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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (Hammer)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
'The Woman in Black - Angel of Death' isn't written by the same author as the original 'The Woman in Black' though it's set in and around the original ' Eel Marsh House'. In this book the plot has moved forwards in time to 1940 and the time of 'The Blitz' during World War II. A group of school children along with their teachers are evacuated to the house with horrific consequences. If you've read the original then you'll know that the haunting of the house is linked to the fate of children who once lived and died there. What happens in this sequel carries on with those themes in a way that's completely predictable but; there are moments of eeriness with little bits and pieces of atmosphere that might just put you on the edge of your seat. There seems to be a reliance on plot rather than character and I think that's a weakness. It's hard to get too worked up and anxious about characters you don't really know. I was also disappointed in how the essential history of 'Eel Marsh House' and it's deadly resident are relegated to the back of the plot. It's all about what happens in the moment and not what has happened in the past. Leaves such a gap in the story and makes it difficult to stick with.

Flows along at a good rate but lacks much of the quality, creepiness and authenticity of the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2015
I expected a lot from a sequel to Susan Hill's The Woman in Black. Her book, the play adapted from it and even the film were utterly fantastic. So imagine my disappointment when the sequel proved to be nothing more than jottings for a possible film script. Short paragraphs replete with ill-structured sentences failed to do more than indicate what could have been a great story. The characters were half-baked, unconvincing and two-dimensional. Many of the events in the story lacked a satisfactory explanation - and I don't mean the idea of a ghost - and there were so many omissions and historical and other mistakes that I wondered if Hammer employ editors any more. This was a very naive and badly written book, not even suitable for children let alone adults, and for once I almost felt like asking for my money back. Let's hope the film is better - it certainly couldn't be worse!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2015
I saw the reviews for this book on my kindle and wasn't sure. I really enjoyed the movie and I had read the first woman in black and thought it was ok but anyway I bought this book and really enjoyed it. I found it a lovely and easy read and didn't want to put the kindle down. so if you like the first book I recommend this book. I thought it was good value for money I want to read more books like this one so please don't be put off with the bad and negative reviews.... what have you got to lose?
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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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
awful - has the author actually read the original, probably not. I was really looking forward to reading it, but it went on and on and on, and nothing really happened. Had to read it to the end, but was glad when I finished it/
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2015
One of the most silly books I've ever read. "Scary"?? Pfft!! I'm not wasting my time going through the story, I'd rather just forget I've ever read it.
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on 4 March 2015
Nowhere near as good as the original by Susan Hill but few sequels and follow ups are.
Having said that it’s still a good old fashioned English ghost story that’s very enjoyable to read on a cold winter’s night snuggled up in front of the fire with a glass of something nice. I saw the movie before I read the book and I prefer to do it the other way round but it didn’t spoil anything for me, it’s also a nice easy read. Not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but no less enjoyable for that.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2013
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2014
I have been a massive Hammer fan since I was a boy oh and Mr Waites don't be embarrassed to have a large collection of Hammer films on dvd and Blu-ray just enjoy them. The T.V production scared the life out of me in the 80s. The play made me jump out of my skin . The original book terrified me . Yes I am talking about THE WOMAN IN BLACK the brilliant ghost story written by Susan Hill. Now the sequel is the follow up to the Hammer film version of T.W.I.B which had its moments but not very scary . The problem I have with it is the story is a bit obvious I mean where is the worst place you can send a bunch of evacuees?. Yep to a place that could not be more dangerous for children Eel Marsh House .As for Jennet Humfrye she pops up all over the place sometimes less is more .The last chapter I saw coming and had no shock value whatsoever. The trouble is as I read the book I could see the film and with more than one sequel being talked about I am thinking careful Hammer how far can you take this story ? Remember Dracula & Frankenstein even though I love Hammer films the quality of some of the plots where a little poor (Scars of Dracula , Frankenstein created woman).From the plot of the book I could almost see the negative reviews of the film . Just be careful OH, HERE SHE IS AGAIN I do not want that for THE WOMAN IN BLACK.
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