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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
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Jan 29, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: ghosts-graves-and-hauntings
Read from January 28 to 29, 2012

The Woman In Black is a short ghost story, really more novella-lengthed than full-sized novel. Atmospheric and moody, it tells the tale of a young British lawyer sent to an isolated village to settle the affairs of a deceased client. He goes expecting nothing but paperwork and accounting; what he finds is a supernatural mystery, with an ominous woman in black who shows up in graveyards and carries with her an air of malevolence.

The book is full of descriptions of the landscape, the eerie mists that come out of nowhere, the bogs that surround the manor house, and the sounds that permeate the silent nights.

The mystery itself, however, is nothing that you won't figure out within a few chapters. The story is nicely told, but wasn't particularly surprising or new. I read this in anticipation of the film version coming out new month. I hope the movie packs more of a punch. The book's short length enabled me to finish reading it before boredom could set in.
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