The Woman In Black
by Susan Hill
Summary: A classic ghost story:
the chilling tale of a menacing specter 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.
Review: I gave this a 4 out of 5.
It was a short read, but extremely detailed from Arthur's point of view. I kept seeing previews for the movie on television. It looked pretty interesting and I planned on seeing it, until I found out it was a book. To keep true to my pledge to read a book before I see its movie, I decided to pick this up at the bookstore.
It didn't disappoint. While it started off relatively slow, I enjoyed Arthur and his thoughts and the way he viewed the world and how sensible he was. I believe this story is truly the way a sensible person would go about organizing his thoughts and recalling a past story. I forgave this book for being a bit slow. I also think perhaps it was a tad predictable, but I haven't read any ghost story that wasn't predictable to some degree, and it didn't prevent me from enjoying the story.
This book also completes category 10 of the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012:
- Literary Fiction
- Crime/Mystery Fiction
- Romantic Fiction
- Historical Fiction
- Young Adult
- Non Fiction
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