The Mist in the Mirror: A Ghost Story

The Mist in the Mirror: A Ghost Story

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by Susan Hill
     
 

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A classic ghost story, by the author of The Woman in Black.
     One dark and rainy night, Sir James Monmouth returns to London after years spent travelling alone.
     Intent on uncovering the secrets of his childhood hero, the mysterious Conrad Vane, he begins to investigate Vane's life, but he

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A classic ghost story, by the author of The Woman in Black.
     One dark and rainy night, Sir James Monmouth returns to London after years spent travelling alone.
     Intent on uncovering the secrets of his childhood hero, the mysterious Conrad Vane, he begins to investigate Vane's life, but he finds himself warned off at every turn. 
     Before long he realises he is being followed too. A pale, thin boy is haunting his every step but every time he tries to confront the boy he disappears. And what of the chilling scream and desperate sobbing only he can hear? 
     His quest leads him eventually to the old lady of Kittiscar Hall, where he discovers something far more terrible at work than he could ever have imagined.

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From the Publisher
   • "If sometimes you find yourself in a secondhand bookshop fingering the spines of forgotten 19th century novels looking for ghouls and murder and vice, halt your search: for in a Susan Hill there are enough graveyards in which to lose yourself entirely." —Daily Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582253995
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Longman Literature Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN HILL has been a writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Somerset Maugham; and have been shortlisted for the Booker. Her novels include The Woman in Black, Strange Meeting, I'm the King of the Castle and A Kind Man; and she has published autobiographical works as well as collections of short stories. She is also the author of the bestselling Simon Serrailler cases. The play of her ghost story The Woman in Blackhas been running in London's West End since 1988 and has also been made into a successful film. She is married with two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.

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Mist in the Mirror 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 3.5/5 I'm a dedicated fan of Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler detective series. but it was only on looking at the author's website that I realized she was the author of The Woman in Black - a classic ghost tale that has been made into a stage play (opened in 1989 and is still running) as well as a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. Vintage Books has been re-releasing some of these earlier works. Last year, I enjoyed The Small Hand and Dolly. The latest reissue is The Mist in the Mirror. Sir James Monmouth is an aged member of a gentleman's club in London. After a night's discussion of ghosts by some members, Sir James passes a young member "an account of certain - events." The events are from Monmouth's life. After travelling the world for many years, following the footsteps of an explorer named Vane, Sir James decides to head back to England. He proposes to write a book about Vane. But almost immediately on his arrival, he begins seeing a young boy - a boy no one else sees. And everywhere he turns, he is warned against pursuing his book..... The reader of Monmouth's story "intended to read for an hour at most, expecting drowsiness to overtake me again, but I became so engrossed in the story that unfolded before me that I rapidly forgot all thought of the time, or my present surroundings." As did this reader. Hill writes the most delicious stories - atmospheric with slow building tension that increases with every page turned. And all accomplished without overt gore and violence. Just wonderfully wrought words that slowly build time, place and tension with every page. Dusty libraries, forgotten rooms, glimpses of things from the corner of one's eye, suspicious townsfolk and more..... Novella sized at 224 pages, The Mist in the Mirror was a good read for a snowy winter's night.
bookwormSF More than 1 year ago
I don't know how this got published.  One of the most frustrating disappointing book i have ever read.  It i absolutely pointless, has huge gaps in the plot and makes no sense. Way too many questions left unanswered.  It is ha been two days since i finished it and i am still angry i wasted my time on this. This really isn't a story but choppy musings that barely scratch the surface of a plot.
MRJames 7 months ago
The only work of Ms. Hill's I had read previously was the Woman in Black. I found The Mist in the Mirror to be interesting. Ms. Hill's style makes for evocative and easy reading. Having said that, I was frustrated with the rather abrupt ending. It gives one the sense that somehow she was interrupted or lost interest and ended the story as best she could. I would not recommend anyone purchase this simply because I consider it an unfinished tale.
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gingersaurusrex More than 1 year ago
Susan Hill is the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an amazing book, a must read