23 JUNE 1888, Page 27

Lost Identities. By M. L. Tyler. 3 vols. (Swan Sonnenschein

and Co.)—The title makes a suggestion of the character of this tale which the reader will find to be verified by the reality. It is a tale of sensations and surprises. As a matter of fact, people in real life very seldom lose their personalities. Still, in fiction it is a recognised possibility, and admits of much variety of treatment. Miss Tyler's story is not much to our taste ; its style is too mag- niloquent. There is too much appearance of effort about it. Yet it is fairly readable ; and, after all, that is no little thing to say.