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The world's most famous gothic horror story, Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein who combines his knowledge of natural science and medieval alchemy to give life to an inanimate object. But the resultant creature is far from what he had imagined. Rejected by Frankenstein and unloved, the forsaken creature ultimately metamorphosises into a monster intent on destroying his maker and all that he holds dear.
Lady Audley has a secret - necessity turns Robert Audley, her aristocrat step-nephew, into a detective bent on uncovering it. Lady Audley's Secret is a compelling example of the Victorian sensation novel, the genre that focused on shocking subject matter jarringly presented in familiar or domestic settings. Originally published in 1862 it has remained in print ever since and retains its power to challenge and entertain.
The story opens with Valeria Brinton marrying Eustace Woodville over the objections of Woodville's family. Soon after the wedding Valeria becomes uneasy and starts to suspect her husband is hiding something from his past. Her suspicions are confirmed when she finds he has been using a false name. Collins used his experience studying law to help create one of the earliest female sleuths.
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