Marian and her sister Laura live a quiet life under their uncle’s guardianship until Laura’s marriage to Sir Percival Glyde, who is a man of many secrets. Could he be connected to the strange appearances of a young woman dressed all in white? And what does his charismatic friend, Count Fosco—whose white pet mice enjoy running in and out of his waistcoat—have to do with it all? Marian and the girls’ drawing master, Walter, must turn detective in order to uncover the truth and to protect Laura from a fatal plot.
"The most popular novel of the 19th century, and still one of the best plots in English literature. Notable for its marvellous villains and, like all Collins's work, for its complex, spirited and believable female characters." —Sarah Waters
"The various women of the book—in white and otherwise—are wonderfully real." —Elizabeth Kostova
"To Mr Collins belongs the credit of having introduced into ficiton those most mysterious of mysteries, the mysteries which are at our own doors." —Henry James
"A hypochondriac uncle, two girls who look identical, a count with a penchant for mesmerism and vanilla bonbons, a lunatic asylum, an evil husband . . . What more could you want?" —Maggie O’Farrell