Mini-Review: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Tuesday May 1, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Vintage Books
Copyright: 1983
Published: January 3, 2012
Pages: 164
Form: Paperback
Find the Author: Susan Hill
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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.

My Thoughts:

I’m not quite sure what I expected out of this book but it was neither satisfying nor disappointing.  I have to say that I enjoyed the build-up of the story much more than the actual conclusion.

Once the story is outed, in conjunction with subsequent events, you can pretty much piece together what happened.  But the well timed creepiness and the eerie noises served well to create an agonizing suspense to this story.  I would have liked a deeper mystery and I wonder at the actions of the woman in black as she had never been seen out of the confines of her haunted dwelling before.

Overall it was a good, but with this book I enjoyed the journey far better than the destination.

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18 Responses to “Mini-Review: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill”

  1. I don’t I would like this one either, it doesn’t seem like my type of book. I get frusterated with books I don’t love, or dislike.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Me too Mrs. Q. This one could have been so much more than it was. It makes me wonder about the movie and how they interpreted it.

  2. sidne says:

    My style a woman in black. My favorite color too. The book cover is alright. I have book cover fever bad. if the title or book cover don’t hit me it stays on the shelf. this one would of grab my attention but it might of stayed on the shelf after reading your review. probably would of borrowed if from library. then again with so many others I want to read i probably would not have gotten to it.

  3. “I enjoyed the journey far better than the destination.” <– I don't know what it is about that line, but I love it! It sounds so wise and sure. LOL the only reason I know about this story is because the guy who plays Harry Potter plays the main guy in the movie!! x) (Even though I've never watched them, I still know that haha) It's too bad that this wasn't the mystery you wanted — with that storyline, it sounds like it has a lot of potential! Maybe this would be better to see as a movie than read as a book? =)

    Awesome honest mini-review, Jade! <3

    • Jade Jade says:

      I’m hoping the movie will be far more enjoyable and intricate than the book Mimi. I want to see it just because of Daniel Radcliffe.

  4. Molli says:

    Aren’t those books that you neither love nor hate just WEIRD? (And difficult to review.) This is one that I want to see the film, and then maybe I’ll be inspired to read the book. I’m glad you enjoyed it but it’s too bad it wasn’t awesome!

  5. I didn’t read the book, but I watched the movie and yeah, I have to agree. It was kind of meh.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Man I’m sorry to hear that. I gues my excitement for the movie can be put on hold. Guess I’ll wait til the play it on a movie channel.

  6. I’ve been wanting to give this one a try and I’m glad that you enjoyed it to some extent. It’s frustrating when a book that shows so much promise throughout is ruined with a less than satisfying conclusion.

  7. Brie says:

    I’m ashamed to say that I watched the movie and didn’t even know it was based on a book. But I can see why it was a bit meh for you. The movie was fine but is not that big of a deal and relies a lot on cheap scares and the story is predictable. I enjoyed it, but maybe I had higher expectations than deserved.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Actually Brie I think that’s what’s bothering me about it. Once he reads this letter, You can pretty much piece together the sounds and ghosts he’s seeing and why. I guess it was too predictable for me to enjoy it like I ought to have.

  8. I don’t think I have read a real scary story before. With ghost and all! Interesting. I didn’t know it was a movie. lol! I need to get out more.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Only reason I know is because of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). The actual build up is scarier and creepier than the sum total of the end.

  9. Probably too creepy for me. But I can appreciate a book where I enjoy the journey. The destination is pretty important to me though.