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The Woman in Black

Hill, Susan (Book - 1986)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Woman in Black
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Authors: Hill, Susan, 1942-
Title: The woman in black
Publisher: Boston : D.R. Godine, 1986, c1983
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 160 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
ISBN: 0879235764
9780307950215
Statement of Responsibility: Susan Hill ; illustrations by John Lawrence
LCCN: 85070145
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A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.


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Dec 22, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Written in the style of Wilkie Collins, "Woman in White", this is a ghost story. The setting is perhaps inspired by Holy Island in Northumbria, which is accessible only at low tide. It is well done for what it is.

Loved this book. It's a great creepy, scary book to read. Her descriptions of the places, sounds, smells, everything were spot on. I felt as if I was standing right there experiencing them. A great read.

Eek! I'm easily scared, so I certainly found this book creepy. Hill doesn't inspire fright with gouls popping out of nowhere, so much as with the atmosphere she creates, which was very eerie. I found the ending a bit unfulfilling, though, and the way that Hill's narrator constantly invokes the Gothic by saying that the whole thing wasn't very Gothic (when it was), made it seem like a little bit of a satire. But that's just my take.

Nov 02, 2012
  • ehbooklover rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An evocative ghost story in the Gothic style that provides all of its scares via atmosphere and a slow build up of suspense rather then relying on blood and gore. The perfect read for a dark and stormy night.

Nov 01, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved the descriptive writing style. Good story, well written novella.

Aug 26, 2012
  • biblioholic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In 1990, on a trip to London, I went to see a theatrical production of "A Women In Black." I didn't know what it was, but it was the most convenient show fior which tickets were available. I didn't expect much. I just wanted to go the theatre in London. I didn't expect to receive the greatest scare of my life, or to have chills run down my spine, and to jump from my seat in fear. But I did. The simple, sparse production produced more fear in me than had lavish big-budget productions like "Poltergeist" or "Jaws." And so, when I started reading Susan Hill's novel, I knew what to expect, and also wondered whether there was anything new to be experienced in the book. There was. Reading Susan Hill's prose is like watching a master craftsperson. It is the soul of parsimony. Not a word wasted. In only a hundred-some pages, she creates an inescapable terror.

Aug 15, 2012
  • Loriel_2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good old-fashioned Gothic novel, creepy and atmospheric. Best read alone on a cold blustery night for maximum effect. No gore, yay!

Jul 24, 2012
  • SFCohen rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It's a ghost story. It's pretty much the ur-ghost story, except it was written too recently for that. Doors that were locked are mysteriously opened, rocking chairs creak when there's no one to rock in them, strange noises are heard over the moors... All the elements are here, but there's nothing new or surprising or different in the way they're put together. Somehow there's atmosphere without tension.

Jul 16, 2012
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very interesting read. Very tragic as well.

A very well-written old fashioned ghost story. Probably not chilling enough for those addicted to blood and vampires, but just right for me.

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Jul 22, 2012
  • gasperis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book version is quite different from that of the movie.
Good choice for someone who desires only a little scare.
If more scare is desired view the movie.

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