PDF/EPUB Susan Hill Ý Ý The Woman in Black PDF/EPUB è The Woman PDF/EPUB ²

What real reader does not yearn somewhere in the recesses of his or her heart for a really literate first class thriller one that chills the body but warms the soul with plot perception and language at once astute and vivid? In other words a ghost story written by Jane Austen?Alas we cannot give you Austen but Susan Hill's remarkable Woman In Black comes as close as our era can provide Set on the obligatory English moor on an isolated causeway the story has as its hero Arthur Kipps an up and coming young solicitor who has come north from London to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of Mrs Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets sinister and terrifying than any nightmare the rocking chair in the deserted nursery the eerie sound of a pony and trap a child's scream in the fog and most dreadfully and for Kipps most tragically The Woman In Black The Woman In Black is both a brilliant exercise in atmosphere and controlled horror and a delicious spine tingler proof positive that this neglected genre the ghost story isn't dead after all


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    “A man may be accused of cowardice for fleeing away from all manner of physical dangers but when things supernatural insubstantial and inexplicable threaten not only his safety and well being but his sanity his innermost soul then retreat is not a sign of weakness but the most prudent course” The young solicitor sent to Crythin Gifford to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased Mrs Alice Drablow is a man by the name of Arthur KippsThe people of Crythin Gifford are like the people of most small towns suspicious of strangers and unwilling to help or provide information to outsiders Kipps attends the funeral of Mrs Drablow and has his first encounter with a woman the locals call The Woman in Black ”She was dressed in the deepest black in the style of full mourning that had rather gone out of fashion A bonnet style hat covered her head and shaded her face but although I did not stare even the swift glance I took of the woman showed me enough to recognize that she was suffering from some terrible wasting disease for not only was she extremely pale even than a contrast with the blackness of her garments could account for but the skin and it seemed only the thinnest layer of flesh was tautly stretched and strained across the bones so that it gleamed with a curious blue white sheen and her eyes seemed sunken back into her head”Not the typical mourner to show up to most funerals although I have a few great aunts that especially when seen in partial shadows give me the willies Kipps is curious but he has a job to do out at Eel Marsh House to sort through a lifetime of accumulated Drablow paperwork so he shrugs off the apparition and focuses back on his task Eel Marsh House once the tide comes in is cut off from the rest of civilization so Kipps has a choice to either stop early enough to leave before the tide comes in or decide to stay the night in the house He tries it both ways but decides that by staying over he will have time to finish the job efficiently He is a junior associate after all and still trying to impress his bosses He hears noises unexplainable noises that raise the hair on the back of his neck “Whatever was about whoever I had seen and heard rocking and who had passed me by just now whoever had opened the locked door was not 'real' No But what was 'real'? At that moment I began to doubt my own reality” I really liked the fact that Kipps reaches the conclusion that Eel Marsh House is haunted by a ghost He doesn’t try to convince himself that he is imagining things or that it has to be something other than a ghost He asks questions of the residents of the town but receives few answers He finds some letters at the house among the disorder of invoices and scraps of correspondence These letters start to fill in the gaps He soon realizes who the ghost is and why she is stillhere The Woman in Black as it turns out wants to share her pain The implications of this will haunt Arthur Kipps for the rest of his life I loved Susan Hill’s writing style While reading this book I felt some nostalgia for those Victorian ghost story writers such as Wilkie Collins and Sheridan Le Fanu The interesting part of the book is that even though it is of modest length the actual plot takes a while to develop While waiting to get to the juicy details Hill shares some beautiful descriptions of scenery and lays the groundwork for the story We are also introduced to a much older Kipps seemingly irrationally irritated by the extortions of his family to tell them a scary story He has only one scary story but it isn’t a fabrication of a writer’s wild imagination but a real event where tragedy begets tragedy Stephen Mallatratt adapted the novel to the play which became the second longest running play in West End history A movie adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe came out in 2012 There are reasonably significant changes to the plot in the movie version but I still enjoyed the experience It was my first time watching Radcliffe in a grown up role and it turned out to be a good choice of script for him If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at