The Woman in Black
By Susan Hill
Arthur Kipps is sent by the lawyer he is studying under to attend to the affairs of a recently deceased client. While in the frigid, marshy town of Crythin Gifford he attends the client's funeral Kipps spies a woman in black lingering on the peripherals of the lonely service. Any time he attempts to discuss the sighting with others he is met with silence. He dares to spend a night in the house of the client and encounters bizarre sounds, haunting images in the early hours, and chilling screams of a young child. The woman in black means something but no one is forthcoming with information so Kipps must find out for himself.
Hill comes forth with a lot of excellent writing in this novella. However, if you're looking for a chilling book then this is not what you'll want to read. I totally gasped at some points and really, she's a good writer, but as a horror/mystery story it fell through in a lot of places.
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