The Guilty River

When I received The Guilty River in the mail from Amazon, I have to say I was a little disappointed with the size, expecting all of Wilkie Collins’ novels to be the size of a novel and not a pamphlet. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in dramatic and suspenseful content that is full of surprises, and a few unexpected twists near the end.

It’s a slow roll at first, and I admit that I put it down momentarily to read another book, but when it starts to pick up speed, I can safely say without giving the plot twists away that there is a murder attempt, a boat without any passengers and a missing person…it’s narrated by the main male character, Gerard Roylake, but there are a few fiery and feisty women in this book…and one of them rescues the man and that’s not the ending, so how’s that for something different? The relationships are looser than other Wilkie Collins’ novels where uptight Victorian ways and manners are often part of the storyline.

A quote I like from this book:

…false appearances…As we all know, they lie like truth.

I encourage you to ride it out for the surprises at the end by saying again that it will be worth it. This is English literature and it is in the public domain, so it’s free to read online at or listen to at, and these sites also have phone apps available. It’s a short one, so, go to your quiet place and start reading or listening.


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