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Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson is a riveting tale that explores the dark secrets hidden within a decaying noble family in the mountains of Spain. The story follows a young soldier who is sent to recover from a battle injury at the mysterious Sanjorg family estate, where he becomes entangled in a web of forbidden love and paranormal occurrences.

Stevenson masterfully weaves together elements of gothic horror and psychological suspense to create a compelling narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The atmospheric setting of the mountainside castle adds to the air of mystery and suspense, while the complex characters and intricate plot twists will leave readers guessing until the very end.

Olalla is a haunting and atmospheric tale that delves into themes of family legacy, madness, and the destructive power of secrets. Stevenson's vivid descriptions and rich prose bring the story to life, drawing readers into a world of darkness and intrigue. Overall, Olalla is a captivating read that will appeal to fans of gothic fiction and literary suspense.

Book Description:

“Olalla” was a “shilling shocker” written for the Christmas season in 1885, just before the publication of Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The nameless protagonist of this Gothic tale, a wounded soldier, goes to the Spanish countryside to recuperate. He finds himself enthralled by the beautiful Olalla, the daughter of his hostess, whose family conceals a terrible secret.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 25, 2013
I heard this dramatized on BBC and it was excellent. This is a good story, well read.

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