Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Ten heroines who kept their motives hidden

Jane Corry is a writer and journalist and has spent time as the writer in residence of a high-security prison for men–an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her suspense debut.

Corry's latest novel is The Dead Ex.

At CrimeReads she tagged ten classics where the heroines are mistresses of the “secret motive game,” including:
Bertha: Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

I’m not always a lover of sequels that aren’t written by the original author. but this is an exception in my book. In Jane Eyre, it’s Rochester who has the secret motive in hiding his mad wife. However, I’d always wanted to know more about poor old Bertha who has such a horrible end. Rhys not only fills in the gaps – she also takes us down the road of self-deception. “You can pretend for a long time, but one day it all falls away and you are alone.” Brilliant.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Wide Sargasso Sea is among Siân Phillips's six favorite books, Richard Gwyn's top ten books in which things end badly, and Elise Valmorbida's top ten books on the migrant experience.

--Marshal Zeringue