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Atmospheric and haunting,
This review is from: Jamaica Inn (VMC) (Paperback)
The story is of Mary Yellan. Her mother's dying wish was for her to go and live with her Aunt and Uncle at Jamaica Inn. Mary's Uncle is a large fearsome character who drinks to drown his sorrows and guilt at his crimes. Her Aunt is a woman who has become just a tiny portion of her former self after years of being down trodden. Mary is the strong character in between who is determined to put things right and in doing so also save her Aunt from her appalling existence. Mary also falls in love along the way.
The things I like about the book are the excellent way Du Maurier portrays the harsh life living on the moors, you can really feel as though you are there and it is quite haunting. I found all the charactors well established and believable. There are plenty of times in the story where you are gripped by the high suspense. I just loved the atmosphere of the book - you know you are in for a dark read and it delivers. Read it in the winter when you can hear the wind and rain battering against your windows - I did and it was excellent!
The things I was not so keen on where that I sometimes I questioned Mary's actions. An exmaple of this is towards the end of the book when she made her trip to see Francis Davey from her bedroom above the porch, how did she propose to get back in as she had locked the bedroom door from the inside and there was no way of climbing back up the porch - we know this from when Jem visited earlier? (you will see what I mean when you read it). Sometimes the story is a little slow but this is a minor point. I also was a little disappointed with the ending, I would have preferred more of a compromise from Jem (but I do not want to give too much away for those who have not read it) Yes she loved him and apparently he did her, but he seemed unwilling to change at all and it was almost a matter of if we are going to be together it is my way or no way and she just went along with it. Difficult to accept when she has been so headstrong throughout the book. But these things are just my view and all in all it is a very good read, I would recommend this book and I would also love to visit Jamaica Inn as a result.