The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
A Ghost Story

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10 Critic Reviews

Kipps and the reader are in for some genuinely scary moments...
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Synopsis

The classic ghost story by Susan Hill: a chilling tale about a menacing spectre haunting a small English town.
 
Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford—a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway—to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow’s house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images—a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black. Psychologically terrifying and deliciously eerie, The Woman in Black is a remarkable thriller of the first rate.
 

About Susan Hill

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Susan Hill is the author of the Black Beauty My Readers and many other beginning readers. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Michael Hague has illustrated some of the best-loved works of children's literature, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
 
Published October 18, 2011 by Vintage. 178 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Blog Critics

Good
on Oct 15 2011

Kipps and the reader are in for some genuinely scary moments...

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Pope on Oct 10 2011

...she prays on her reader’s inner most fears and society’s denial of the existence of ghosts. The location of Mrs. Drablow’s estate alone is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl.

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Open Letters Monthly

Below average
Reviewed by Rohan Maitzen on Oct 21 2011

... the ghost story itself was not very good. The haunting may be well described, but it isn’t well motivated...

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Curious Book Fans

Excellent
Reviewed by collingwood21 on Mar 05 2012

It is the sort of reading matter that makes you quite glad that there is someone else in the house with you when you read it...left me feeling unsettled in a manner I rarely experience from books.

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The Readers Cafe

Below average
Reviewed by Amy on Mar 14 2012

It’s ok. Not great. Not bad. And it IS plenty creepy. But that’s about it.

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For Books' Sake

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Kiddle on Oct 31 2011

...it trickles tendrils of tension that gradually ensnare the reader in a gothic atmosphere thick with menace.

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The Yalsa Hub

Good
Reviewed by Audrey Sumser on Jan 05 2012

The story doesn’t get muddled in pretension... and the chills are enough to satisfy even the most skeptical reader.

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Nashville Public Library

Good
Reviewed by Beth on Dec 28 2011

This delivers exactly as promised–a chilling ghost story in the Victorian Gothic style, with excellent atmosphere and a great narrator.

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Helium

Excellent
Reviewed by Cindy Shanks on Nov 05 2011

Susan Hill provides the right amount of suspense, drip feeding information to a terrifying conclusion.

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Book Coasters

Good
Reviewed by Sam on May 24 2012

The story is really terrifying and the author does a brilliant job at describing the haunting scenes.

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