Book Review: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

“She had the right upon her side, and faith in God, and he was an outcast in a hell of his own creation.”

Daphne Du Maurier, Jamaica Inn

Title: Jamaica Inn
Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Genres: Classics, Suspense, Gothic
Pages: 347 (Paperback)
Published: 1936

My Rating: ★★ ¾
Read: 3/31/2017 – 4/22/2022


I started reading this back in 2017 and I’ve only now picked it up again. I’ve read quite a few of Daphne Du Maurier’s works and I found this book to have the most unsettling tone of all of them (a reason I initially put it down). The story was fantastic and gritty as always, but I had trouble getting into this one as I have with the others. I don’t know if the large reading gap contributed or not. I’m curious to watch one of the many screen adaptations of this to see if it influences my lasting opinion.


I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did as the trip I was taking when I began was special to me, especially after the last couple of years. I wanted to reconnect with that time in a way but the story just didn’t pull me in. It’s easy to see why it’s made it onto the screen more than once. It was adventuresome and had great antagonists, but I found Mary to be far too plain (which was the intention for the character but I still found her too dull).

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