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The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story | Susan Hill
The classic ghost story by Susan Hill: a chilling tale about a menacing spectre haunting a small English town. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifforda faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causewayto attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablows house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and imagesa rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a childs scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black. Psychologically terrifying and deliciously eerie, The Woman in Black is a remarkable thriller of the first rate.
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wildwoodreads
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I have to say I was hesitant to pick up The Woman in Black because so many people compared it to The Haunting of Hill House, which I didn‘t love. But The Woman in Black is really good. Susan Hill‘s writing style is perfect for a horror novel. There was always this foreboding feeling hanging around. And the unexpected ending took if from a four star read to a five star read.

https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/10/28/the-woman-in-black-review/

RaeLovesToRead Watched the film alone in a dark flat... never again!!! 😱😱😱😱 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 💜🖤 1mo
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persephone1408
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#falltreasures @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Day 15: face on cover
The Woman in Black 🖤

Eggs Well done 👍🏼 2mo
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AFrostCauseReads
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This was a fun little gothic story that felt very much like a combination of The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House.

It was written in 1983, but feels like something something straight out of the Victorian era. From its language, setting, framing, motifs, tropes -everything- felt like a modern study on the Victorian gothic. There wasn‘t anything too scary, but the part that put a dog in danger had me grabbing my arm-rest!

AFrostCauseReads @TheAromaofBooks this was my #doublespin pick for April! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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NatalieR
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I loved how this story began; a Victorian Christmas Eve around a fire telling ghost stories. Enjoyable story of a young attorney who travels to a small village to handle the estate of an elderly woman who recently passed. Best of all, he borrows a new friend‘s dog for company while he stays in the creepy mansion to sort through papers. The book is better than the movie. 😉🎥 #MountTBR

LeahBergen I love this book (and what a fantastic nutcracker table)! 11mo
RaeLovesToRead I watched this film alone this week for the first time... it was... an error 😂😂😂😂 so creepy!!! 11mo
mrp27 Lovely table setting! 11mo
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Gissy Love your table decorations! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty ❤️💚 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I have this in the TBR - may need to read this next! 11mo
NatalieR @LeahBergen I loved it too! Thanks so much! 11mo
NatalieR @RaeLovesToRead So creepy! 👻I definitely wouldn‘t have recommended to watch this one alone! 😂 11mo
NatalieR @mrp27 @Gissy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! I love nutcrackers! ❤️ 11mo
NatalieR @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I hope you enjoy it! 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Started this today! Perfect time of year for a good ghost story! 11mo
NatalieR @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yay! I hope you enjoy! 🪵🔥👻🎄 11mo
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Blueberry
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This was a good spooky not long read for October.

LeahBergen I love this book. 🖤 13mo
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AnansiGirl
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Attempts were made to stretch, move around, and get fed. We both failed at being upright with Pistachio going back to sleep and I to my ebook.

Tagged book is finished for day 1 of #24B4Monday! Since my print books are impossible to reach for I‘ll be looking over my tablet apps for something else.

@jb72 @Andrew65 @SumisBooks

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 13mo
jb72 So cute! 13mo
AnansiGirl @Andrew65 thank you! 13mo
AnansiGirl @jb72 some days I think he knows how cute he is 😹 13mo
jb72 @AnansiGirl But of course 😹 I‘m sure all cats know how glorious they are. 13mo
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Butterfinger
Mehso-so

A young, innocent man wants to analyze why a ghost is so full of menace. The paranormal bothers him greatly, but he does want to get to the bottom of it. Villagers won't help. Finally he learns the reason for the ghost's bitterness and it is disturbing to me.

#Scarathlon #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

4 hours of reading #CocosTurning50 @CocoReads #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft #ReadYourOwnWay @TheSpineView #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
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TheSpineView 👍🤩🧡📚 13mo
Ruthiella I also found the end disturbing. But overall, I didn‘t find it scary. The edition I read had sort of cute illustrations, which didn‘t help! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
Butterfinger @Ruthiella you're right. It wasn't scary. 13mo
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kezzlou85
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Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94 and @NomiReads .
I have carved a couple when my girls were younger but not this year.
Orange but white can be cool too.
Tagged above. I found this pretty creepy
Would you like to play @Clwojick @Andrew65 @Klou @jenniferw88

Andrew65 Thanks for the tag. Agree about this being creepy! 13mo
kezzlou85 @Andrew65 you're welcome. The atmosphere is just so well created. 13mo
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing!! 🎃🖤🕸 13mo
Klou Thanks for tagging me! 13mo
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Butterfinger

A man may be accused of cowardice for fleeing away from all manner of physical dangers but when things supernatural, insubstantial and inexplicable threaten not only his safety and well-being but his sanity, his innermost soul, then retreat is not a sign of weakness but the most prudent course.

#PLC @AkashaVampie @AsYouWish @ElizaMarie

#Scarathlon #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

AkashaVampie Great quote!!! 13mo
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AnansiGirl
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Monster Stash (aka Pistachio) joining me in Friday night‘s reading of The Woman in Black.

#NovelWatchingCrew (#NWC)
@ElizaMarie, @AkashaVampie, @jb72, @AsYouWish, @mollyrotondo, @Readage, @Butterfinger

If I missed tagging a Novel Watching Crew member, please let me know and I‘ll add you to my list.

Leftcoastzen 😻 13mo
jb72 So cute! 13mo
ElizaMarie Awe I love this kitty! So so cute! 13mo
AnansiGirl @jb72 @ElizaMarie Pistachio sends his thanks 😸 13mo
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AsYouWish
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“I was still all in a state of innocence, but that innocence once lost, is lost forever.”
― Susan Hill, The Woman in Black

Who is your favorite Halloween character?

How would you survive a Horror movie or Book?

How well do you know these 90‘s Scary Movies, by their picture?
https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/90s-horror-movie-picture-quiz-47769151

#NovelWatchingCrew #NWC

Butterfinger I'm going to answer here this week. Great questions as always. Linus is my favorite character. I doubt I'd survive a horror unless my anger gave me incredible strength and bravado. 14mo
AsYouWish @Butterfinger Thanks!!! I always survive the “Would You Survive The Horror Movie” quizzes, but I am not so sure I could actually survive one in real life, lol!!! 14mo
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quirkyreader
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#MountTBRchallenge Number 72. I finally got to this one. Here is my gr review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/272868622

Michael_Gee I love this book! 14mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

This is a spooky, chilling ghost story, and enjoyable if you don‘t dig to deep.

But I kept having all kinds of questions. It‘s written in Victorian gothic style, but there seems to be motor cars and electricity. And how did they get electricity to such an isolated spot as Eel Marsh House, w/out electrical lines or generators? The whole setting just seemed a bit off, time period wise.

#screamathon
#booked2020 #gothichorror
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I did like this one! But I think you bring up valid questions too. 14mo
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Butterfinger
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I've decided to read the tagged for this month. I've already read Rebecca and I don't read horror.

Since I don't watch horror either, my favorite horror movie is The Gremlins.

I didn't take the quiz, but I will add the link for others to take. https://www.lakecountrycalendar.com/news/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-your-classic-...

#NWC @AsYouWish @ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie

PaulaCappaAuthor I love Susan Hill. Great writer. The Woman in Black is well written and suspenseful. Enjoy! 14mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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A new day, a new book.

Also watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, wonder if I‘ll be able to sleep tonight? 👻 #screamathon

Klou The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix is amazing!!!! So scary, especially in the later episodes. Season 2: Haunting of Bly Manor goes on next Saturday! 14mo
Klou Also, love this book!! 14mo
4thhouseontheleft @Klou It is really good! I meant to watch it last year and didn‘t get to it, I‘m 5 episodes in and plan on finishing it before Bly Manor drops! 14mo
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Klou @4thhouseontheleft awesome!!! Wait till you get to... wait, I'm not going to tell you which episode. When you're finished I'll say. *evil laugh* 14mo
4thhouseontheleft @Klou I‘ll let you know when I‘m done! I have read the book (LOVE the book!), although this seems to be a very loose adapatation 14mo
Klou @4thhouseontheleft thank you! I am hoping to read the book this month, and yes I've heard it's a very loose adaptation. It's more of an adaptation of the idea of the book I think. 14mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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And here is my October #bookspin list, which is a combination of #Screamathon and #PemberLittens selections.

#bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 14mo
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emz711
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Read it in a day! Walked to the library to return it already and forgot to take a picture so you get the picture of my finished pumpkins! 🎃🎃🎃 🏚️🌊🌊

#spookyscary
#shortfictionbigworld

Scochrane26 Those are really cute! 14mo
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olivia.ferz
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Rating 3.5 /5
The Woman in Black is my first novel from the horror genre. So I'm doubtful on how to give a review of this. The story is about a young solicitor Arthur Kipps who has to travel to a rural village in England to sort out legal papers of a dead client in her middle-of-nowhere house where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman. Unheeded warnings, strange sightings and sounds, hauntings, you get the drill.

olivia.ferz Now this is a traditional gothic story set in the Edwardian era, written in 1983. So the language of the story does reflect the time period. But I felt like the author rambles on too much. The story isn't what you call scary. Was it creepy? Sure. Was I spooked out? Sure. But I wasn't terrified or kept awake in the dark thinking if the woman in black is out to get me. 1y
olivia.ferz Though the book was a bit slow for me, Susan Hill does spin a beautifully sad and atmospheric ghost story. I loved the tragic backstory of the ghost which was so perfectly fitted to the story. I felt so sad that she had to go through all that pain and suffering while she was alive that I could understand the reason for her hauntings and killings. The ending of the book was even more violently tragic and heartbreaking. Overall,it was a good book.
1y
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BeansPage
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This is a great little ghost story. A short read but rather suspenseful and written in a Victorian style, this book packs quite a punch for how small it is. I really enjoyed reading this one. The ending however was so very sad and ended rather abruptly. Other than that it was a very enjoyable read.

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Powered_By_Plants
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Finished this off on YouTube as an audiobook whilst busy in the kitchen and the end gave me goosebumps!!

Eerie & Haunting
‘Had I known that my untroubled night of good sleep was to be the last such that I was to enjoy for so many terrifying, wrapped and weary nights to come , perhaps I should have not jumped out of bed with such alacrity ..‘

‘For I see that then I was still in a state of innocence, but that innocence,once lost,is lost forever‘

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ameliashley
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This little book is supposed to be a horror but it‘s too beautifully written to be all that scary. The imagery of the English countryside and daily life was just what I needed to hold me over until I can visit my boyfriend again in England ✈️ Hill‘s writing is so dreamy and I was feeling so nostalgic to go back that I was actually like down to live in this haunted house.

bookgem I think there is a movie from this book. Am not sure... The Harry Potter actor (oh no, don't hate me I can't remember his name) Radcliff? 😬 It was good. Creepy, dark gothic story. 2y
ameliashley @bookgem ya! can‘t wait to watch it 2y
rachaich There's a film... also a stage show 😊😊 which was creepy as hell! 2y
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Donna310x
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've not managed to see the film as my partner hates jumpy films but the book was pretty good. The style of writing took a bit of getting used to but the story was very well done. Not scary though.

Powered_By_Plants Iv just picked this one up to read. I found the film really creepy! I think the stage show would be good 😊 2y
Donna310x We started watching the film but had to put it off at the first jump scare 🤣 2y
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Michael_Gee
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This book is a delight. It has everything I want in a proper English ghost story: small village with tight-lipped inhabitants (and the names are wonderful: Crythin Gifford!); drafty, damp remote house (Eel Marsh Hall!); landscape at once beautiful and threatening (the silvery marshes!); and of course, a vengeful ghost (you know who that is). The hauntings here have a sense of tradition and are no less chilling for their familiarity.

Michael_Gee Painting: Gustave Courbet‘s “Portrait of a Woman” (1860) at St Louis Art Museum. 2y
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CoraHirashiki
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One of the most horrifying parts of this book concerns Spider the terrier. I kept imagining Puck, my own terrier, in Spider‘s place.

Nute Welcome back to Litsy! You were missed.💕 2y
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BookwormOfTheDamned
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Here's my book review for "The Woman in Black" by Susan Hill.
https://youtu.be/S3RZhB7f7Fs

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Nute
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#GratefulReads - Black In the Title: Once I had seen the movie, I didn‘t think about coming back to the book. I don‘t know why? I think that I felt satisfied with knowing this story. Litsy has changed my mind... now I would like to dig a little deeper so maybe this will be a selection for October 2020 reading.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🖤 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 2y
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veritysalter
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Fabulous evening at the theatre for daughter‘s birthday seeing #TheWomanInBlack. So much fun watching her jump at the scary bits!

Crazeedi I got your lovely letter, I think I wrote back, if not I will be soon!❤ 2y
veritysalter @Crazeedi I think we‘re out of sync. I just got one from you too xx 2y
Crazeedi @veritysalter ok that's the one I sent, I'm not surprised I'm so out of sync, I've been trying to catch up with my writing, especially since I got so many beautiful cards for my birthday, I cant remember!! Glad it arrived, I hope you have a lovely weekend!! 2y
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Connster
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Despite my back pain, I‘ve been to see the Woman in Black at the theatre tonight and it was pretty good! Not as scary as I thought it would be, but good nevertheless 👻 🎃 🦇 💀

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kezzlou85
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Book 2 finished for #MrBook1inaMillion #litsypartyofone #24B4Monday. What a creepy, chilling story. This is a detailed and atmospheric ghost story. Not to be read late at night. The story itself is interesting and definitely eerie. The ending though, oh wow was not expecting that but it was so dark. A fantastic read 4* @MrBook @Andrew65 @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @jb72 @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Sounds a great read. 👏👏👏 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 2y
kezzlou85 @Andrew65 it was really good. 2y
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kezzlou85 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks aww love the hearts. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the cover!! 2y
kezzlou85 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too it's so cool. 2y
MrBook Added! 😁 2y
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kezzlou85
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@ljuliel posted this interesting questionnaire. Thanks @MrBook for tagging me.
1: all the people, love, new book suggestions.
2: Nothing I can really think of.
3: other have also suggested this but I'd love to see an owned TBR and a not owned one.
4: generally when I finish a book and the occasional questionnaire, photo challenge.
5: Readathons and questionnaires I love
6: maybe the option to add photos to other posts. ⬇️

kezzlou85 6 continued. Adding photos like if someone posted a book and you had a different edition you wanted to show them without making a whole new post. 2y
ljuliel Good answers and thanks for responding. Some of your comments about the TBR have been mentioned by a lot of others. I‘m hoping they can find a way to redo those lists somehow so they‘re a bit more user - friendly. 2y
MrBook Ahhh, yeesss. Love these answers! 😁 2y
kezzlou85 @ljuliel it seems like lots of us want more list options. 2y
kezzlou85 @MrBook thank you 2y
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veritysalter
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#FALLISBOOKED -Day Twenty-Seven #COSTUME

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 🎃🧡 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 2y
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Brewychock48
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I loved this book. What a creepy read for Halloween.

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flying_monkeys
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#ScreamathonPhotoChallenge #Gothic @4thhouseontheleft

“Whereas the bed had been made up neatly, now the clothes were pulled off anyhow and bundled up or trailing onto the floor. The wardrobe door and the drawers of the small chest were pulled open and all the clothes they contained half-dragged out, and left hanging like entrails from a wounded body.“

I can vividly remember how creeped out/ unnerved I was by this scene in particular.

#Read2012

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Jadams1776
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First scary film of the day. I told Harry Potter not to go in that house... +4 under the new point system? (3 for scary movie/1 for post) #TeamStoker #scarathlon

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 2y
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AnneCecilie
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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🖤👻 2y
erank58 Beautiful cover! 2y
veritysalter One of my favourites, I‘m going to see the play (again) in York next month. 🖤🖤🖤 2y
Aimeesue Great cover! 2y
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eri.reads
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is a tragic story and the description of the sounds paint a lovely picture in the reader's mind.
#Scarathlon #TeamStoker +3 pts
@TheReadingMermaid

(Pts total=235)

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 2y
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LeahBergen
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#HorrorCoverCrush Day 3.

I‘ve read a few of the stories from The Woman in Black and hope to sample a few more this month. 👻

vivastory These covers are stunning!! I've been meaning to read this Susan Hill, I loved 2y
Caroline2 Lovely editions! 💖 2y
Cathythoughts Nice ❤️🖤 2y
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rockpools Wow! 2y
Tanisha_A 😍 2y
batsy These editions are beautiful 🖤 2y
Amiable Gorgeous covers 2y
Sace So beautiful! 2y
BiblioLitten Absolutely gorgeous 😍 2y
AvidReader25 The Woman in Black scared me silly! 2y
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veritysalter
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So excited, I‘ve booked to take my children to see this at the York Theatre Royal - not quite its original setting of The Dury Lane Theatre, London where I first saw it, but I‘m sure it will be as excellent. Bring on the Gothic horror.

LeahBergen Oh, how fun! I love this book. 2y
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TheEllieMo
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I‘m not usually one for #FrightandFear but this one is on my TBR list.

#SoulSeptember @Eggs

Eggs Well done 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Lizpixie
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Back from dinner, managed to get in an hour and a half or so of reading between my last post and now. Am now settled in bed with drinks, snacks and blankets, ready to power on till midnight. How are you traveling so far? #HSreadathon #24B4Monday #SummersEndReadathon

Andrew65 Was going very well, but now caught up on listening to The Australia-England Cricket! @CarolynM So far up to 18 hours. You are doing brilliantly! 👏👏👏 (edited) 2y
DrJAdMerricksson Isn't Woman in Black a movie? 2y
JazzFeathers Wow!!! That's an awesome time!!! 2y
Clwojick You‘re doing awesome! 🤩 2y
jb72 Fantastic time! 🎉🎈 2y
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Caksf
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This is billed as a “classic English ghost story” and I could not agree more. The pace is slow and languid, the atmosphere claustrophobic, tense and the story builds into a jaw clenching “get the heck outta there” moment. Not a thriller, but definitely a nice creepy read 3/5

BeansPage Great review 👌 2y
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julesG
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#SpinePoetry #30JuneBooks @howjessreads

Red Sea Under Red Skies
Between Shades of Gray
The Woman in Black
Daughter of the Siren Queen
Wicked like a Wildfire

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Jess_Franzino
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Still not that big into audiobooks (I can read books in at least half the time). Still, this one was quite enjoyable. While I prefer the movie, (as it‘s my favorite ghost movie), this isn‘t as dragging and garrulous as a lot of classic ghost stories tend to be. It was quite spooky, even if the “good stuff” only came in the 2nd half. I also love the dog. I mean, his name is “Spider”. Such a great name for a dog 😂

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Gissy
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3rd book in halfoweenathon challenge was to read a book with movie adaptation.Movie was so different. I liked this ghostly story.I enjoyed very much how it was written, Arthur Kipp character was so well described on how he struggled between his rational and irrational mind? Supernatural? It was a sad story. I felt that I was in that house feeling that ghost.Story is slow not scary but more psychological? emotional? Book was received in swap3.8⭐️

tpixie ♥️ 👻 🕯 ♥️ 3y
LeahBergen I liked this one! 👍🏻 3y
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Christinak
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Cinfhen 👻 3y
emilyhaldi I love a good haunted English mansion!!! 🤗 3y
Mdargusch Sounds creepy. 🖤 3y
Reviewsbylola Fantastic cover! 3y
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starrdom
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#49 in Paste magazine‘s list of the 50 best #horror novels of all-time. I listened to part of it in the dark during a bout of insomnia and it really creeped me out. The horror is subtle but memorable.

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RKing7117
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As with many, many books that become movies this is no exception, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is vastly superior in its book form. A brilliant read for anyone interested in horror.