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Woman in Black
     

Woman in Black

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by Susan Hill
 

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Set in Victorian England, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House

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Set in Victorian England, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again, plus he also hears the terrifying sounds of adult and child passengers sinking into the quicksand on a pony and trap.

Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil hi professional duty.It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Rescued by Mr Daily, a friend he met on the train, Kipps discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with tragedy, with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099563044
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2011

Meet the Author

Writer, journalist and novelist Susan Elizabeth Hill was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1942. For part of her education she attended a grammar school in Coventry before studying English at King’s College, University London. By then, she had written her first novel, The Enclosure (1961), in the evenings and at weekends, and it was accepted by a publisher while she was in the 6th Form, and published just as she arrived at King's.

On gaining her degree in 1963, Susan became book review editor for the Coventry Evening Telegraph. After five years in this post she turned to writing full-time.

Gentlemen and Ladies was published in 1968 and this was followed in quick succession by A Change For the Better, I’m the King of the Castle, The Albatross, Strange Meeting, The Bird of Night, A Bit of Singing and Dancing and In the Springtime of the Year all written and published between 1968 and 1974.

Susan married in 1975 and moved to Stratford upon Avon. Her daughter, Jessica, was born in 1977, followed by a premature daughter Imogen in 1984 who died 5 weeks later. After a period of grieving her creative output continued, particularly in non-fiction and plays for radio. She began writing novels again in the early 1980's, with the successful The Woman in Black (1983), a ghost story, which has achieved great success on the stage, then went on to publish Air and Angels (1991), The Mist in the Mirror (1992), Mrs de Winter (1993) and The Service of Cloud (1997).

Susan now lives in a farmhouse set in 50 acres of the North Cotswold countryside.

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The Woman in Black 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 294 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The release of the movie made me search out the book. I dislike horror stories, but love a mystery and suspense story. This book met and exceded mt expectations! I highly recomend it! Great fast enjoyable read!
librarysusie More than 1 year ago
This was a good spooky ghost story not gory but psychologically suspenseful. Arthur Kripps is given the task of going through the papers of a woman he has never met her, but his firm is handling her affairs after her death. What Arthur finds in the town and house is something that will stay with him for the rest of his life. This book was written very well with just the right amount of suspense and trepidation, as events happen to Arthur I found myself with butterflies in my stomach and was glad no one came up behind me while I was reading. I liked that the author made you feel the darkness, smell the marshes, and hear the sounds and that's what's great about this book it has great atmosphere and does a good job at pulling you in. If you are a fan of Victorian ghost stories I highly recommend this book this will be a book I will recommend to anyone who likes ghost stories that are suspenseful without any blood & gore. This was my first book by Susan Hill and after her descriptive writing in this book I will try others by her. 4 Stars
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
Great Book. enjoyed it. I was very entertained
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this before the film was released and I'm happy I did. I would NOT reccomend this book if you're looking for the big "BOO" moment. However, in all honesty, no other novel has ever…unnerved…and chilled me more than "The Woman in Black". Susan Hill's precise descriptions leave you just as uncomfortable as you would be had there been a big surprise scare. Her careful suspense building peaks a certain discomfort in you that makes you almost nervous to turn the page, and the resulting, seemingly small reveal turns out to chill you more than you would have imagined. This novel is definitely one that will make you look over your shoulder should you read it in the dark! I'm very interested to follow more of Hill's work.
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
I love horror. It was a Great Book with great story line.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely well written with a well thought-out storyline. I found it very scary in some places and also frighteningly realistic. The theatre prodution which is showing in Covent Garden is also superb.
Jennifer24 More than 1 year ago
The descriptions of the town and house are superb. The plot is a little slow, but it's still creepy. A quick and enjoyable read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good it keeps you guessing until the very end. It is a bit old but it would be great if it was more modern. Worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wondeerful book. Good movie to. Saw the movie with my friend and it was amazing! I recommend this to horror lovers! Amy 13 yrs old
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great, not all that scary, but a good read. And for people wondering, it is age appropiet. I'm only 13 and I wasn't scared during this book. The movie is very different from the book. The movie is exagerated. The book will keep you anxious, but not scared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I invisioned Daniel R in the role, this book was very well done and just when you thought the character was out of harms way... well.... read and see!
Reader4LifeAM More than 1 year ago
While the setting isn't modern, that is what makes this all the more wonderful. It's different from the modern day ghost story. You can never tell what's going to happen next. It may not be full-blown horror but it still delivers that creepy feeling causing you to glance around occasionally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately a book to keep you up in the night hours. Spooky enough to give you the creeps, old English style writing, a nice classic. I enjoyed this. Have read scarier but worth the time and money. If you are looking for a quick one nighter with creep factor I recommend this one. This was perfect for tonights stormy weather.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book I bought on my new nook and I never put it down. Kept me wanting to know more buy it you wont regret it. I read it in less than 24 hours it was so good and everytime i guessed one thing would happen it didnt kept you wondering till the end! GREAT BOOK
calebbo More than 1 year ago
Susan Hill's "The Woman In Black" is an excellent read. This was my first experience reading one of Hill's novels, but after reading the Woman In Black, I am excited to give her "Simon Serrailler" series a shot. My Overview: A young solicitor by the name of Arthur Kipps is sent to the small english town of Crythin Gifford to settle the affairs of Mrs. Alice Drablow. What Kipps doesn't know is the disturbing secret that lye on the other side of Nine Lives Causeway. Kipps experiences some quite frightening moments on and around Eel Marsh House, which includes the sight of the mysterious Woman in Black, a child's cry in the marsh, and a eerie nursery with a slow-moving rocking chair. Find out what happens in Susan Hill's "The Woman in Black."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first scary novel and I have to say that while I wasn't scared, I did become freaked out. I found myself noticing my heart beating faster and I did have to turn lights on at some points. The ending is the "scariest" part and I am excited to see the upcoming motion feature.
sherrmit More than 1 year ago
Very spooky. It gave me chills when I finished the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is intriguing and has a lot of room for more scariness. The subsequently developed stage production was quite scary. The development of the level of terror felt by the main character never seemed to jump off the page.
hpfan28 More than 1 year ago
This story truly is the classic ghost story! The Woman in Black is one of the creepiest characters I have encountered before. The story begins when Arthur Kipps is at his home and his stepchildren are telling ghost stories. So he then decides that it is time to exorcist his own demon and write down what happened to him with his real encounter with the ghost of The Woman in Black. The story has a dark and dreary atmosphere. Something that struck me as something notable is once the tide goes up on the causeway you are basically trapped trapped at Eel Marsh House. Overall this is a vary well written story and I really enjoyed reading it.
JoyHoll More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie first so wanted to read the book. A great fast read. Very suspenseful. I love spooky stories but not ones that are gory. This one was great! I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great ghost story in the traditional sense. The author did a great job of not going for cheap thrills, but kept me tense and on the edge of my seat with great build up.
Elle_Wilvee More than 1 year ago
A quick read, finished in one sitting. Not the scariest ghost story ever, but still very entertaining. I love the Gothic style, so this was perfect for me!
HeatherMVA More than 1 year ago
You know it's a good ghost story when you look over your shoulder constantly as you walk through dark rooms and jump at mysterious sounds in your house. This one will stay with you for a while. Great suspenseful read, and a well developed tale. It will keep you up at night but it thrills you as a good ghost story should.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really glad that I read the book before I saw the movie because it definitely made it even creepier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!!!!!!! It is just alittle slow......