The Woman in Black

The Woman in BlackAn Excellent Ghost Story Magnificently Eerie Compulsive Reading Evening Standard The Classic Ghost Story By Susan Hill A Chilling Tale About A Menacing Spectre 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 Psychologically Terrifying And Deliciously Eerie, The Woman In Black Is A Remarkable Thriller Of The First Rate. A man may be accused of cowardice for fleeing away from all manner of physical dangers but when things supernatural, insubstantial and inexplicable threaten not only his safety and well being but his sanity, his innermost soul, then retreat is not a sign of weakness but the most prudent course The young solicitor sent to Crythin Gifford to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased Mrs Alice Drablow is a man by the name of Arthur Kipps.The people of Crythin Gifford are like the people of most small towns, suspicious of strangers and unwilling to help or provide information to outsiders Kipps attends the funeral of Mrs Drablow and has his first encounter with a woman the locals call The Woman in Black She was dressed in the deepest black, in the style of full mourning that had rather gone out of fashion A bonnet style hat covered her head and shaded her face, but although I did not stare, even the swift glance I took of the woman showed me enough to recognize that she was suffering from some terrible wasting disease, for not only was she extremely pale, even than a contrast wit
A disappointment I kept hearing about how this was a real honest to god, old fashioned ghost story steeped in the tradition of James and James Henry and Montague Rhodes that delivered a frisson of genuine terror and some very fine writing as well Alas I didn t find any of this to be true.For starters, I didn t believe the narrator He is a man in his forties self described as unimaginative who years before suffered a scarring supernatural experience, yet he sounds for all the world like a timid watered down version of a young Bronte heroine or should I just say du Maurier heroine , sensitive to nature and hell bent on describing everything that comes along way, relevant or not The book is a pastiche of 19th century stylistic cliches, starting with a half hearted Pickwickian Christmas, moving quickly to a Bleak House inspired description of fog, and soon settling into page upon page of lengthy sentences resembling those of middle period Henry James, yet which unlike those of the master contain no fine distinctions of intellect or sensibility to justify their continual qualifying clauses The story itself, although not remarkable, could have been interesting The first sight of the spectre in the graveyard is chilling, and the subsequent scenes where the hero wanders alone in the fog, hearing horrors rather than seeing them, are undoubtedly effective But there is only enough material here for a 4,000 6,00
I said in another review that I m near impossible to scare because my parents were relaxed with horror movie censorship when I was a young kid I was oversaturated with horror from a young age and tend to find it laughable than spine tingling.However, this book may be the only exception I have found so far In recent years I have flat out avoided horror stories because they do nothing for me I can stomach Stephen King but only because his books tend to be about than the basic horror element For me to find this book, a book that is entirely a horror story, to be so enjoyable and so frightening is quite incredible.I don t need to tell you what it s about, you can read that in countless descriptions, but I do need to say just how much this scared me and had me sleeping with the light on all night and jumping up at every single creak and sigh The image of the woman stood in the marshes with her face wasting away is so vividly described that it was all I could p
A chilling, traditional ghost story, with a strong Victorian feel a lone lawyer goes to a spooky house on the marshes, plagued by stories of madness and death No great surprises, but shocking none the less It is skilfully written, so that most of the scary stuff happens in your head, rather than being explicit on the page NARRATOR Arthur Kipps, the main character and the narrator is very pragmatic and always tries to dismiss his fears and find a rational explanation, which serves to make his story believable and thus alarming All the way through, his greatest need is to uncover the truth, however unpalatable it may be However, it s not what he sees or hears that really scares him, but what he FEELS, and the power of the Woman in Black s emotion His feelings towards her change from concern through fear to anger However, despite his pragmatism, right at the beginning Kipps does have a strong conviction that a particular house is part of his destiny which implies some openness to the supernatural , and when he first arrives at the town he says he felt like a spectre at some cheerful feast.WEATHER IMAGERY
Rating Clarification 2.5 stars.Disappointing and predictable, this Gothic ghost story isn t a patch on the classics of the genre such as Henry James The Turn of the Screw The writing is uneven and the author fails to keep the suspense building often interspersing awkward boring moments between the tense scenes, which unfortunately were all too few Part of the problem with the tension was that it was all so predictable I didn t even feel the need to check the ending like I usually do In other words the suspense wasn t killing me Not that the actual story was at fault as such, it was that the author seemed to give away too much too soon and didn t manage to drip feed bits of the story to the reader in such a way to make it a compelling page turner I was also left with various questions at the end, some silly some not For instance, when was it set The writer appeared to be trying for a classic Victorian tone, but there were mentions of motor cars and electric lights My guess was Edwardian, but I can t be su
A very good ghost story with creepy sounds, a marsh with lots of fog and danger, and a haunting revengeful spirit I was all set to give this book a strong 3 stars until the last chapter s chilling, horrid surprise ending Now I can t wait to see the movie with Daniel R
You know, what I love about British ghost stories are that they are so understated, like everything else in the country They don t come bellowing and and dripping gory entrails they creep upon you, and whisper boo almost apologetically in your ear I think M R James started this trend, and all others seem to be following it.Susan Hill starts her novel, The Woman in Black , showing Arthur Kipps, an elderly lawyer and the first person narrator, having a quiet Christmas Eve with his family However, we are given a hint of the tragedy in Kipps life, when he casually mentions his status as a widower in his early twenties When his stepchildren ask him to narrate a ghost story, the normally sedate lawyer becomes extremely agitated and walks out because the children have touched a raw nerve For there is a very real ghost in Arthur Kipps past.As a young man, Arthur is sent to the market town of Crythin Gifford by his boss to attend the funeral of their client Mrs Alice Drablow and to sort out her papers, as she has no heirs Mrs Drablow lived at Eel Marsh, connected to the mainland by the Nine Lives Causeway and approachable only at low tide both sides of the causeway are bordered by the treacherous marsh Kipps thinks nothing of it until he finds that the locals at Crythin Gifford gives the house a long berth and refuse to discuss anything regarding its owner Thin
After finishing and loving The Silent CompanionsI really wanted to another gothic period style ghost story to creep me out and when The Woman In Black came up in in my recommendations feed I was excited about the novel after reading the book s blurb image What I heard next chilled and horrified me.The noise of the pony trap grew fainter and then stopped abruptly and away on the marsh was a curious draining, sucking, churning sound, which went on, together with the shrill neighing and whinnying of a horse in panic and then I heard another cry, a shout a terrified sobbingA short novel that really should have but didn t pack a punch, it had Most of the elements for the type of ghost story I normally am drawn to, the fog shrouded house set on the outskirts of a remote English Village where sightings here and there of a ghostly lady all dressed in bl
2.5 starsThe story starts with our main protagonist Arthur Kipps narrating his paranormal experience to his close family and friends The start of the book reminded me of The Turn of the Screw as this also starts with a similar narration pattern and both these stories revolve around an isolated house.But that is where the similarity ends.The setting of Eel Marsh House is spooky, it is foggy surrounded by marshes and the accessibility to the house is blocked during high tide.Arthur see s The Woman in
Wonderfully, spooky, tragic story The narrator does a frighteningly good job of conveying the absolute horror that young Arthur Kipp experiences when he travels on behalf of his legal firm to tie up the loose ends of a client who has died Eel House stands deserted and only accessible twice a day with the low tide He has no idea what he is going to find when he plans on staying

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  • Paperback
  • 164 pages
  • The Woman in Black
  • Susan Hill
  • English
  • 18 January 2018
  • 9780307950215