Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

The Woman In Black
By- Susan Hill
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: David R Godine (February 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1567921892

Arthur Kipps, a happy man, is enjoying a Victorian Christmas Eve with his family. As the lights are turned down and the family sits around the fireplace, someone suggests telling ghosts stories. Arthur refuses. The guests insist until Arthur storms out of the house into the snowy holiday night.

He does have a ghost story to tell, but one that he had rather forget. After his initial uneasiness subsides, he decides to write his story, and so it begins.

I had never heard of author, Susan Hill, before reading The Woman In Black, but must say this is a first class thriller that provides the chills we seek in a book of this genre. It provides enjoyable controlled horror without going over the top with intense repugnance.

The Woman In Black has been compared to The Haunting of Hill House by the great writer, Shirley Jackson.

Susan Hill, has also written, just to name a few:

The Man In The Picture

The Vows of Silence

The Mist In The Mirror


  1. Hmm, now that sounds like an interesting read! I'll have to add it to my list of books to check out!