Adult Fiction Books Reviews

Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

May 21, 2019

Victorian Novels seem to be my thing. I absolutely loved Lady Audley's Secret!

The plot had me hooked, which I couldn't quite believe. I've really enjoyed the vast majority of the books I've read on my Vic Lit course but I couldn't say that any had reaaaaally kept me on the edge of my seat until I read Lady Audley. It's considered a sensationalist novel with its themes of deception, murder and disguise. There's so much to unpack in the book, from the characters' motivations to the society they lived in. I can see myself rereading this in the future.

Lady Audley has a lot of parallels with Lady Macbeth I feel. They both have ambition and they fight hard to get what they want. Even if their methods are the most savoury. Lady Macbeth happens to be one of my favourite literary women too.

From a lit student standpoint this novel was excellent to dissect. There's an awful lot of gender politics and comments upon the ingrained rules of society. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this.


Name: Lady Audley's Secret

Author: Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 480

ISBN: 978-0-141-19884-2

Rating: 4/5

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Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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