The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black

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Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 14mm | 99.79g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099288478
  • 9780099288473
  • 13,615

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"No one chills the heart like Susan Hill" Daily Telegraph "An excellent ghost story... magnificently eerie... compulsive reading" Evening Standard "A rattling good yarn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine" Guardian "Heartstoppingly chilling" Daily Express "Terrifying... creepy classic" Daily Mail "Susan Hill is the reigning queen of ghost writers and her period a classic, broodingly creepy and at times terrifying" -- Michael Hogan Observer "Hill's haunting tales may be slim, but they pull no punches..." Harper's Bazaar "She writes with great power... Authentically chilling" Daily Telegraph "One of the strongest stories of supernatural horror...the work bursts into life and does not flag until the end" Washington Post "Irresistibly dramatic... Susan Hill has done the genre real honour" Chicago Tribune "It is bursting with classic Gothic horror motifs and Susan Hill is a master of atmospheric descriptions. She evokes so cleverly the decrepit Eel Marsh House, the mention of its name enough to make the locals pause, their faces darken in unspoken wariness... The Woman in Black gives a thrilling sense of unease and provides just the right level of things that go bump in the night for a spine-tingling good read." Khoollectshow more

About Susan Hill

Susan Hill's novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewellyn Rhys awards and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her books are set texts for GCSEs and A-levels. A Kind Man belongs to a genre that she has made her own: literary novellas which are short yet punchy, full of menace and feeling, and which include the critically acclaimed The Beacon and bestselling ghost stories The Woman in Black, The Man in the Picture and The Small Hand. She is also author of the Simon Serrailler crime series, and recently published a bestselling memoir of reading, Howard's End is on the Landing. Susan Hill lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing firm, Long Barn more

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"One of the strongest stories of supernatural horror...the work bursts into life and does not flag until the end"show more

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32,055 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 23% (7,277)
4 36% (11,523)
3 30% (9,598)
2 9% (2,952)
1 2% (705)

Our customer reviews

It's a great book! I found it hard to get into but I got into it on page 60 or so. It also started off slow which was dissapointing. I thought the movie that just came out was better. I rated it **** Because the start of it let me down and it could use a little more scare scenes but over all I highly recomend this book for lots of more
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