Published by Blackstone Audio Inc., Vintage on October 18th 2011
"An excellent ghost story... magnificently eerie... compulsive reading." —Evening Standard The classic ghost story by Susan Hill: a chilling tale about a menacing spectre haunting a small English town. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford—a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway—to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow’s house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images—a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black. Psychologically terrifying and deliciously eerie, The Woman in Black is a remarkable thriller of the first rate.
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Okay . . . one more ghost story before we leave the genre behind for a while. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill makes no bones (😉) about being anything other than a ghost story. Unlike last week’s offering, this one lets listeners know in the title that there will be other-worldly beings floating about. The story begins years after the ghostly events have taken place as Arthur Kipps, a retired solicitor, reflects on a brief period of time that changed his life forever. As a rising star in his law firm and a man who is looking forward to a bright future professionally and personally, Arthur has no inkling of what lies in store for him when he accepts a routine assignment to settle the estate of a recently deceased client. While attending the funeral of the late Mrs. Alice Drablow, he observes a very unusual mourner at the graveside . . . a woman dressed all in black whose appearance is that of a person suffering from a terrible wasting disease. As if the woman’s unsettling appearance isn’t enough, Arthur quickly discovers that he is the only one who claims to see the woman. From that point, he is bombarded with a sequence of unearthly events that would drive anyone to the breaking point. An adorable dog named Spider helps Arthur maintain his sanity and will keep you from being totally weirded out. As things escalate, Arthur learns that Mrs. Drablow’s home, Eel Marsh House, holds many secrets. The only question that remains is whether he can escape the spell of the house or if he will become another victim of its curse?
Paul Ansdell does an excellent job of narrating The Woman in Black. There are parts of the book that are scary and creepy and he performs them with just the right voices to make you want to listen to this one during daylight hours!
I highly recommend The Woman in Black to anyone who loves a good ghost story! It reminded me so much of slumber parties when I was a child and we used to hide under the covers and tell outlandish tales to try to scare ourselves to death. I am promising you relief from ghost stories with next weeks review although the book will be no less creepy. It is the book that began my lifelong love of romantic suspense and it may surprise you how much it has in common with Hell House and The Woman in Black.