The last of my saga of reading Ghost stories by Susan Hill and then complaining about how bad they are.
Once again Susan
Hill brings a pointless ghost story to the table. The Woman in Black is
the best of Hill's collection of ghost stories. That does not make it
good. It still has terrible slow start and incredibly dull characters.
I don't know why but Hill can't make sympathetic characters. I think with horror especially, it's
important you care for the characters because otherwise what's the
point. That rational part of your brain might be temporary tricked into being spooked by supernatural story but then you remember
whilst house might be haunted in all 8 years of living there, they've
done you no harm. Maybe the reason the characters are so unlikeable is
because they always so privileged and we really learn nothing about
them. All I know about Arthur is that he a lawyer with a country house.
There is actually a
reason why the ghost is spitefully this time. She is frankly stupid
spitefully but at least Arthur might actually did something to annoy
her. Slight Spoiler warning, her kid who she was focused to give away
because you know the times dies and then everyone else kids should die
The worst part is how freaked out Arthur gets over nothing. He goes from calm to terrified
in a few sentence and it's not like something happens in those
sentences. Yeah, like oh a creepy atmosphere suddenly. He doesn't see
the ghost but in a state for days afterwards. He's frankly a wimp. The
horror is just really badly written. There is not a single fearfully
moment in the whole dam book.
It's written in the
same lack of tension and imitation of Victorian Literature (which makes
sense since that when its sort of set. Maybe it actually Edwardian though). Hill can obviously write to a proper quality. That's all can be said.
Overall, it better than other ones. I gave it 2 stars for dead children. Yeah, that's all I've got to say.
P.S. this shows up the Wednesday before Halloween due to pure coincidence.