Book review – The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story


CW: murder and deaths of children

Years ago, I watched the movie. I dragged my mom to the movie theater to watch it. There was one jump scare that got us, but after that nothing. A slow movie with a good story, and an ending that actually made me start crying my eyes out. I’m not joking. To this day, I don’t completely understand why I burst into tears, but I did.

After watching the movie, I read the book. I thought it was pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

Then, I was really in the mood for something creepy in late-February. I decided to give this one a try again since I enjoyed it but didn’t remember much about it.

It’s really not a scary book. I think the first half of the book is very creepy, though. Maybe that was because I was reading it at night with the soundtrack from the movie playing in the background, but it creeped me out. The second half, not so much. That’s more when discoveries get made and the plot starts moving.

In this, I think I like the plot from the movie better. I found Daniel Radcliffe’s Arthur Kipps far more compelling. The movie also had a better ending, I think. In this, it ends very abruptly and on a depressing note. The movie is depressing, but it’s a lot more hopeful at the same time.

Either way, this is good for when you’re in the mood for a horror book where there isn’t a lot of horrifying stuff but a ton of creepy ambiance. Other than that, it’s a pretty average book with an average story.

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