Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! If I really thought about this review I could have saved the book until October and done like a spooky reading of it by candlelight but as it happens I’m impatient and wanted to read it straight away…
So, here is my review of The Woman in Black! Read in January 2020.
Overall rating – 3 stars out of 5.
Where to start… With the positives! The writing was excellent, with a book that is “horror” or “supernatural” the setting is a big part of what makes it a frightening read, and I think Susan Hill really captured that. I felt like we were inside the house and hearing Spider scratching at the door, or with the wind whipping outside while the mist rolled in upon us. It was really descriptive which set the supernatural theme.
I was properly shocked by the ending too, I did not expect that to happen and once it clicked in my head how it was going to end I had goosebumps all over.
That being said, I really wanted to be scared by this book, everyone had told me how chilling it was and how I shouldn’t read it alone or at night, but I just feel a bit let down on the horror front. Whilst the setting was creepy and eerie, the actual supernatural and horror element didn’t really shine through the writing.
I was most disappointed with the lack of expansion in terms of The Woman in Black who the book is written about.
It had promise, and the descriptive writing was excellent, however, it just wasn’t scary enough for me 😦