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Disappointing Ghost Story,
This review is from: The Small Hand: A Ghost Story (Hardcover)I love Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler series, but her ghost stories continue to disappoint me. 'The Small Hand' is a small book about a ghostly old mansion, formerly world famous for its magnificent gardens, but now fallen into disrepair. A rare book dealer stumbles upon the house after becoming lost on his way to visit a client. While there, he feels a small, ghostly hand grasp his. He initially dismisses this as overactive imagination, but is soon gripped by panic attacks and the feeling that he is being manipulated into dangerous situations. The plot of the book rests upon a foundation of hard-to-believe coincidences. I do not like plots built upon coincidence. Coincidence is a lazy device that almost never serves the writer well. And it certainly does a dis-service to the reader.
I wasn't scared--I was annoyed.
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2010 10:23:48 BDT
Goth lady says:
Your reaction is very similar to mine! I loved the first 118 pages, but then came the 'twist', which I found clunky and unconvincing, followed by a downward spiral into a denouement that neither convinced nor chilled me.
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