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Jgrace | 2946 comments The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Woman in Black - Hill
Audio performance by Paul Ansdell (an excellent performance)
3.5 stars

It’s a ghost story. To be fair, it’s a well written ghost story. It has a suitably spooky setting in the mists and marshes of an isolated English moor. It takes place in the early 20th century, but that isn’t made terribly clear; it could easily have been the same story set any time in the 19th century.

Maybe, this just isn’t my genre. I was glad this was a short story, because even at only 138 pages, I was impatient for it to be over. I had a similar response to The Turn of the Screw. The protagonist, Arthur Kipps, seems like such a slow-witted twit. Everyone and everything is telling him that he is not in a safe place. WHY can’t he seem to get the message?
I know, I know, that would ruin the suspense. So,....definitely not my genre.


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Booknblues | 6218 comments Jgrace wrote: "The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Woman in Black - Hill
Audio performance by Paul Ansdell (an excellent performance)
3.5 stars

It’s a ghost story. To be fair, it’s a well written ghost sto..."


I was just whelmed, as Nicole R. says. I think a ghost story is hard to do well. If it is too scary, I don't want to read it, if it isn't scary enough what is the point.


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