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Daphne du Maurier: Jamaica Inn

Author: Daphne du MaurierImage result for jamaica inn virago

Title: Jamaica Inn

Press: Virago


Date of publication: 1936

Date of purchase: November 2018

RRP: £8.99

Price of purchase: Free thanks to my wonderful friend Jules (check out her blog it’s much cooler than mine

Reading time: 3 days

Rating:   9.5

I could not stop reading this book. It set me on edge and honestly I should not have been reading it in the dark because I’m a level seven woose. In contrast Mary Yellan is one of the best heroine’s I’ve ever read. She’s bold, loyal and intelligent, the only thing holding her back from being queen of everything is her context. Something about du Maurier’s style jangles my nerves and turns my stomach, every time a character comes on or off screen gave me chills.

One example of her haunting language goes like this: ‘He was an outcast in a hell of his own creation’ (!!!) that’s not even the best one but I was generally so engrossed that I failed completely to note down other incredible phrases. The moors are wrapped in mystery and perhaps even moreso than in space at Jamaica Inn no-one can hear you scream.

And remember, not all horse thieves are devils and not all priests saints.

p.s. why has no-one made a televised version of this set in modern times where uncle Joss is a drug dealer? Someone with a TV background please answer my prayers.

Do yourself a favour and read Jamaica Inn, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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