Review: The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you enjoy a good, old-fashioned ghost story, with just the right amount of creepiness, then Susan Hill’s “The Woman in Black” is the book for you. It is a relatively short novel but it packs a wallop because it has it all. Set on the English coast in a bygone day when horse and buggy were still a common mode of transportation, the environs of the marsh at the edge of the estuary are wonderfully bleak and fertile ground for the disturbing events that take place at Eel Marsh House, which is where the protagonist, Arthur, must spend his time. The prose is beautifully written and suited to the time period with its long and lyrical cadence. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a gothic, atmospheric tale of a haunting that may call to mind certain works from Emily Bronte and the like. Wonderfully spooky.

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