The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Historical Fiction, Classic, Horror
David R. Godine Publisher | December 1, 2001
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 more 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 was kind of strange at first. I had a hard time understanding it in the beginning but then I started to catch on. It was also kind of difficult to figure out what time period the story was taking place. I can’t say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but there were definitely some moments that had me intrigued. It’s like one minute I would think out not finishing the book, and then the next minute I would be pulled back in. I remember half-watching the movie based on this book a while back, but I don’t remember much, and even if I did, I probably would have been confused haven’t read the book.
I read this book mainly because I need to finish my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge and I needed something short and Halloween-ish. Yes, I know it’s a stretch because the story doesn’t take place on Halloween or is about Halloween, but it has ghosts! That has to count for something right? I’ll do better next year (I hope).