The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

About the book

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 purpose.

Reviewed by Cowdray Reading Group:

The whole group enjoyed this book although two found the ending predictable. All said it was compulsive reading with atmospheric descriptions.

Star rating: ****

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3 thoughts on “The Woman in Black by Susan Hill”

  1. Review by The Benches Reading Group:
    Atmospheric but not scary. Skillfully written with an eye for detail, especially the pea-souper fog, house on marshland. The low key narrative of the tale makes the horror more plausible
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Kings Somborne Reading Group:
    This is a well written book which we enjoyed. The character of Arthur was interesting, but we did not know why the ghost targeted his child. Good use of genre devices. Chilling ending.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by The Tuesday Crew Reading Group:
    An atmospheric story full of tension. Extremely descriptive characterisation and an excellent tale you will want to read to the end. Scary!
    Star rating: ****

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