Book Review: Daphne du Maurier, Jamaica Inn

While a dark enough movie, we are talking Hitchcock after all, the book is much, much darker. Perhaps it’s why most books are better than their movie counterparts, even when those movies are very well done: a good author can just get into a character’s head so much more, and in a different way. Right from the opening paragraphs du Maurier sets a sinister tone that refuses to let up until the very last paragraphs. And she does almost as good a job as Shirley Jackson at making a building one of the scarier characters. Although I was just as scared on the moors….

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