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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books (7 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552150398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552150392
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,463,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A single woman living alone in the middle of nowhere, amid a handful of peculiar neighbours and with a past that continues to haunt her--what more is needed as the basis for a thriller? Only things that go bump in the night and a mysterious figure that appears in the fields. White delivers all this and more to produce a classic that tingles the spine, just as it promises.

When a child under her jurisdiction is murdered at the hands of an abusive family, social worker Georgina Jefferson suffers an inevitable, and unbearable backlash. Desperate to escape the adverse media attention, she moves to the cottage of her recently deceased brother. Not only does she believe this to be a good way to discover more about a brother she never knew, she also feels a winter spent on her own in the country will help her get her life back on track. Foolish sentiments indeed, as it transpires, especially when a burnt doll is discovered in the woodshed....

White controls the pace of this well-written novel with supreme skill, building up a tangible atmosphere of fear which threatens to unhinge Georgina completely. Delicious stuff. --Claire Allfree --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Western Morning News" As chilling as the blizzard winds which howl around its location, "Unhallowed Ground" is a complex thriller which will fire your imagination and fuel your fears. This is not a novel to read on your own or in an isolated spot. A master of the storyteller's art, Gillian White slowly and subtly builds up the suspense until it reaches a truly terrifying and totally unexpected denouement. A well-crafted and unnerving work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a brilliant collection of short stories all of which are extremely spine-chilling. Each story has a certain air of mystery surrounding it as well as a sensation of nightmare. The first story which is called'The hound of death' is about a woman who sees strange apparitions after the destrution of the convent in belgium where she was a nun. The story starts of seeming quite harmless but as it goes on it gets, more and more obvious that there is more to certain characters than meets the eye. The first story is just a taster for the other, even more mysterious tales which follow. This book is definitely not for those who suffer from nightmares or are scared easily. But you would have to have read it to know whether you are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SocialBookshelves.com on 8 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you’re only a fan of Christie because of Poirot and Miss Marple then this book is not the book for you – indeed, if you only read her because of her crime writing then it’s not the book for you either. The Hound of Death is a collection of some of Christie’s finest short stories, and they’re mainly supernatural thrillers although there are a few other genres and a few hybrids included.

I actually enjoyed reading this more than some of her detective stories, because it gives you an interesting insight in to the way that the woman’s mind worked. If anything, the similarities between Christie and that other great crime writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are more obvious here than anywhere else – Doyle was well-known for his spiritualism and superstition at the end of his life, and he would have loved to have read this work if he’d lived for long enough.

As it is, we’re the lucky readers who get a chance to read Christie’s spine-tingling work, and I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of The Hound of Death if you can get your hands on it, particularly if you can get one of the gorgeous facsimile editions which I was lucky enough to find. You’re in for some of the finest short fiction available by any writer in any language.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mrs finch on 5 Sept. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
absolutely loved this, agatha at her best! just the right read on a stormy night with a mug of coco by your side! just getting to my bed was the issue as i scared myself so much! recommend this again and again!
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By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
This review is of Gillian White's Unhallowed Ground. For reasons known only to themselves, Amazon have combined the reviews for Gillian White's Unhallowed Ground and Agatha Christie's The Hound of Death. The stupidity of this has been pointed out to them, but clearly they don't care.

Georgie needs to get away from London to escape the publicity around the killing of a child while she was the social worker responsible for little Angie's case. So when she unexpectedly inherits a cottage in a tiny hamlet on Dartmoor it seems an ideal place to escape to for a few months - until she meets the strange and mostly unfriendly neighbours, that is.

White handles prose with originality and control, and in Georgie she creates a completely believable character, flawed, yes, but with an underlying strength of character that is crumbling under the guilt of the child's death. For the first half of the book, White cuts between the present and the past, letting us see the events that have brought Georgie to this place and this state of mind. Once Georgie gets to Dartmoor, the tension starts to ratchet up, while the reader is left to wonder whether the scary events are really happening or are all part of Georgie's guilt-ridden mind. As winter comes and the snow starts to fall, Georgie is trapped in the cottage and alone...

For the most part, I thought this was a first-rate slow-burn psychological thriller that kept me hooked and on edge. Unfortunately I thought the ending let the book down - without any spoilers, I felt the climax didn't quite live up to the sense of anticipation and tension that the author had so carefully built throughout. However, on the basis of this book, I am certainly looking forward to reading more of White's work. Recommended.

NB This review is of a proof copy provided by the publisher.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great start and quite believable and atmospheric at first. Tended to drag a bit in the middle and could have done with some proper editing to maintain the pace. Ridiculously florid and unbelievable ending - left me grimacing in embarrassment at the daftness of the gore and the sudden romance when I imagine I was supposed to be thrilled and spooked.

Who on earth proof read the book too - prolific use of 'slither' instead of 'sliver' and several other misspelt words. Annoyingly distracting.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
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Another fantastic read from Gillian White. Her ability to bring characters alive is amazing, they seem to stay with you long after the book is put aside and become a part of your everyday thoughts during and after the read.
I am usually a slow reader but I took this book everywhere with me, even in the bath, and completed it within 2 days....I just couldn't put it down!
I considered many different theories as I read, changing my mind more than once as to what the final plot may be - Only to finally find that none of my theories met with the clever finality Gillian White had created - I remember mumbling "oh my God" out loud as I read through the final chapters.
Such detail combined with so much mystery is surely a skill? These skills mixed with an intelligent yet easily dissolved language can only come to produce a winning thriller.
This was my second read, "Refuge" being my first and I now have 2 more on order......Gillian White creates a thirst within you that only more of her work can quench!
OUTSTANDING!
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