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3.0 out of 5 stars No Chill - No thrill, 21 Oct. 2007
This review is from: The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story (Hardcover)
I read this after listening to a review on Radio 5. The reviewers indicated the novella was heart-stoppingly chilling and a good old fashioned ghost story. I love a good ghost story; so much more chilling than the gore of today that occupies the horror genre.

The book is well written and would benefit from being read on a misty winter or autumn evening in front of a roaring fire, with the house to yourself, the phone turned off and the gurantee of no disturbances.
I read it in an hour, so it kept my attention, always a good sign.

It loses stars for me as it had zero chill factor; never once did I look over my shoulder; never once has it kept me awake, not once have I thought about the content of the novella since.

It should pull on everyones fears... the eyes in certain pictures that appear to follow you round the room, but it failed for me to connect. I came away from this thinking that Hill could write better, so today I have started reading the Women in Black to see if that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

Worth a read, but really not spine tingling.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2007 17:32:03 GMT
JG says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2008 15:56:48 GMT
York8500 says:
I think you mean learn to type and proof read.....

Posted on 21 Jul 2008 12:04:59 BDT
JG says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2009 10:51:42 BDT
I agree with this review. I enjoyed the novella, but it wasn't scary at all. It was like a good Twilight Zone episode. As short as it is, I didn't feel it had enough focus to generate any real chills. It's hard to be frightened if you are not sure exactly what you are supposed to be frightened of!

As for the 'roaring fire' and all that - I agree. This is an old-fashioned story with a great atmosphere and it is best read in a cozy environment.

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 18:10:03 GMT
A. Bennett says:
It's 'The Woman (singular) in Black'
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