Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
Source: Book Club (Library book)
Publisher: Virago Press (UK)
Genres: Classics, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Publication Date: 1st May 2012
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“The coachman tried to warn her away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast. But young Mary Yellan chose instead to honor her mother’s dying request that she join her frightened Aunt Patience and huge, hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn. From her first glimpse on that raw November eve, she could sense the inn’s dark power. But never did Mary dream that she would become hopelessly ensnared in the vile, villainous schemes being hatched within its crumbling walls — or that a handsome, mysterious stranger would so incite her passions … tempting her to love a man whom she dares not trust”
My Thoughts & Review
This was our April read for book club, and I have to admit this may have been the worst book I’ve read since joining the group. I attempted to read this book physically several times but just couldn’t get past the first 20 odd pages. I nearly DNF-ed it. I came so close but I really wanted to take part in the discussion so I decided to try the audiobook version. I managed to get to the end of the book but sadly, I still wasn’t really into it. In fact, I listened to it at x2 speed so I could get through it quicker and then forget about it until our book club discussion.
So, this book had to potential to be a great and exciting adventure and a book that I should have enjoyed but something was missing from this story, and the frustrating thing is I just don’t know what that something missing is.
The characters were interesting but I wasn’t able to really connect with them or the story. I found the book to be very slow and this made me feel very bored. I felt I had to concentrate too much on what I was reading.
I also found it to be quite repetitive when it came to descriptions of things.
Sadly, this book wasn’t for me and it’s not a book I would attempt to re-read again, recommend or add to my Classics collection. But, you never know you may enjoy this one better than me.
Some thoughts from other book club members:
(Spoiler free thoughts)
“It was really interesting, I enjoyed it, but there were parts that I needed to re-read as I wasn’t quite sure if I had read it right.”
“I liked reading about where it was set. it was interesting to read about Cornwell all those years ago.”
“I liked this book, but the beginning was a bit slow but once you got going it was a exciting read”
“I didn’t like this book it was too slow and I kept falling asleep trying to listen to it on the audiobook.”
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.