The Woman In Black by Susan HillThe Woman In Black by Susan Hill

The Woman In Black

bySusan Hill

Paperback | March 2, 2015

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Arthur Kipps did not believe in ghosts.
     Few attend Mrs. Alice Drablow's funeral, and not one blood relative amongst them. There are undertakers with shovels, of course, a local official who would rather be anywhere else, and one Mr. Arthur Kipps, solicitor from London. He is to spend the night in Eel Marsh House, the place where the old recluse died amidst a sinking swamp, a blinding fog and a baleful mystery about which the townsfolk refuse to speak. 
     Young Mr. Kipps expects a boring evening alone sorting out paperwork and searching for Mrs. Drablow's will. But when the high tide pens him in, what he finds -- or rather what finds him -- is something else entirely.
SUSAN HILL has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Somerset Maugham; and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I'm the King of the C...
Title:The Woman In BlackFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.4 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:March 2, 2015Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099583348

ISBN - 13:9780099583349


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This is old school horror at it's best. It draws you in a has a way of making you feel like you have to turn the page or else! It was truly scary and a delight to read.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Ghost Story This novel has perhaps one of the best, scariest passages found in a ghost story... I loved how it was presented as a story within a story, it made Arthur feel more real, and made me feel more invested in his tale. Unlike the movies, this novel is not based on jump scares, but more 'did I or did I not see that' events that leave you feeling unsettled, unnerved, and simultaneously hesitant and excited to find out what happens next. I absolutely loved reading this, and 100% recommend it.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great horror! I enjoyed the old 1989 movie, so I thought I'd give the book a try. It starts with an aside that probably could have been cut, but really picks up once all the characters are on the scene. I absolutely loved this! Just like the movie, it has that plodding atmospheric buildup that I absolutely love. But then, when it gets terrifying, it gets pee-my-pants terrifying.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable I tried buying this book but it was out of stock so I got he audiobook and it was great. The narrator was fantastic and the writing is beautiful. Love the story.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read I agree with the reviews that define this book as a modern Victorian Gothic. I personally was not a huge fan of the style or writing as I did not find it as smooth to read as some books, but I suppose that comes with choice style of language used to create the feel of that era. I found the first 20-some introductory pages a little boring, but it picks up fairly quick after that. The story does a good job from there on of drawing from the suspense and fear of the characters to build up a chilling atmosphere for the reader. For those who have seen the movie or would like to read a decent eerie ghost story the book is definitely worth a chance.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Modern Take on Victorian Gothic This is one of those books that suit a cold, dark winter's day. It has all the scares that you would expect and atmosphere plus and a great twist at the end. However if you expect extreme blood and gore like most modern horror, this one is not for you. The narration Hill has created is psychological and it is highly comparable to some of the later Victorian Gothic literature from authors such as M.R. James with a touch of Lovecraft. If you like ghosts and horror, this is a great book and definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy atmospheric read I love the descriptive writing powers of the author and the way that you are transported to the places so that you can actually feel them. The story builds and you adopt the emotions of the main character. I like that it is a quick to read ghost story with a great ending that gives you the creeps rather than being horrific.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boring Book with a Great Ending I didn't enjoy this book, but the ending itself deserved a star added on. Perhaps I'm used to the way horror is done nowadays, but even then I can't really stand it when a character spends a lot time telling me how much something affected them and how horrible it was. The story itself wasn't particularly scary or even creepy and I didn't like the beginning - it felt out of place - but at the end when everything came together, even if the dilemma wasn't solved, I at least felt like I didn't waste my time on the book. I would've preferred it had it been longer and delved into everything deeper, but from my familiarity with classic books I know that it just isn't done that way. It would've been good had there been better foreshadowing throughout - and if the beginning of the story didn't tell us that everything was going to end up mostly okay for the protagonist. I didn't like how names were thrown about - it should've been Esme as someone's something instead of just saying the name without context as the author did. I got confused and wondered who some of these characters were in relation to the protagonist, and I got minor characters confused quickly. The horror aspect wasn't pleasing either, and not in a good horror way. Even if we don't compare it to horror now, and just appreciate it as Gothic, the only part that fit well was the ending - everything else fell flat. More rumours about the house and its inhabitants would've been better, instead of complete silence, and it didn't make sense that the townsfolk would even let Arthur in the house considering the outcome they all knew too well. I am disappointed with this story as I expected more from it, but at least I can look forward to watching the movie and not worrying about it not doing the story justice since it will instead improve on it. Were there less of the protagonist telling me how terrified and devastated he was, and more of actually seeing him suffer, perhaps it would've been different, but otherwise I don't think I'd reread this again for pleasure even if the end made it somewhat worthwhile. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understated, Creepy, Gothic Fiction This is a short, little ghost story, perfect for reading on a rainy/snowy night. There isn't a lot of overt terror (which I appreciate), just a skilled, persistent, growing sense of unease and spookiness. The sense of atmosphere Susan Hill creates is palpable, and the description of Eel Marsh House practically had my skin crawling. Not exactly heart-stopping horror, but definitely had me looking over my shoulder at night.
Date published: 2016-11-08

Editorial Reviews

‘A rattling good yearn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine’ -- Guardian

‘She writes with great power… Authentically chilling’ -- Daily Telegraph

‘An excellent ghost story… magnificently eerie… compulsive reading’ -- Evening Standard