The Woman in Black – Susan Hill

3 Feb

Started – 30/1/13

Finished – 1/2/13

Format – Kindle e-book


Challenges – Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge


Synopsis – Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.


My Thoughts – I read this book as part of the February Reading Circle and its a book that ive always wanted to read and having got the chance to i was very excited to read it.


This book is about Arthur Kipps a young man who is a junior solicitor and as part of his job role he has to attend the funeral of an eldery client and sort through her house to get her affairs in order. While attending the funeral he sees a mysterious woman in black and having mentioned this to various people in the town they react quite badly. Its not revealed until the end of the book why this is the case, but i did find this part of the book the most upsetting, that is the part with the children.


While trying to sort out all the paperwork Arthur decides that it would be better for him to stay overnight in the house to get things sorted quicker, this is when the creepy things start to happen.


I did really enjoy this book however i didnt find it at all creepy or scary which did surprise me. I dont like scary movies and have stayed away from the genre as i thought that it might scare me but having read this book i think i will read more.


I also liked how the book started off in the present and events happened in the past which proved that nothing bad happened to the narrator.


This book is good, quite short but i liked it all the same.


Rating – 4/5


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