The Woman In Black by Susan Hill 7*

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The story mainly takes place on an English moor, on an isolated causeway. Arthur Kipps, an up-and-coming young solicitor comes from north London to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare. There is the rocking chair in the deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, and a child’s scream in the fog. But most tragically for Kipps is The Woman In Black.

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It is a very atmospheric book with an ominous tone. Also the characters have good depth and the story sucks you in.

The writing is quite old-fashioned and may not suit all readers.