The Mist In The Mirror Paperback – 2 Sep 1999
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"Thoroughly frightening" (Daily Telegraph)
"Chills the blood" (The Times)
"Reader beware. When you turn the last page of Susan Hill’s ghost story, you do not just close the book but emerge with an icy shiver" (Daily Mail)
"Psychologically astute and disturbing in its ambiguities, its impossible to resist the manipulative power of this finely constructed tale" (Financial Times)
"Chock-full of dimness, murk, moonlight, mystification and melancholy" (Independent)
A terrifying ghost story, by the author of the The Woman in BlackSee all Product Description
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I agree with some of the other reviewers about the ending - you do feel a little cheated, but the book is so enthralling, it more than makes up for it.
The only reason this gets a 4 and not a 5 was because of the ending. There were too many unanswered questions - who WAS the old woman he saw at the Cross Keys Inn? What WAS IT behind the curtain adn the locked door that terrified Monmouth so much that he dare not look? What was the secret of the dreaded mirror and why did it appear in several of the places that Monmouth visited...Read more ›
The effect of Conrad Vane and the spectral young boy are also deeply disturbing, which has prompted its label as a 'ghost story'. What is interesting though, is that The Mist in the Mirror brings together the ghost story and the gothic tradition (which are not the same) to create a chilling impact.
Overall, this is a very interesting yet disturbing read. It is a little weak in comparison with her other works, notably 'The Woman in Black', but compulsive reading nevertheless.
The reason? Well, to echo most other reviewers, I feel Susan Hill missed a great chance to turn out a fantastic ghost story by copping out on the ending.
For instance, there's Vane standing in the chapel, heralding (so I thought) a terrifying and spine tingling climax, and.......? He's not mentioned again. Too many loose ends generally.
It's almost as if SH got fed up after 180 - odd pages and decided to finish off the story there and then, any which way.
Having slated the ending, I must clarify that the rest of the book is very exciting. Lashings of Victorian atmosphere and some genuinely scary moments. I'm glad I read it and would recommend to others, but with a note of warning over the disappointing ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story in itself is poor but we'll written. I kept expecting something to happen that never didPublished 2 months ago by Giorgia Fratini
I liked this right up until the last few pages and then it left me feeling thoroughly disappointed. I had hoped for another 'Woman in Black' but certainly this isn't it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs. E. A. Marks
Surely one of the most wholeheatedly scary ghost stories yet written. Contrary to popular statement, I'd say that the scariest ghost story of our times isn't The Woman in Black. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elizabeth Munro
I read a couple of Susan Hill's books and enjoyed them, but when I bought more of her books I realised that they were all the same and extremely depressing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Archie