“One of the strongest stories of supernatural horror…the work bursts into life and does not flag until the end.”—The Washington Post
An internationally acclaimed and haunting ghost story. Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, has come north from 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: the rocking chair in the deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and most dreadfully and for Kipps, most tragically, the woman in black.
Irresistibly dramatic… Susan Hill has done the genre real honour. — Chicago Tribune
Hill’s haunting tales may be slim, but they pull no punches… — Harper’s Bazaar
For my money, the greatest of the contemporary ghost writers. Hill creates believable period characters, she creates a hermetic world that yet speaks of wider superstitions and histories, and creates plots with tension, pace and jeopardy without ever becoming heavy-handed. This is a story of vengeance, of an old curse from an embittered woman, all centred on the brooding Eel Marsh House, gloomy and isolated and cut off from the mainland at high tide. As the tension of premonition and disaster builds and builds, the ghostly screams of an accident long ago will haunt the reader’s imagination long after the last page has been turned. Perfect.
— Kate Mosse, The Guardian (UK)
…a rattling good tale, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine. — The Guardian
Confident and compulsive, Susan Hill tells a story like one possessed; she has an extraordinary power. — Punch
One of the best creepy novels I have ever read…a heart-stoppingly chilling story of a haunting… Miss Hill has such an immaculate sense of place, mood, pace, and style, and she is so brilliant at evoking a malevolent atmosphere of evil and grief, that even in broad daylight I jumped with terror at a sudden noise outside. — The Sunday Express
An excellent ghost story… magnificently eerie… compulsive reading. — Evening Standard
Heartstoppingly chilling. — Daily Express
Terrifying… creepy classic. — Daily Mail
Susan Hill is the reigning queen of ghost writers and her period novella…is a classic, broodingly creepy and at times terrifying. — Michael Hogan, Observer
I don’t believe in ghosts but Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, self-described as a ghost story, brought me about as near as I’m ever likely to get to such a belief… Miss Hill writes with great power, each detail contributing to the tremendous sense of evil she creates. — The Daily Telegraph
Susan Hill has been admirably faithful to the genre. — New Statesman