The Woman In Black

Paperback | March 2, 2015

bySusan Hill

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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.

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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 t...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.4 × 5.08 × 0.61 inPublished:March 2, 2015Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0099583348

ISBN - 13:9780099583349

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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

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‘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