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Salthaven   By: (1863-1943)

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Salthaven by W. W. Jacobs is a gripping novel that takes readers on a suspenseful journey through a coastal town filled with secrets and hidden identities. The story follows the protagonist, Sam Holt, a young sailor who accidentally stumbles upon Salthaven while looking for work.

From the very first pages, the author skillfully sets the tone, creating a sense of intrigue and mystery that lingers throughout the narrative. The atmospheric descriptions of the seaside town immerse readers in its eerie aura, making it almost a character in itself. The reader can almost hear the crashing waves and feel the salty breeze on their skin as they navigate the winding streets of Salthaven alongside Sam.

One of the most impactful aspects of this novel is the wonderfully crafted characters. Sam Holt's genuine curiosity and relentless spirit draw readers in, encouraging them to root for him as he unravels the town's dark secrets. The supporting cast is equally well-developed, with each character adding depth and complexity to the narrative. From the enigmatic Captain Rattler to the enigmatic figure of Mrs. Brooker, every character plays a pivotal role in unfolding the story's intricate plot.

As the layers of the mystery peel away, Jacobs maintains a steady pace that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The twists and turns in the plot are unexpected and skillfully executed, making it nearly impossible to predict the outcome. The author's ability to maintain suspense throughout the novel is commendable, showcasing a talent for storytelling that holds readers captive until the very end.

Alongside the thrilling mystery, Salthaven also explores themes of identity and the consequences of past actions. The novel raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of secrets and how they can shape one's life. It prompts readers to ponder the lengths people will go to protect their secrets and the impact those secrets can have on their own well-being and the lives of those around them.

Overall, Salthaven is a captivating and atmospheric novel that delivers suspense, memorable characters, and thought-provoking themes. W. W. Jacobs showcases his exceptional storytelling skills in this thrilling tale that will keep readers engaged from start to finish. Whether you're a fan of mystery, suspense, or simply appreciate a well-crafted narrative, Salthaven is a book that deserves a place on your reading list.

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By W. W. Jacobs



MR. JOHN VYNER, ship owner, pushed his chair back from his writing table and gazed with kindly condescension at the chief clerk as he stood before it with a handful of papers.

"We shall be able to relieve you of some of your work soon, Hartley," he said, slowly. "Mr. Robert will come into the firm next week." The chief clerk bowed.

"Three years at Cambridge," resumed Mr. Vyner, meditatively, "and two years spent up and down the world studying the business methods of other nations ought to render him invaluable to us."

"No doubt, sir," said Hartley. "It is an excellent training."

"For a time," said the ship owner, leaning back and placing the tips of his fingers together, "for a time I am afraid that he will have to have your room. Later on ha if a room should ha fall vacant in the building, we might consider taking it."

"Yes, sir," said the other.

"And, of course," resumed Mr. Vyner, "there is one great advantage in your being in the general office which must not be overlooked; you can keep an eye on the juniors better."

"It is cheerful, too, sir," suggested the chief clerk; "the only thing "

"Yes?" said Mr. Vyner, somewhat loudly.

Mr. Hartley shrank a little. "I was going to say that it is rather a small room for Mr... Continue reading book >>

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