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The Small Hand (The Susan Hill Collection) Kindle Edition
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From the author of The Woman in Black, this is a cosy British mystery/Supernatural to which the reader can settle in like curling into a padded armchair under an afghan in front of a roaring fire on a wintry, snow-filled night. Ms. Hill has such a talent for writing that she conjures literary fiction and makes me love it. This book is totally re-readable (and I will reread it). Unlike The Woman in Black, I'm not racing through this one-instead, I'm savouring it as I would a walk through an extensive, quiet garden (which occurs several times within this book, very importantly). Also in contrast to The Woman in Black, the Supernatural here is not "rat-a-tat-tat," not continuous nor even frequent; but rather it is rhythmic, so that the protagonist (and the reader) pass from light into shade into light into shade, from calm into fright into peacefulness into fear, so that the narrator (and the reader) are lulled into bewildered acceptance of the haunting, wanting to press on but yet afraid to do so for fear of what might be revealed.
After one particular night Adam Snow finds himself journeying through the downs on his commute back to the hustle and bustle of London, only to then discover himself truly lost. Eventually he comes upon a house that has a sign up saying `garden closed' and then decides being a rather conspicuous house, to go in and ask for directions. However all is not as it seems when he comes upon the derelict house, for when he then turns around to return to the car a presence is lurking within the shadows and a small hand clutches hold of him.
This story certainly takes the imagination on quite a journey as this `small hand' is something not visible and yet to the protagonist is something very real and definitely present.Read more ›
He never had mental problems before. But his older brother Hugo has. Adam tells him about his recent experiences and also tries to learn more about the history of the ruined mansion and park, which was once known as the White House. The outcomes are for readers to enjoy.
Have some doubts about the genre and this little book. Because "The Small Hand" evokes so many clichés from a long tradition of ghost stories and Gothic novels. Such as losing one's way, heavy thunderstorms, ruins and eerie, overgrown gardens, sudden silences, and whether a person or an event is for real. And how it affects the main characters' sanity. Of course, the ending is not happy, but it provides some answers. Pretty entertaining. Should be read more than once.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hill continues to pursue the genre of gothic horror with good effect. Narration is consistent and the voice quite strong. Red herrings and mystery. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth Anne Fritz
Well written and beautifully intricate story. Leaves you with the perfect amount of mystery!Published 6 months ago by Kiah Nagasaka
Interesting style and a few surprises. I have enjoyed other books by this author and this one was just as godPublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Amazing! I could'n put this book down. Here is a lesson to be learnt. Trust your instincts and follow them. Don't lie.
I quite liked this Susan Hill story, was scary in parts but actually quite touching. Great twist at the end too. Only disappointment was it was not long enough.Published on March 8, 2014 by kylie brooke mcvicar
There were no actual "scares" in this ghost story, but I got so worked up anticipating one that the tension while I was reading this tiny book was the same as if it was a... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Sarah Frost
The story isn't so much scary as it is haunting and eerie. It was a great read that will linger in your head when you finish. I highly recommend it.Published on September 27, 2013 by Kim