Crazy Knitter Reviews

The place where this crazy knitter reviews books, TV, movies and recipes

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill - #8

A creepy little book. Arthur Kipps is a young London lawyer eager to make a name for himself. One day his boss sends him to a town in the English countryside to deal with a case. It seems that a client of the firm, Mrs. Drablow, has died and Arthur needs to take care of the estate. He is to attend the funeral and then go through all the paperwork at Mrs. Drablow's home, Eel Marsh House. While at the funeral he sees an emaciated young woman in black and begins to feel sorry for her. He is sure that she must be a friend or relative of Mrs. Drablow and asks one of his fellow mourners about her. The look on his face is enough to make Arthur's blood run cold. Everyone in town seems to be scared of Eel Marsh House but no one will tell him why. However, as he begins to spend time there he realizes that he is not alone. There are ghostly screams of a child, a rocking chair moving on its own and of course the woman in black. Now Arthur needs to complete the work at Ell Marsh House before he is scared out of his mind.

This was a very creepy book - especially reading it up north in the middle of the woods. The book is ilustrated which is interesting to see in a horror novel. A lot of reviews I have read compare this to The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and I would agree that it is in the same vein. I was wondering about many things of the book and those questions were not answered until the very end. I love it when a book keeps me guessing. If you like a good story this is a wonderful book for you to read.



Post a Comment

<< Home