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The Woman In Black [Paperback]

Susan Hill
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Book Description

6 Aug 1998
Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099288478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099288473
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (534 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Susan Hill is a prize-winning novelist, having been awarded the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys awards, as well as having been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She wrote Mrs de Winter, the bestselling sequel to Rebecca, and the ghost story The Woman in Black, which was adapted for the stage and became a great success in the West End. Her books include a collection of exquisite short stories, The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler. Susan Hill lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing firm, Long Barn Books.

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"Hill's haunting tales may be slim, but they pull no punches." (Harper's Bazaar)

"Heartstoppingly chilling" (Daily Express)

"A rattling good yarn, 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)

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'Heartstoppingly chilling' Daily Express

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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A proper, traditional sort of ghost story 10 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
A few weeks ago, The Woman in Black was read, in half-hour instalments over the course of a several midnights, on BBC Digital Radio 7. I was hooked and didn't even investigate what I might be missing on the telly. As soon the reading was completed, I bought the book and was surprised to discover how modern it is - first published in 1983. It's like a real, traditional English ghost story - the sort that taps into our deepest fears, challenges our rational beliefs and engages our imagination. It's a story of tragedy, impotent rage, insane hatred and terrible revenge for past injustices wreaked upon innocent by-standers in the present. The haunted landscape, changing from bright sunshine to impenetrable fog, the raging storms, the isolation of the dismal house, the build-up of tension and anxiety and the slow breakdown of disbelief in a darker reality are described so well, that we can easily share in the terror.

Excellent book. Highly recommended.
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129 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric read. 30 Oct 2006
By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book begins with a family sitting around the fire telling each other ghost tales. The father of the family keeps silent as he listens to the stories that his family is telling each other. He walks out of the room when they ask him to join in and spin a spooky yarn, because he doesn't want to tell the tale that has haunted his dreams ever since he was a young man. The tale he has to tell is far more horrifying, chilling and disturbing than his family could imagine. Even more shocking is that the tale he has to tell is true!

This is a most beautifully told story with wonderful descriptions of the countryside, the haunted house and the marshes that surround it. At times I felt as if I were inside the house - cautiously entering the haunted rooms and creeping around in the dark with only a candle to light the way. It's full of surprises and unexpectedly heartbreaking too. A wonderful atmospheric read that kept me turning the pages faster and faster until all too soon I reached the end.
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
By "30534"
Format:Paperback
I have just finished reading this book for the second time this week, and in different ways, it has left a lasting impression on my mind. I first read it mostly in a day, (this isn't a particuarly long novel), and although it creeped me out in a few places, and was generally a good example of a genre gothic horror tale, the book did not terrify me.
So then, later this week, in the evening, I am in the house alone and bored. I decided to read the woman in black once again, the only difference this time being it was approaching 11 o clock at night, and was on my own...
...Woah! Read at night, this is a totally new experience. I knew already what was to happen, yet being in a silent house alone in the night adds immense tension to this novel. Now, on the second time of reading, I was more tense and frightened than I can really remember. Seems funny now, but when I went to bed that night this book actually gave me pretty horrific nightmares!
I could actually feel my flesh creep, and the presence of the woman and the screaming child really did frighten me to powerful heights. Hill's writing seemed to gain in power and tension, and the atmosphere created was at points unbearably tense.
All in all this is a great read, and for any horror fan I would urge you to read this.
Pregnant woman, those of a depressed or nervous state, or people with weak hearts, approach with extreme caution.
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157 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 28 Aug 2005
By Lilly Penhaligon VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Susan Hill proves that a superbly written ghost story is infinitely more chilling than any gore fest in film. This is by far the best ghost story that I have ever read. Ok, so the subject matter includes all the usual staples of a good horror yarn - mysterious, young, pale women, a strange and isolated delapidated house, a village of people who will not approach the house or its estates for all the money and love in the world, mystery, intrigue and the most frightening part of all - the involvement of spectral children...
Basically this book scared the living daylights out of me and I loved it. My local library had a waiting list the same size as that for Chloe's new Paddington handbag so I bit the bullet and bought my own copy. You will read this book time and time again so buy the book!!! We have two copies in our house - we keep them in teh study even though we each have bookshelves in our rooms... The fact of the matter is, none of us are keen to keep a copy in the same place that we sleep just in case.
If you like being frightened, I would definitely read this book. Also - if you can get to the see the play in london DO SO. Don't be put off it it starts a little slow - you WILL be SCREAMING out loud and you'll come out shaking...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.. spine tingling and terrifying 11 July 2006
Format:Paperback
I bought this book as it had been recommended to me. It begins rather slowly but as you read it you will see that this is a ploy to ensure that the terror slowly builds with each page you turn.

Arthur Kipps is a young solicitor, sent to deal with the affairs of a deceased client Alice Dreblow. Mrs Dreblow lived in an old isolated house, Eel Marsh House, settling in the middle of marshland. As Arthur becomes accustomed to the odd inhabitants of the nearby village and their strange reaction to Mrs Dreblow a wider and more sinister story unfolds.

Watch out for the scene where Arthur settles down for a night in Eel Marsh house.. terrifying.

If you love ghost stories, especially of the Victorian era, that are well written then do get this book, it is one of the best books I have ever read, and I have read hundreds.

Its only a shame it was not longer, but then the shortness and sharpness is what also makes this book so successful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Narrator was disappointing - shame.
Published 7 days ago by Christa
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
Scared me witless. Sooo much better than the film Atmospheric and a really good tale
Published 9 days ago by S. E. Fielding
1.0 out of 5 stars not impressed
Do I have to. It's tedious to review every book I read if I wasn't particulRly impressed with the book
Published 12 days ago by Valerie Allpress
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Creepy
Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black’ was written in the 1980s but in style it is much more reminiscent of the 1890s. Read more
Published 17 days ago by professor
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
Bought after watching film expecting book to be as good if not better it wasn't in my opinion
Published 22 days ago by dg
5.0 out of 5 stars Leave the light on
Chilling!!
Published 1 month ago by Suzie Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I read this as the students at school are studying gothic literature, including this. Not a big read, not as great as I'd been lead to believe and certainly not as scary as the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ceejay
4.0 out of 5 stars women in black
It was scary so it gave me nightmares and I think you should read this so you can have the same experience
Published 1 month ago by Potato
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is better.
If you watched the film and were disappointed with the ending you must read the book. A far more twisted ending!
Published 1 month ago by Troll
1.0 out of 5 stars Not scary
Very slow-paced, no real storyline and it definitely wasn't as scary as the blurb makes it out to be. I would not recommend this book.
Published 1 month ago by yjsyjsyjs
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