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review 2016-10-20 19:19
The Woman In Black: A chilling serial killer thriller with a twist you won't see coming (Detective Jessica Daniel thriller series Book 3) by Kerry Wilkinson
The Woman in Black: A chilling serial killer thriller with a twist you won't see coming (Detective Jessica Daniel thriller series Book 3) - Kerry Wilkinson

The Woman In Black: A chilling serial killer thriller with a twist you won't see coming (Detective Jessica Daniel thriller series Book 3) by Kerry Wilkinson is a suspense-filled book. I gave it four stars. There are lots of twists and turns.


Jessica Daniel is developing as a character and maturing as a detective and a friend. She still has bouts where her mouth engages before her brain but those happen less often.

I look forward to reading more of this author's books.


I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Bookouture and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.


Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Black-chilling-thriller-Detective-ebook/dp/B01LXO3NIO


This book is in pre-order status until November 24, 2016. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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review 2016-02-20 00:00
The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill,John Lawrence Well, this one was a little tedious for me. Maybe I wasn't in the mood. I'm not sure how it could read fast and slow at the same time, but it did. I think it could have used a little more to it. Not horrible, but just a little better than ok. 2+ Stars.
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review 2016-02-02 00:00
The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill,John Lawrence I gave this story 4.5 stars. However I had to round it up on Goodreads to 5 stars.

So I don't know if I am rating this favorable because the last two books I finished made me want to scream and kick something or not. For the most part I loved the story until we got to the subpar ending which didn't do much for me. And when we do get to the ending of the tale, the story just comes to a flat stop which made me think I was missing some pages from the book.

Told in the first person, readers "meet" Arthur Kipps. We find that Arthur is an older man and is enjoying having his stepchildren home for Christmas. For some reason though Arthur feels unsettled. Eventually returning to his family there is a call for ghost stories which infuriates Arthur and he takes himself outside. He decides to write down a "real" ghost story for his wife in order to finally unburden himself. We then flash back to when Arthur was a young solicitor working in London when he was dispatched to deal with Mrs. Alice Drablow's estate. Attending the funeral, Arthur notices a woman in black. And unfortunately for Arthur, she notices him too.

I thought that Arthur was a good protagonist for this story. I felt myself sympathetic and also afraid for him throughout the story. What gets you is that though Arthur sees the things that he does and feels them too, he still wants to figure out a way to logically explain it and/or end it.

There are several other people in this story and Hill doesn't focus too much on them besides how Arthur perceives them until we get almost to the end and we have Arthur making a life long friend with one of the town inhabitants, Samuel Daily.

I thought the writing was tone perfect. Hill manages to describe things to such a great extent that you feel like you are right there. The first chapter in the book I really enjoyed because it really did make me think I was somewhere in a large country house in England smelling the winter air and looking at the moon and stars. When Arthur travels to Crythin Gifford it feels ominous and threatening based on what Arthur tells us people's reactions are to him. What is sad is how pulled to Alice Drablow's home (Eel Marsh House) he felt and how initially he was charmed by the house and thought how wonderful it would be to live there. What is funny is that as a reader, based on the description I would have gotten the heck out of there. Pronto.


The flow of the story really does work up until almost the end. Then the story comes apart a bit and the flow never really improves after that. I think that we just had a ridiculous missing time segment that didn't make a whole lot of sense and all of a sudden Arthur changes from wanting to figure out the woman in black, to deciding the heck with it.

I loved the settings of Crythin Gifford and Eel Marsh House. Eel Marsh House especially had me shuddering slightly based on how Hill describes it and how foolish we know that Arthur is for staying on though anyone with any sense would have high tailed it out of there.


The ending though like I said earlier was a disappointment. There didn't seem to be enough evil there for the woman in black. I liked everything up until the final reveal and I said to myself really? It just was missing that last little bit of oomph. I don't need every book to read like a Stephen King novel. But I was a disappointed with who was the woman in black and what led her to her current state.
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review 2016-01-06 18:05
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill


I was very disappointed with this book. It's much shorter than I thought it was going to be, for one. That's my fault for not checking to see how many pages it was.


I found the prose to be overly descriptive. I get it, the house is located in a marsh by the sea. I get it that there is fog. I get it that the only road to the house is underwater during high tide. Enough already, where is the woman? Even when the woman shows up, the story continues to be boring.


I did not find this book to be even remotely scary. There were a couple of chilling scenes and that was about it. If you are looking for a good scare, look somewhere else.



*I'm still finding some books and reviews that did not import over to BL from Goodreads. When I come across them, I add them here.*

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text 2015-10-29 22:34
Halloween recommendations
Dark Matter - Michelle Paver
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
The Girl On The Landing - Paul Torday
Nos4 R2 - Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill
The Shining - Stephen King
'Salem's Lot - Stephen King

This is pretty much a re-blog of something I posted a couple of years ago during the 30-day book challenge.

I have to confess that I'm a bit of a wuss when it come to scary books and movies, and I'll always choose pschological subtlety over buckets of blood. So if you want a good old-fashioned ghost story, with chills and things you just catch out of the corner of your eye, then these will be your bag. They are all very atmospheric with spooky houses and things that go bump in the night.

Dark Matter – Michelle Paver
The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
The Girl on the Landing – Paul Torday

Or maybe you lean towards a bit more gore and/or horror? You can’t go wrong with Stephen King and Joe Hill. I had no idea Joe Hill was King’s son, but he’s certainly following in his father’s footsteps.

NOS 4R2 – Joe Hill
Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill
The Shining – Stephen King
Salem’s Lot – Stephen King

But if short stories are more your bag, try these Victorian/Edwardian classics.

The Monkey’s Paw – W W Jacobs
The Signal-Man – Charles Dickens
Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad – M R James

And finally, I have to recommend Ray Bradbury. His books and short stories are perfect for autumn and Halloween.

Something Wicked this Way Comes
The Halloween Tree
The Golden Apples of the Sun

Happy Halloween!


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