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The odd moment of creepiness but a poor sequel.
on 3 January 2015
'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.