The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/08/1998
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The Woman in Black
A classic.
Classic ghost story, that is what comes to my mind when thinking of The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I’ve seen the movie adaptation with Daniel Radcliffe ... READ MORE
Chloe at Leicester
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Creepy and atmospheric
The Woman in Black has always been a book that has been floating around my head as a book to read, talked about, mentioned when a good ghost story was requ... READ MORE
Big Bearded Bookseller
The Woman in Black
Who’s Stephen King next to Susan Hill?
Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, is summoned to a remote village to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow, a client of the firm he works for. Arthur dec... READ MORE
Rebecca Ramires


Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows.

The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose.

Yorkshire-born writer Susan Hill’s writing career has been as wide-ranging as it has been phenomenally successful, encompassing literary fiction, crime novels, plays, ghost stories, children’s books and memoirs.

As well as being one of the world’s bestselling novelists, her work has attracted extensive critical acclaim having won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys awards, as well as having been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099288473
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 149g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 12 mm

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The Woman in Black
Goose bumps...
I don't know if it was because of the hype of the book, or Susan Hill's atmospheric descriptions, but The Woman in Black was giving me goosebumps from the ... READ MORE
The Woman in Black
Unnerving, but in the best possible sense!
A resolute and determined Arthur Kipp has his sanity severely tested in this genuinely unnerving ghost story. As the mystery of the woman in black slowly u... READ MORE
Leilah at Doncaster
The Woman in Black
I read this book before I went to see the new film and was disappointed how different the film is. I would definitely say that the book is better. It's not... READ MORE
The Woman in Black
Susan Hill tells a brilliantly chilling tale in 'The Woman in Black'. Beginning with characters telling ghost stories it is left up to a one Mr Arthur Kipp... READ MORE
Michael Phillips
The Woman in Black
I thought the storyline was poor and was relieved the book was a fairly short one. Mists and tides isolating you on an island is a bit cliched. Will not be... READ MORE
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Seriously lacking
Although the writing is detailed and marvelled. The book was lacking in everyday possible, I was neither scared nor shocked and found myself dreading the t... READ MORE
nellie johnson
The Woman in Black
Compelling ghost story
This is a book that I tried a few years ago and couldn't really get into. However, as I'm going to see the play next week I thought I would give it another... READ MORE
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A Strange Tale of a Lonely HouseMy first experience of The Woman in Black was at the age of 12. It was Christmas Eve, and there was an adaptation of the st... READ MORE
Nolene Dougan
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I saw the film of the book first, which I enjoyed immensely (it is truly terrifying), however, the film is very different from the book with a totally diff... READ MORE
Nocturnal bibliophile
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In a word * scary * loved it, and would have given 5* but thought it a little short ..will buy some more by Susan Hill ....
Dawn Gibson
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Despite reviews, I personally found this book hard to get into, although it was interesting in the end. To me, the best bit about the entire book was the d... READ MORE
Mel H
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I read this many years ago and it puts me in mind of the same type of genre as The Turn of the Screw,definitely to be read on a cold,dark, winters night wi... READ MORE
The Woman in Black
Fantastic little 'gem' of a book.
This little book was recommended to me be a retail assistant at Waterstones Hereford. And my She sold it well, saying it was gut wrenching in parts, chilli... READ MORE
The Woman in Black
Now this is a scary book and being Susan Hill is of course well written. I've read and re read this book several times and always enjoyed it despite knowin... READ MORE
Pamela Brader
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A slight disappointment
I went into reading this novel with high hopes, and maybe I should not have done, because it did not live up to the expectations I had of it. It has it's m... READ MORE
Katherine Hastings
The Woman in Black
So so so good!
The suspense that builds up throughout the book is immense and makes sure you never put it down. Despite how short the actual book is, it’s a great story c... READ MORE
The Woman in Black
Can’t get into it
I tried getting into it this book but I couldn’t it maybe it is Good game story but not for me
Freya Bradley
The Woman in Black
This book although is very short it is terrifying gave me goosebumps reading it I just couldn't put it down read it in a day and then slept with the light ... READ MORE
Nicholas Layton
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so good!!!
this was an interesting read, i loved the suspense… i had goosebumps!
Alice :)
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Hauntingly good
Some say this is the greatest ghost story ever written. As something of a connoisseur, and inhabitant of a haunted house, I agree. Hill is an accomplishe... READ MORE
Abi Chippindale
The Woman in Black
Sad not scary
⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Woman in Black is a 1983 gothic horror about the experiences of Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor who had the task of clearing out the personal ... READ MORE
The Woman in Black
Slow and dull
Personally this wasn’t for me after coming highly recommended. Slow paced, not-a-lot of character building or events throughout. A quick read though.
Jess Savory
The Woman in Black
Love it
Love this book and the film. Love the aesthetic.
Laura JH