Lady Audley's Secret

Lady Audley s Secret In this outlandish outrageous triumph of Scandal fiction a new Lady Audley arrives at the manor young beautiful and very mysterious Why does she behave so strangely What exactly is the dark secre

  • Title: Lady Audley's Secret
  • Author: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • ISBN: 9780141198842
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this outlandish, outrageous triumph of Scandal fiction, a new Lady Audley arrives at the manor young, beautiful and very mysterious Why does she behave so strangely What, exactly, is the dark secret this seductive outsider carries with her A huge success in the nineteenth century, the book revels in an anti heroine with her good looks and hidden past who embodiIn this outlandish, outrageous triumph of Scandal fiction, a new Lady Audley arrives at the manor young, beautiful and very mysterious Why does she behave so strangely What, exactly, is the dark secret this seductive outsider carries with her A huge success in the nineteenth century, the book revels in an anti heroine with her good looks and hidden past who embodied perfectly the concerns of the Victorian age with morality and madness.

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    • mark monday says:

      whatever could be Lady Audley's secret? could it be murder? miscegenation? malfeasance? misdirected malevolence ending in tears, tragedy, and general tawdriness? an assumed identity? flatulence? that not-so-fresh feeling? bigamy? bigotry? child abuse? child abandonment? une affaire de coeur? une affaire de blanchiment d'argent? well, all or some of those things may or may not be a part of this novel - but they are not the secret in question. Lady Audley's terrible, terrible secret is (view spoil [...]

    • Bookdragon Sean says:

      After around fifty pages or so of reading this I was incredibly disappointed. I’d found out what Lady Audley’s secret was. I didn’t really want to read any further. But, that’s what I was meant to think. Her actual secret isn’t revealed to the very end. And, I must say, I was rather surprised. I didn't see it coming. It was quite a shocking discovery. I’d spent the rest of the novel is a state of absolute certainty regarding the secret. I thought it was quite a crap secret to be hone [...]

    • Sean says:

      This is a sadly forgotten but great 19th century sensation novel that rivals some of Wilkie Collins' best books such as The Woman in White and the Moonstone. Its also one of the first to feature a female villain which wasn't typical of early literature. Nevertheless, this dynamic creates an interesting character study which discusses female motives and what they are capable of despite their beauty and grace. This is a great book and it definitely needs to move closer to the top on your to-read l [...]

    • Alex says:

      Top Ten Secrets of Lady Audley10. is a dude9. is husband's mom8. killed somebody7. used to be hooker6. is screwing the gardener5. escaped from mental hospital4. baby is not husband's baby3. is slowly poisoning husband2. is dead; husband just having creepy imaginary conversations with ghost 1. Sortof likes ColdplayThe mid 1800s saw the rise of the sensation novel, which brought the spooky atmosphere of the Gothic into normal peoples' homes. Now the spouse (or other family member) was the danger. [...]

    • Piyangie says:

      Lady Audley's secret is yet another Victorian 'sensational' novel I read for the year. My first such experience was The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I have read that Collins and Ms. Braddon are known as the best authors of the genre and that Lady Audley's secret is regarded as a rival to The Woman in White. This knowledge made me want to read the book, and when a group to which I belong was intended upon reading this I couldn't resist the urge to join in. I'm very much glad that I did. Told [...]

    • Sara says:

      Loved this. fun. 4.5-stars, rounded up. As I read Lady Audley's Secret, I kept thinking of Poe, Conan Doyle and Anne Bronte. A nice combination, if I must say so myself. Braddon has created an interesting story line and a creepy environment in which to plunk down her motley set of characters. I loved the conflicting ideas that are present within Lady Audley herself and especially enjoyed the myriad ways she is viewed by the other characters in the story. Her secret did surprise me, and I confess [...]

    • Carol Clouds ꧁꧂ says:

      This was recommended to me as a cross between Austen & Heyer but other than the abundance of grey eyes (Heyer) this book didn't remind me of either author - more like Conan Doyle or Poe.Fortunately I love Conan Doyle & Poe.Fast paced at the start, the book slowed down about three quarters of the way through with a lot of exposition and a lot of melodramatic angst. & for modern tastes, (view spoiler)[ The Hero telling The Villainess his plan of action (& not just once!) was inexpl [...]

    • Duane says:

      An entertaining Victorian Era novel that is similar to The Woman in White. They both were part of the short lived "Sensation" genre of novels from mid 19th century England, although Lady Audley's Secret doesn't quite measure up to The Woman in White. The beautiful but devious Lady Audley was far and away the most interesting character in the novel. Her nemesis, Robert Audley, nephew to her husband, was so condescending and snobish, that I found myself pulling for the narcissistic, murderous, big [...]

    • Kelly ... says:

      Read for Victober 2017.Before this month I had never heard of Ms Braddon or her book. Before this year I had never heard the term "sensation novel". What a treat it was to discover! This book didn't really surprise me with the plot twists but it didn't matter because the writing style was very entertaining. The characters were well-developed and intriguing and it was a book that I enjoyed from the first page until the last.

    • Misfit says:

      Since this is one of those books that to tell too much of the story would ruin it, I'm only giving you the bare bones. Baronet Sir Michael Audley takes himself a young, beautiful (but penniless) wife, but his eighteen year old daughter Alicia is not quite so enthralled with Lucy's charms. Sir Michael's nephew Robert Audley greets his old friend George Talboys on his return from the gold-fields of Australia, but George is anxious to reunite with the wife and child he left behind when he was unabl [...]

    • Katie Lumsden says:

      A slight mix for me. Definitely an interesting novel, gripping, engaging with some wonderful characters and interesting insights into Victorian society - a 5-star until the last quarter, but I'm not sure how I felt about the ending. Nonetheless, definitely one that I need to think about more and that I'd love to study!

    • Bree Hill says:

      Wow. This is one of those gems that normally I wouldn’t have picked up but am so glad that I did. I think it gets slack because it is a mystery/suspense story that early on you kind of figure out who did whatbut if you are a lover, appreciator and admirer of good story telling, continue on even though you think you’ve figured it out. Let the author peal back the layers to the what and how for you. I don’t want to even mention the plot because honestly, I knew this book dealt with a secret [...]

    • Carolien says:

      Like reading a Georgette Heyer Regency mystery as written by Jane Austen from a male perspective.

    • Stephanie says:

      I think this would be a good book either for a teenager looking for "difficult" books or for someone who generally doesn't like literature.About fifty pages in, I realized this book had absolutely nothing to say about people, or morality, or society. However, reading to the end wasn't a chore, and the last fifty pages or so actually moved at a rapid pace. Good writing on the part of Braddon? Maybe I had just clued in to the fact that half of every page was description that neither served the plo [...]

    • The Book Whisperer (aka Boof) says:

      This book was really good fun. A 19th century who-dunnit complete with beautiful but cunning villainess, rambling old houses and an upper-class layabout-turned-detective. Fabulous!This was one of the first "sensation" novels ever written, and while it doesn't have the sophisticated and multi-layered plots of today that keep us guessing until the very end and on the edge of our seets, it is nonetheless a great page turner and so much fun. This book was originally serialised in a paper back in 186 [...]

    • Eve says:

      Things are not always as they appear, if there's a lesson to be learned from this bookere it is in a nut shell. There was a major curve ball thrown at the end and I was pleasantly surprised. I guess this is what was considered "chick-lit" in the 1800s. Bigamy, murder, lunacy, etc. Good deal!

    • BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

      “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”-Sir Walter Scott“She’s crafty, and she’s just my type.”-Beastie Boys

    • Alysia says:

      More like a solid 3.5* Some long winded parts on the treachery of women irked me. Otherwise very enjoyable.

    • Elizabeth (Alaska) says:

      The underlying situation of this book is an older man who loves a young woman who has loved before, and may still love her first love. I quickly made a comparison to Trollope's An Old Man's Love which I note was written 20 years after the publication of Lady Audley's Secret. Braddon takes her old man/young woman in an entirely different direction - so different that, after the opening pages, I completely disregarded the comparison.Some GR readers have this shelved as gothic. To me, it falls some [...]

    • bup says:

      Loved it. Not in that "wow, what a great piece of literature this hundred and fifty year old book is," but more like it's trashy and awesome and doesn't have a chapter 39. It skips right from 38 to 40. Probably because it's more lurid that way.Also she calls the character Robert "George" at one point. Which I checked at all sources I could - apparently that's really not the narrator's issue - it's sic.Lady Audley, girlfriend? Her secret's so big a Lady Sasquatch could use it for all-day protecti [...]

    • Elena T. says:

      Proprio recentemente la casa editrice Fazi ha rispolverato questo grande classico vittoriano assopito nel tempo, “Il segreto di Lady Audley” dell’ inglese Mary Elizabeth Braddon – sul filone delle sensational novels dalle trame sofisticate e multistratificate, spesso serializzate in volumi in uscita a cadenza settimanale o mensile proprio per far leva sulla curiosità del lettore, una notevole strategia di marketing from the victorian age.Un gioco di inquietudini in crescendo, dove a tir [...]

    • SmartBitches says:

      Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksI’m going to pay Lady Audley’s Secret the highest compliment I can pay a sensation novel: I kept finding great passages to bookmark but I didn’t bookmark them because I didn’t want to stop reading long enough to do so.That made for a great reading experience but it will make for a superficial review considering all the meaty stuff in this book that we could happily analyze for days if I had just slowed down long enough to use some post-it notes i [...]

    • Kathrin says:

      I don't think that I would have picked up the book if it hadn't been a group read on - but this is mainly based on my ignorance when it came to the author. I believe it was a really good choice and was fascinated with the story a long time. Obviously, there is a 'but'. Just let me point out a few positive aspects earlier:What did I like about the book?- the pacing (especially in the first part) was great Ever since reading 'The Woman in White' I was determined to come back and read another sens [...]

    • Roman Clodia says:

      A Victorian best-seller, Lady Audley's Secret is brilliantly plotted with reveals right up to the penultimate chapter. Braddon makes use of many of the tropes of the 'sensation' novel but gives them some additional twists of her own, especially with regard to gender stereotypes. It's no surprise that Dickens, Thackeray and the young Henry James were all fans - an intriguing read with clear precedents that lead forward to today's 'psychological' thrillers.

    • Mo says:

      This was a very interesting story, but I am torn as to whether or not it was a good book. It most certainly was a very long-winded one.I quickly grew tired of Robert’s continual angst! The soul searching, the breast beating, the second guessing… it went on and on. And George’s continual lamentations of his lost love were completely overdone. Talk about beating a dead horse!I jokingly wondered if the author was being paid by the word, and it turns out that she was! This book was originally [...]

    • Trisha says:

      In this strangely swirling tale, Lucy, a governess, marries Sir Michael Audley, a much wealthier man. It is their story. Simultaneously, Robert Audley reunites with an old friend, George, recently returned from Australia and looking for a happy homecoming with his wife. It is their story. And it is the marriage of these two stories that really sets off the mystery.This is one of those books that is difficult to talk about for fear of revealing anything that will be more exciting if revealed by t [...]

    • MichelleCH says:

      I've read my fill of mystery/suspense stories and I must say that this was one of the better ones, in my opinion. Although it was published in the mid 1800's, the story line still felt fresh. Lots of build- up and even midway through I was not knowing where we would go next. I don't want to say too much, as to what happens, as "the secret" is the primary focus of the novel.What I can say is that I was kept guessing throughout. There was one point in the book where I thought something was going t [...]

    • Jeanette says:

      Although I knew what my Lady's secret was from the 30% mark, it was still an entertaining read. Not only does it reflect the mode and style of "scandal" novels of its period, but it also displays excellent word craft. She wrote in the 1860's speech patterns and mannerly long phrasings- quite sublimely. The plot is apparent to a modern reader and yet the depths of the character and personality detailing make it well worth the read. George and Robert seem superbly of one piece with their period, I [...]

    • Kirsty says:

      As far as classic novels go, Lady Audley’s Secret is a facile and rather stunning read. I was surprised at the ease into which I slipped into the story; Braddon’s writing is beautiful, and casts a spell of sorts around the reader from the very beginning.Lady Audley’s Secret is set during the 1850s, and centres around the novel’s named protagonist, who has rather a shadowy past: ‘The truth was that Lady Audley had, in becoming the wife of Sir Michael, made one of those apparently advant [...]

    • RavenclawReadingRoom says:

      I first read this book back in my undergraduate days. I went through a big Wilkie Collins phase after studying The Woman in White for first year English, and so I took to loitering around the 823.8 section of the university library to see what else I could dig up of a similar ilk. Obviously, Braddon and Collins weren't far apart on the shelves. Plus, one of the Wilkie Collins books I read included an "if you like this, try _____" section at the back. This was one of the books listed.I remember a [...]

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