Lady Audley's Secret

Finally, I finished this one!  It reeeeallly seemed to drag a bit, but I think a lot of the fault lay in the poor quality of this text.  I felt like grabbing my red magic marker and editing the hell out of it.   It would have been awash in red by the time I was done. If you buy this book, do NOT get the Barnes and Noble edition below.

audley.jpgLady Audley’s Secret
By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Rated 7/10
Pages: 440
Published by Barnes and Noble
Finished January 7, 2007
Reason for Reading: It’s for my Classics Challenge on my blog

Review:  Lady Audley’s got a secret and death to anyone who finds out!  Murder, mystery, intrigue, bigamy, this Victorian bestseller has got it all!

I really enjoyed the story for the most part. It dragged in a few places, a certain character (Mr. Robert Audley!) got on my nerves quite a bit, and there were times when I wondered if the author was letting the story get away from her, but she pulled it off in the end. It has a very satisfactory ending.

I was REALLY annoyed by the poor quality of this text; misspelled words, misnamed characters, etc, and I really think it affected my enjoyment of the book.  I was really surprised to see this out of a Barnes and Noble published book.

10 thoughts on “Lady Audley's Secret

  1. Dontcha hate that "need to edit" compulsion? Well, I take that back, I don't hate the compulsion, I hate books that require me to feel that way!

  2. I had reading books and finding spelling errors. Considering what books cost and how many people get paid to edit/proof read them you think they'd do a better job of catching stuff.

    I miss the black, why did you change?

  3. I have exactly this edition. Ugh. I can see I am going to have to find a different version as I hate it when the text is so sloppy! Good job for finishing your first book! And your blog layout looks great!

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