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.
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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