Dolly: A Ghost Story (The Susan Hill Collection) Paperback – 26 Sep 2013
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Susan Hill is the grande dame of English supernatural fiction (Financial Times)
No one chills the heart like Susan Hill (Daily Telegraph)
Part of the fear she conjures up is a sense that this could happen to anyone (Scotsman)
An assuredly chilling ghost story, Dolly doesn't leave its questions unanswered. Damage is assumed, noted, but not forgiven, and as the story develops evil is passed through the generations like a stain (Guardian)
From the greatest living writer of ghost stories, here is a perfect chiller: a story of two damaged children filled with unease, the supernatural and horror.See all Product Description
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Very atmospheric, with some wonderful descriptions of landscape and setting, this competently crafted story makes for an absorbing, creepy and unsettling read. One to be read and enjoyed on a chilly evening in front of the fire, while the shivers run up and down your spine.
Note: This is a very slim novel containing 153 pages - so easily readable in one sitting.
The story is very spooky and gripping, a good old fashioned ghost story which I read in about two hours.
The writing is beautifully crafted and taut. It is narrated in the first person by Edward who tells of a childhood encounter with his spoilt and spiteful cousin Leonora. What happens to the two cousins while they stay with their aunt has terrible consequences on both their adult lives. I particularly liked the descriptions of the eerie but beautiful fenland countryside. I could almost feel the wind rattling the house and the storm as the children sleep in their remote rooms up in the attic. This will appeal to anyone who wants a spooky tale for the short winter evenings
This isn't the first time that Hill's cobbled something together for Christmas but this one seems particularly undercooked.
The scene setting as always with Susan Hill's books was beautifully done and I read the first half with anticipation of what was to come, but as it continued I really didn't find it particularly scary or chilling and I thought the ending seemed rushed and convenient. I enjoy Susan Hill's style of writing but the second half of this book disappointed me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A slight disappointment, this one. There's nothing wrong with it exactly; it just didn't wow me and felt too similar to The Woman In Black. Read morePublished 6 days ago by LukeW
Dolly is one of Susan Hill's supernatural novellas. My copy is a nice little hardcover edition; I have matching editions of The Small Hand and Printer's Devil Court, also by Hill,... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Joanne Sheppard
Short, shivery ghost story, which while you'll probably guess what is coming, will while away an evening.Published 1 month ago by TallyCat
unllike some reviewers here I thought this was very good indeed and thoroughly enjoyed this good read. I like susan hills descriptive passages, eg of the fensPublished 1 month ago by grumps
What a piece of s***. The story keeps building to a climax that never happens.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Liked this book. As ghost stories go it was good. Prefer her Detective series books.Published 2 months ago by janty
The modern ghost story requires not only a willing suspension of disbelief, allowing for some impossible, irrational things to occur which would not be acceptable in realistic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard Brown
I sometimes think my expectations of Susan Hill are set a little too high! The Woman in Black is a hard act to follow, after all is said and done! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Meretseger