Hi, I have just read this book, and found it - well, just ok, enjoyable enough, although my flesh didn't creep. But can someone out there please explain what the purpose of the figure in the window at Cambridge University was. It's the bit where Oliver has been out walking at night and on his way back he sees this mysterious figure at one of the upstair rooms lit by lamplight. When he investigates the rooms prove to be empty with no one having had used them for quite some time.
I read to the end of this small book waiting for an explanation, but as far as I can see there was none. Did I miss something or was this incident just put in by Susan Hill for effect? Surely there has to be a point?
Anyway, I would be interested to hear other readers views on this.
I just finished this book and like you, found it just 'ok'. My flesh did creep a little bit towards the end when the wife spotted just a glimpse of the lady in the white dress but that was it and now, 2 days later, the effect of that is wearing off.
I had forgotten all about the figure in the window until I read your post. I guess it was just for effect? Perhaps some other reader will have another view on this. I really do think it was just for effect but I also feel a bit disappointed about this now. I'm guessing once you gaze upon or rather into the painting (and are male) it's basically signing your death warrant. Or that's how I saw it. Or does she only prey upon happy married men?