The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was our book club book for February.
It's one of the first mystery novels. But it wasn't even written as a novel. It was written in installments, sort of like a sitcom television series but in the written form. The Woman in White is also considered one of the first detective fiction stories.
The Observer listed The Woman in White number 23 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time" and the novel was listed at number 77 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.
So I really expected to like the book...unfortunately, I didn't like it very much. To me, the story was super slow. I don't usually mind archaic language but this wasn't old English. This was sloth English.
I barely made it through the entire novel but I did. I finished it the night before our book club gathering.
There were a few people who agreed with me and a couple people who loved the story. So, I guess that just goes to show that you can't please everyone.
This would not be a recommended read by me unless you were reading it for a homework assignment.