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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Beware readers with a nervous disposition., 29 Jun. 2004
This review is from: The Woman In Black (Paperback)
I have just finished reading this book for the second time this week, and in different ways, it has left a lasting impression on my mind. I first read it mostly in a day, (this isn't a particuarly long novel), and although it creeped me out in a few places, and was generally a good example of a genre gothic horror tale, the book did not terrify me.
So then, later this week, in the evening, I am in the house alone and bored. I decided to read the woman in black once again, the only difference this time being it was approaching 11 o clock at night, and was on my own...
...Woah! Read at night, this is a totally new experience. I knew already what was to happen, yet being in a silent house alone in the night adds immense tension to this novel. Now, on the second time of reading, I was more tense and frightened than I can really remember. Seems funny now, but when I went to bed that night this book actually gave me pretty horrific nightmares!
I could actually feel my flesh creep, and the presence of the woman and the screaming child really did frighten me to powerful heights. Hill's writing seemed to gain in power and tension, and the atmosphere created was at points unbearably tense.
All in all this is a great read, and for any horror fan I would urge you to read this.
Pregnant woman, those of a depressed or nervous state, or people with weak hearts, approach with extreme caution.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2012, 21:25:34 GMT
pregnant women and those of a nervous disposition have nothing to feat this book is not scary at all !!! noting more than a 2 star rating really, there are much better books out there this is not one of them.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012, 13:40:45 GMT
Why do people such as yourselves feel it necessary to write on others' reviews that you disagree when all you ca offer is a personal/ subjective comment such as "there are much better books out there" blah blah blah.....did the author of this piece at any point state that this is the best book ever- NO!! Therefore why you feel the need to suggest that what he is saying is akin to that is beyond me.
30534: Personally i totally agree with you- two of the tthree times i have read this were at night- once on halloweeen with kids occassionally banging on the door....WOAHH!! hahaha and the other during a very blustery night around the Christmas period- utterly chilling atmosphere in the room. Not much else to say, other than in the cold grip of late night- this narrative takes on a terrifying and stagnant existence.....
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