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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (Hammer) [Kindle Edition]

Martyn Waites
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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"The Woman in Black is back, and she is just as terrifying in this sequel as she was in Susan Hill's creepy classic....Brilliantly claustrophobic and utterly chilling, Angel of Death is genuinely jump-out-of-your-seat frightening." (Daily Mail)

"Eek, this is the sequel to classic chiller, The Woman in Black. This time, the terrifying spirit is scaring the bejesus out of small kids (and us) in a creepy, creaking house in 1940." (Star Magazine)

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The fully authorised chilling sequel to Susan Hill's bestselling ghost-story, The Woman in Black - released last year as a film featuring Daniel Radcliffe - and the book the follow-up film starring Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Phoebe Fox will be based on.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1038 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (24 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DOL0H82
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Dire 8 Nov 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
OK, I had high hopes for this book, after all I've had friends rave for years about the much loved Woman in Black by Susan Hill and as such hearing that there was an authorised sequel released gave me the chance to sit back and get that wonderful chill up the spine during the dark winter night reads that I had planned.

Unfortunately what I got was a title that fell far short of what I was expecting, it felt weak, the chill factor was missing and to be honest there weren't any real twists that you couldn't see coming from a mile off. It also felt poorly written when you compare against the original and to be honest I am left wondering if it was just a quick way to cash in on the success of what has gone before. A great shame to be honest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable 3 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback
I started reading this book with an open mind but a few pages in and I put it down in disgust.

This is poorly written and clumsy.

It is a shame it shares a title with Susan Hill's masterpiece. It shouldn't.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A sequel to the film, NOT the book 30 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
I am a big fan of the Woman in Black, in whatever form: Book; Play; Film; or, misbegotten ITV TV drama. However, I am less impressed with this attempt to produce a sequel to the Woman in Black. My principle complaint (after asking 'why would someone feel the need to do this, other than to earn some money, and the blame I place for this is Hammer, who are producing a film of this book) is that it in no way corresponds to the original story. I don't mean this in content, but rather in style. The book was subtle, insidious and took a long time to develop, the sequel is full of cheap (and frankly unnecessary) contrived situations for the Woman to appear in - billeting a school of disturbed evacuee children in Eel Marsh House lacks subtly and tells us exactly what kind of story we should expect, something the original doesn't. It reads like a book that is intended to be a film, with short/ pithy chapters and endless, sudden scares. (If you've seen the film version of the original then you'll know what I am talking about).

Whereas the original was nasty: there was a developing sense of dread, leading to a cruel and vicious denouement, taking us back to the original and leaving us feeling vulnerable, in this there is no layering of dread, no development of the fear. It's more like a punch to the face, repeated ad nauseum until the conclusion. There is an attempted shock at the end, but it's expected and not particularly shocking. One doesn't come away feeling haunted or threatened (the feeling I get from the ending of the original) more disturbed that such an opportunity was missed.

Some novels are classics and should be left alone. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is one such classic. This book should have been left in the mind of the author. Unfortunately Hammer want to produce a sequel to their film version of the The Woman in Black and thus art is sacrificed on the altar of capital.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment 1 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover
I really wanted to enjoy this book having read the original Susan Hill novel, (and her other books), seen the play twice and even liked the movie. I thought this had a lot of potential - that Eel Marsh House still stands empty, damp and almost derelict and in 1940 it is requestioned to be used for evacuees from London. So the Woman in Black would have a whole house full of children and teachers to haunt, torment, etc. A great set up.

However it didnt work for me - the suspense wasnt there, Waites just didnt capture the suspense, fear and power of the original novel or even the film. I really wanted to like it and Waites is obviously a great fan of this genre but I just couldnt and didnt.

I am not sure he has read the original book since he has missed some main points - that if you see the Woman in Black you are doomed. The new main characters do see the Woman often and somehow survive.

He also needs to do some historical research - the RAF DONT have Captains- they have Group Captains but that is quite a Senior rank, they didnt have Halfiax's in 1940. The British didnt have jeeps at this stage in the war either. The Blitz, which is referred too, was 1940-1941, but most evacuations began 1939-1940. The bad winter that is mentioned and that one of the characters has a husband and son in France suggests again that its the winter of 1939-1940. But the mention of the Blitz sounds like a year later.

This historical confusion wont bother many but it bothered me, a lack of simple research distracted me and affected the story.

This novel is basically the script of a new film coming out in 2014, I hope the film is better than this novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Angel of Death 28 Dec 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I read The Woman in Black a few years ago, and found it a thrilling and chilling story which I enjoyed thoroughly. So I was very keen to read this sequel, yet slightly worried that it may not match the expectations that I had given my enjoyment of the earlier book, and that it is written by a different author.

This book is set in 1940, in the middle of the Blitz, and a group of schoolchildren are evacuated with their schoolmistress and headmistress - but they are evacuated to Eel Marsh House, and there new horrors await them.

I enjoyed this book; I didn't find it had quite the same chilling factor as I had found with The Woman in Black, but the story overall was nicely put together and incorporated the features that you would expect of a sequel to the original story. The story is really more plot-driven than character-driven, so the characters are never really fully drawn in great detail. But the story itself rockets along to a satisfyingly conclusion, and I was happy to keep reading from beginning to end. 2.5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned ghost scare!
The woman in Black is my favourite book, play, movie and was excited to see there was a sequel. After reading rather negative reviews I was put off and left disappointed; then I... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Laura Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read thanks Sue
Published 21 days ago by Sue Porch
5.0 out of 5 stars Super story
This was an excellent read I really enjoyed the storyline and could not put it down !! It was an excellent sequel to the original.
Published 3 months ago by pinky
2.0 out of 5 stars no angels
was very disappointed in this book did not seem to create a chilling atmosphere and was inclined not too finish it
Published 4 months ago by maddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Woman in Black Angel of death
I thought the original Susan hill book was excellent, also enjoyed the film although it differed from the book quite considerably. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ghost story - ignore the haters
This book is based on the screenplay of the forthcoming new 'Woman in Black' film and is from an original idea by Susan Hill. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pink-Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
I feel compelled to review this book in a more positive way as when reading other reviews and trying to decide whether or not to purchase it I was a bit put-out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss S. Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I didn't know what to expect from this after reading the reviews. I have to agree when they say "Not as scary as the first". It was a brilliant read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Keiran Lee Foord
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling
Honestly - don't waste your money or your time! The Woman in Black is a classic - this is the complete opposite. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs M E Lister
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish!!
It was lame, clunky and didn't even finish it!! But what most irritated me was 'the Captain' as there is no such rank in the RAF!!
Published 6 months ago by poin
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