Welcome to my feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Today is the turn of Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier.
Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago.
Mary Yellen arrives at Jamaica Inn to live with her Aunt and Uncle who have many secrets. Jamaica Inn is decrepit, with no guests, set in the wild and treacherous moors. There are smugglers, a horse thief, an albino vicar and a murder to solve.
This book may start off slow but as the tension and suspense slowly builds up, more and more secrets are revealed. The tension and sense of foreboding are emphasized through Du Maurier’s use of the landscape surrounding Jamaica Inn.
Mary may not be sure of what is happening at the beginning but soon her innocence is swept away as she gets more sucked into life at the Inn and the ramifications living there has.
“Because I want to; because I must; because now and forever more this is where I belong to be.”