Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier #2016ClassicsChallenge

From Daphne du Maurier—the beloved author of the timeless classic Rebecca—comes this haunting novel of secrets and suspense

The coachman tried to warn young Mary Yellan away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast. But Mary chose instead to honor her mother's dying request that she join her frightened Aunt Patience and foreboding Uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn. From her first glimpse on that raw November eve, she could sense the inn's dark power.

Mary never imagined that she would become hopelessly ensnared in the vile, villainous schemes being hatched within its crumbling walls—or that she would fall in love with a handsome, enigmatic stranger. But what secrets is he hiding from her—and can she really trust him?

Jamaica Inn is a riveting, classic novel of romantic suspense only the brilliant mind of Daphne du Maurier could conceive.

WHEN I Discovered This Classic
I discovered and bought Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier last year while I was doing a bit of research on books by Daphne du Maurier.

WHY I Chose to Read It 
I first read Rebecca in high school and I loved the Gothic atmosphere of the book. Since then, I've read Rebecca numerous times and have also watched many of the book-to-movie adaptations. I bought this book last year in an attempt to read more books by Daphne du Marurier. This challenge gave me a great opportunity to read it.

WHAT Makes It A Classic
Jamaica Inn was first published in 1936. It's set in Cornwell during the 1820's and the inn, which in itself is a character in the novel, is a real place as is the moors that surround it. Daphne du Maurier once spent some time there and was inspired enough to write this novel. Mary Yellan, the main character, is sent to live with her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss after her mother passes away. Once there she learns of the Inn's dubious reputation. Mostly because of what people know and won't talk about: wreckers. Wreckers sound like some horrible monster that wrecks havoc on unsuspecting victims, but in this instance it's worse. It's humans at their worst. Wreckers run ships aground and then steal its cargo and murder its crew and occupants. And Joss Merlyn is their leader. Mary stays because she's afraid to leave her aunt in the clutches of such a man, but all the while she makes plans to escape. Only things are not as easy as she hopes they would be.

WHAT I Thought of This Classic
In truth, this book was a lot darker than I thought it would be. After reading Rebecca, I knew Daphne du Maurier had a great capacity for weaving a story with mystery, suspense, and intrigue, and she didn't fail here. And as deplorable as the goings on at the Jamaica Inn were, I didn't want to put the book down until I knew what would happen to Mary. In short, I'm really impressed with the scope of Daphne du Maurier's imagination.

WILL It Stay A Classic
Absolutely! Not that the book needs it to gain attention, but Jamaica Inn has been made into several movies which will continue to spark interest in du Maurier's work. The latest adaptation was made in 2014 and is available for streaming on Acorn. And if that's not enough you can book your stay at the real Jamaica Inn. Which looks fantastic and makes me sad that I don't live in England.

WHO I’d Recommend It To
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the classics, Gothic literature, or mysteries. Or pretty much anyone on the street. 

Now I have a question for you: Which Daphne du Maurier book should I read next?