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The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story (Vintage) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Hill
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


Editorial Reviews

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"A rattling good yarn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine." --The Guardian

"Excellent. . . . magnificently eerie. . . . compulsive reading." --Evening Standard

"The most brilliantly effective spine chillder you will ever encounter." --The Daily Telegraph

"[A] highly efficient chiller. . . . Nerve shredding." --The Daily Express

About the Author

Susan Hill’s novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewellyn Rhys Prizes. Her novels include The Mist in the Mirror, the Simon Serallier crime series, and I’m the King of the Castle. She also wrote Mrs. de Winter, the sequel to Rebecca, and her ghost story The Woman in Black was adapted for the stage and has been running in London for over 21 years. She lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing company, Long Barn Books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1257 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307950212
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WKLK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT ghost story October 22, 2011
By AJ
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
No neat and tidy endings here, folks. Just strap yourselves in for a great ghost story, complete with nighttime hauntings galore. This is one of those stores that might keep you up at night, just envisioning everything again and again. The author does a great job of making the reader feel like he or she is there with this young attorney - suffering through the whole thing.

Enjoy! I'm now looking forward to the movie next year - shame they couldn't have released it around Halloween...
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Ghost Story January 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
'Yes, I had a story, a true story, a story of haunting and evil, fear and confusion, horror and tragedy.

Storyline

Arthur Kipps is a junior solicitor from London who has been asked by his employer to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow in Crythin Gifford. He must also visit her residence in order to collect any important paperwork that she may have been left behind. Arthur sees the woman in black at Mrs. Drablow's funeral and again at her residence at Eel Marsh House. She doesn't appear to be a malevolent spirit so Arthur doesn't worry too much and decides to spend the night at the house so that he can quickly finish his work and return to London. But that night, Arthur begins to hear unexplainable sounds and worries that he may have underestimated the woman in black.

'...piercing through the surface of my dreams, came the terrified whinnying of the pony and the crying and calling of that child over and over, while I stood, helpless in the mist, my feet held fast, my body pulled back, and while behind me, though I could not see, only sense her dark presence, hovered the woman.'

Thoughts
I quite enjoyed this quick little read and am glad I finally got around to reading it. I love ghost stories even though I tend to scare quite easily... and this book was no exception. The writing was beautiful and vividly creepy and definitely manages to get under your skin even though the real scary parts don't even start till the latter half of the book. The descriptions were spot on and the whole book is simply eerie even though, in thinking back to it, nothing real huge actually happens. The ghost doesn't come alive and smother him in his sleep or glue the windows shut or anything absurd like that.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtlety of Terror -Lyrically Beautiful Prose January 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the first page of this exciting novel I am reminded of the pleasure of reading good literature, of the sensory acclaim of a Charles Dickens or a Henry James. I relaxed into the narrative knowing I should be on edge, expecting the subsequent horrors, but Ms. Hill's writing is simply so superb that relaxing quickly became the order of the day. What a pleasure, also, to encounter a protagonist who suffers from a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder, which he acknowledges but of course has no way of putting a title to it.

I am so enjoying this book-similar to Henry James' The Turn of the Screw and Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood, even to Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White, the terror creeps up on us subtly, with silent little cat feet, and we don't know at first it is all around us until we look into the eyes of others, read their expressions, listen to the fluttering in their voices.

But before very long there is a shift of consciousness, subtly yes, even unpredictably, until we find ourselves standing on solid ground just as flimsy as that of Eel Marsh, to which our protagonist, at first a simple and ordinary solicitor in London, repairs on an errand set him by his employer. Out there not only is the weather unpredictable and the tides unalterable, but reality is shifting and mutable-and frightening. Nothing is what it seems-and what seems to be is-terrifying.

The Woman in Black is a novel both to be savoured, for its beauty and poignancy, but also to be raced through, as our hearts' rate speeds up in companionship with the narrator, and his ever-intensifying fear and uncertainty. Altogether a wonderful novel-to read and reread and ponder and enjoy.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunting of Eel Marsh House February 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
Having seen the recent movie version of The Woman in Black, I decided to reread the book and compare the two on certain points. The novel by Susan Hill is a classic English gothic ghost story, and it holds up very well without all the elements, such as the dying children and the menacing villagers, which were added to the screenplay. One of the advantages that the original version possesses is that the narration places the reader inside the mind of Arthur Kipps, the young solicitor who attempts to settle the estate of the recently deceased, reclusive mistress of Eel Marsh House. In the film, viewers are led to wonder what could possibly induce Arthur to return to the house after his first frightening experiences, but the reader can follow the reasoning process that brings him back. The language is appropriately period (very early 20th century British), and Author Hill very skilfully conjured up the perfect setting for her tale, a remote house on an island that is surrounded by the sea for half of each day, accessible only when the tide is at its lowest. In the finest tradition of the genre, the hauntings do not result in anything gruesome or gory, relying instead upon the psychological power of suggestion and small, unexplained perceptions.

I enjoyed the movie with Daniel Radcliff, and was so drawn into the book that I read it all (160 pages) in one sitting. They're both entertaining and worth experiencing, and not a little creepy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars dark, sad, and exciting
Engaging, beautifully written and haunting. Deliciously dark and sad and exciting. Never loses its sense of realism, despite the nature of the story.
Published 25 days ago by K. Duweck
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
i liked the plot and the twist at the end.it is a good ghost story book. i watched the play first then i bought the book because i enjoyed the play so much. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Malou Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle ghost story
A wonderful English ghost story that builds up into a crescendo with a slam bang ending that will have you gasping!
Published 2 months ago by Melinda E. Friedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written suspenseful ghost story
I started reading this book the other day (I picked it up because my interest was piqued after seeing the Daniel Radcliffe adaptation two years ago) and just finished it tonight. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was expecting a good ghost story. What I got instead was a short story. SPOILER ALERT. This man, Arthur, is sent to the countryside to take care of the estate of a Mrs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern novel written in a classic style... and NOT the movie
I bought this after seeing the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. I wanted to see what the director and scriptwriters had started with.

I was astonished. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aisling D'Art
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this story!
A truly creepy story! I saw the play years ago and always wanted to read the book...The movie is fabulous! Read more
Published 2 months ago by MollyA
4.0 out of 5 stars a truly scary ghost story
I'm at a loss for words. All I can say is, if you like scary stories or horror movies, you need to read this.
Published 3 months ago by kspoonts
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I really enjoyed this book and it was different from the new movie, but overall this book was filled with mystery and suspense and I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Sanchez
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic visit to Gothic literature
Ms. Hill aptly captures the mood and presence of the Gothic style. The story is compelling and well-told--a hauntingly fun read.
Published 3 months ago by Cynthia Chappell
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