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Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier Nobody does Gothic like [a:Daphne du Maurier|2001717|Daphne du Maurier|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1357663068p2/2001717.jpg]. A decrepit inn without guests, wild moors, sinister fogs, smugglers, shipwrecks, a dashing horse thief, an albino vicar, and a murder mystery - all of the ingredients are there when orphaned Mary Yellan arrives at Jamaica Inn to live with her aunt who is married to a threatening man with secrets to hide.


The plot may seem over-the-top, but du Maurier excels in this genre, carefully laying the groundwork for a creepy, foreboding atmosphere. Instead of giving us a stereotypical plucky, tough-as-the-guys heroine who would be hard to believe in this early 19th century setting, du Maurier creates a more nuanced character, one who “knew the humility of being born a woman, when the breaking down of strength and spirit was taken as natural and unquestioned,” and yet faces her challenges with an understated, steely resolve. Du Maurier was sensitive to the restrictions women faced when she wrote this novel in 1936, and she subtly weaves those concerns into this book.

While not quite at the level of [b:Rebecca|12873|Rebecca|Daphne du Maurier|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327871977s/12873.jpg|46663] and [b:My Cousin Rachel|50239|My Cousin Rachel|Daphne du Maurier|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1170367871s/50239.jpg|623258], [b:Jamaica Inn|50244|Jamaica Inn|Daphne du Maurier|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328953668s/50244.jpg|430524] is an enjoyable novel that will be appreciated by fans of du Maurier and Gothic fiction.

Alfred Hitchcock's 1939 film was based on du Maurier's book.