When I first read Wuthering Heights (at about age 12), I loved it but upon revisiting it at University I found it a deeply disturbing tale of cruel love, heartbreak and the disastrous consequences that can result from obsession.
Having read Best's other re-imagining of another literary classic, 'Oliver Twist Investigates' I thought I'd give this a go. Best approaches this tale in the same manner, blending historical fiction with new and throwing in facts from the lives of the Brontes to add to the story. Such facts are further blended with fiction to create an interesting novel, full of mystery and with thrilling elements.
The Brontes were a family beset by tragedy and it is this which sparks Best's story and his many theories. Wuthering Heights Revisited is based on a fundamental question - what if the characters in Emily Bronte's tragic masterpiece had been based on real people? It then broadens out into an exploration of further questions, resulting from the initial. What if these very people had had a connection to the family. What sort of shadow would have been cast over the Brontes as a result? Why did the family suffer so many premature deaths?
Best has explored the many mysteries surrounding the Brontes and skillfully woven fact and fiction (both his own and that of the Brontes themselves) to create an interesting and entertaining re-imaginging of history and literature. I have visited the Bronte Parsonage and can imagine myself there as I read Best's descriptions of it and of his protagonists experiences there.
This is a story that will leave you wondering about it for quite a while - much in the way that Wuthering Heights itself haunts the reader after they finish its final page.