaining all the same. ( )
  Arkrayder | Dec 6, 2017 |
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Horror lies waiting. A sinister Countess is driven mad by a dark secret. An innocent woman is made the instrument of retribution. A murdered man's fury reaches beyond the grave. When Countess Narona marries Agnes Lockwood's fiancé and takes him to live in a rundown Venetian palace, strange things start happening, a servant mysteriously vanishes and the husband dies a recluse. But the dead won't rest. When the palace is transformed into a hotel the two women are drawn to its chambers, where a force stronger than death is waiting to wreak its vengeance. . .

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