|U.K. Edition 2011|
The plot is rather simple: A young lawyer, Arthur, is sent out from London to a small villiage to handle the post-mortem affairs of one of the firm's odder clients. When he arrives in the village he discovers that there is a bit more to the woman's affairs than he expected and soon encounters a vengeful spirit tied to a mystery more than 50 years old.
A few pages into the first chapter of Hill's masterpiece, I realized that I had seen the play many years previously at the Alley Theatre in Houston - without realizing that the script was based on a novel. I remember the play as being wonderfully atmospheric and spine-tingling and was certainly not dissapointed in the original story. Ms. Hill has a way of describing a scene while still allowing the reader to use their imagination:
Like the very best of gothic fiction, The Woman in Black is both mentally engaging and wonderfully dark. I was unable to put this novel down and finished in about a day. Highly recommended. This is one of my new favorites and I can't wait for the movie!
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