Saturday, 14 January 2012

The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Kindle edition)

If I buy books of a certain length for my Kindle, I can read the whole thing on my train journey to and from London which I do once a fortnight. I'd been wanting to read this book for a while.

Lovely, classic ghost story, with a wonderful build-up of tension. A young solicitor is sent to go through the papers of a deceased, reclusive woman, who lived in an isolated house on an island reached by causeway, in the middle of a marsh. At high tide the house is cut off. Despite warnings from the locals, the young man, of course, decides to spend the night there. All sorts of creepy things happen, all the better for most of them being only heard or felt rather than seen.

Very enjoyable book if you like something a bit creepy (though not macabre).


  1. Read this recently for a bookclub and though the writing was great, the creepiness wasn't as great as the hype I didn't think. slightly disappointed.

  2. I didn't feel disappointed by the book but agree it was not as scary as I'd imagined it would be. The film's out soon and will probably be terrifying!