The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black

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'Heartstoppingly chilling' Daily Express

As The Woman in Black celebrates thirty years on stage, discover the truly terrifying classic English ghost story behind the play.

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. 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.

'No one chills the heart like Susan Hill' Daily Telegraph
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 149g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099288478
  • 9780099288473
  • 2,799

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Hill’s haunting tales may be slim, but they pull no punches…
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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. * Khoollect * This spine-tingling novel... will certainly keep your nerves jangling * Woman's Weekly *
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About Susan Hill

Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and a Somerset Maugham, and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I'm the King of the Castle, In the Springtime of the Year and A Kind Man. She has also published autobiographical works and collections of short stories as well as the Simon Serrailler series of crime novels. The play of her ghost story The Woman in Black has been running in London's West End since 1988. She has two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.
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50,805 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 24% (12,149)
4 37% (18,831)
3 29% (14,725)
2 8% (4,130)
1 2% (970)

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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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