Penguin Books Limited, 1998 - 460 pages
Hardy described Desperate Remedies as a tale of 'mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity'. Cytherea has taken a position as lady's maid to the eccentric arch-intriguer Miss Aldclyffe. On discovering that the man she loves, Edward Springrove, is already engaged to his cousin, Cytherea comes under the influence of Miss Aldclyffe's fascinating, manipulative steward Manston. Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy's first published novel, and in it he draws blithely on the 'sensation novel' perfected by Wilkie Collins. Several perceptive critics praised the author as a novelist with a future when Desperate Remedies appeared anonymously in 1871. In its depiction of country life and insight into psychology and sexuality it already bears the unmistakable imprint of Hardy's genius.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - burritapal - LibraryThing
This starts out slow and you're almost yawning, but by the end you're figuratively sitting on the edge of your seat. A brother and sister are left orphans when their architect father tumbles from the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing
“Desperate Remedies” differs greatly from all other works by Thomas Hardy. This is his attempt at "the sensational novel", and I for one feel he succeeds well. While Hardy’s genius isn’t at its ... Read full review