By Louisa May Alcott
This assortment represents the easiest of Alcott's grownup oeuvre, beginning with A sleek Mephistopheles, a depressing Faustian story encouraged through A lengthy deadly Love Chase. The tales during this quantity exhibit dramatic depth and exciting, suspenseful plots that exhibit Alcott to be a posh and passionate author. Readers will observe inside this maelstrom of homicide, deceit, obsessive wish, treachery, duplicity, and betrayal that love and honor can nonetheless overcome all.
The e-book takes its name from the story "A Whisper within the Dark," arguably Alcott's high-gothic masterpiece, a narrative of imperiled innocence.
Also featured are: "The Abbot's Ghost," one among Alcott's few thrillers that employs the supernatural; "Perilous Play," a sensationalist tale during which she means that with the suitable stimulation—in this situation hashish—even the blameless exhibit a gloomy part; and V.V.; or Plots and Counterplots, fraught with ardour and jealousy that introduces the mysterious Virginie Varens, the darkest heroine in all of her paintings.
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