The Book Collector by Alice Thompson

Spooky dark houses with secrets and perfect people who don’t necessarily seem quite right are my favorite stories. Add a touch of mayhem and madness, I am totally in. A story I read in college The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a story that started out with something mundane and and it became madding. Granted the protagonist in The Yellow Wallpaper was suffering from postpartum depression. The Book Collector reminded me of The Yellow Wallpaper, something mundane being used as a touchstone to madness.

Summary: Edwardian England a seemingly perfect marriage descends into madness when the wife becomes fixated on a particular book.

What I liked: I have no idea how Thompson did it but the atmosphere in this book is amazing! Sunny with the hint of creepy underneath it. I read this book in one sitting and was absolutely creeped out the entire time. The main characters descent into madness was amazingly written. I loved this book. The ending was brilliant and I found I was cheering the main character.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked a firmer ending to the horrors that her husband was committing. I was a little deflated when it was all just spelled out in a couple of pages. But this did not take away from my enjoyment of the story.

Star Rating: 5

My Thoughts: Thompson’s writing was beautiful and truly conveys the horror of the household. The loss of the characters self and the madness in which she finds herself was everything that I remembered from Gilman’s work as well. I am going to be purchasing more of Thompson’s books.

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