The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In an age (the 80's) when horror was at its peak and ravening monsters of supernatural and human types ravaged the bookstores, Susan Hill decided to write a Victorian ghost story using modern sensibilities but the distinctive flair of the classics.
Since then, it's enjoyed modest popularity and I don't doubt why. It's simple and direct. It tugs at the heartstrings, from sympathy and shared horror to the mystery and even the heartwarming companionship of a plucky dog on the moor during the darkest hours.
And then there's the expected and satisfying twist at the end that is the core of all classic ghost stories.
I really don't have any complaints because it was amusing and craftily wrought, but make no mistakes... there's nothing new under this sun. Expect all the classic tropes performed magically well.
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