The Woman in Black Review

THE woman in black by susan hill, finished reading on 8th November 2012



“Arthur Kipps, a  junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. Unaware of the tragic secrets which lie there, weathered in fog and mystery, 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 reluctance of the locals to to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose. ”


Let me come to the point strait away –  Its spooky and scares the hell out of you by its subtle narration. Old European village set up, the emphasis given to the nature as a brutal and deciding force, Subtle and powerful narration – for me these factors make this book a little different from the cliché Ghost stories.

The story begins with a very homely and blissful set up. the protagonist is shown as enjoying the evening with family. A slight detachment from the air of love which surrounds the house is notable and you get to know why in the end. Its does not take long before he is plunged into his haunting past which he always wished to bury forever. Along with the protagonist, we also dive into the past with surging curiosity. A younger, reckless, fearless Arthur and his journey to Eel Marsh house is wonderfully described.   The end is a contrary to the homely start. It will leave you appalled for sure.

The back story of the ghost sounded lame. But substantiated with the sorrow of a derailed mind, the story does not strike you as odd while reading. The book does not contain any over the top Scare-you-to-death scenes, but with the nuances it hits the mark. (No wonder the movie has so many add on scenes appeal the audience. I watched the movie as well, Slightly different from the story line of the book. But over all, it is an average movie).

I will give a 3.5 to this book



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