Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book Review : The Woman In Black - Susan Hill 8*

This is a splendid ghost story, written in a style that is reminiscent of Bram Stoker.  When a friendless spinster dies, a young lawyer is sent to pick over the details of her estate, what Arthur Kipps finds is a malevolent ghost intent on seeking revenge against innocents.

There is nothing in the way of underlying story or political / social intent here, this is just a fine gothic ghost story in which the protagonist does all the things you really shouldn't in a horror novel - go to the big old scary house alone ? Why not.  Sleep over at the scary house despite everyone warning you against it ? No problem. Opening the door without a lock ? It's obviously a very bad idea just don't do it mate. A good read, spooky and scary, Hill keeps up a good level of tension and fear throughout the book.

The Woman In Black is being remade this year by Hammer Films, the film will star Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps.  The previous film version of the novel starred Adrian Rawlins, the actor who plays Harry Potter's father.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this one, too. Hate modern horror stories with a passion, but love a good, old-fashioned gothic thriller.