Late one summer evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn. He stumbles across a derelict Edwardian house, and compelled by curiosity, approaches the door. Standing before the entrance, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small cold hand creeping into his own, 'as if a child had taken hold of it'.
At first he is merely puzzled by the odd incident but then begins to suffer attacks of fear and panic, and is visited by nightmares. He is determined to learn more about the house. But when he does, he receives further, increasingly sinister, visits from the small hand.
©2010 Susan Hill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
As stories go this was not the most exciting I have ever heard, and I'll probably not listen to it again. I'm not sure if it is the actual story or the narrator that I had problems with although it might be that both combined to make a drab listen. At times the narrator seemed to have an almost monotone to his voice, whilst the story was like being hand lead through a bowl of rather thick porridge. Small is the right word for this listen, small excitement, small plot and small interest are rather on the generous side.
Will read anything within reason.
I love Susan Hill ghost stories and this is a very good one. I love the fact you can listen to this in one sitting and thus maintain the atmosphere. Dim the lights, close the curtains and prepare to enjoy yourself.
I absolutely adore The Woman In Black by Susan Hill so I downloaded this in great anticipation
I made the mistake of not noticing it was only a three hour or so audio (I prefer at least a 10 hour one) but never the less I thought its Susan Hill its still bound to be great . However for me it was a disappointment. There were parts of the story that were built up to be relevant ( like the trip to the monastry) only to turn out just to be a means to an end. Yes it was supposed to be a ghost stort but it had none of the tension & atmospheric punch of T W I B Waste of a credit for me I,m afraid
So beautifully read - 5 stars not enough. Hard to say much without a spoiler, but there is nothing better than a garden gone wild to unnerve the listener.
It is a good ghost story, but predictable. I could guess what might happen next but it was well put together with an excellent narrator who really brought the characters to life. So I would rank it easily in my top 10 ghost stories.
The ending was some what predictable, so I wasn't especially astonished. However it was an ending that gave the story a sense of closure and left you feeling satisfied.
I thought Cameron Stewart was an excellent narrator who really put an effort into giving each character their own personality and bringing them to life.
Parts of the book were particularly spooky and did make you wonder if what Adam was experiencing was real or just a part of his imagination.
It would have been better if there were sound effects added.
"Ranks right up there with The Haunting."
The Small hand is my favorite type of ghost story. It is not overly drawn-out or gory, simply a curious story with a pinch of the supernatural.
"Well told tale"
Like The Woman in Black by the same author, this is a ghost story that is told efficiently and believably, with credible characters. Makes you wonder what you would do if faced with the same spooky circumstances. It's not a long book - under 4 hours, which is makes it enjoyable to get through in a reasonable amount of time. A nice interlude between longer reads. Very well read by the narrator.
"Intriguing, but not spine-tingling"
This was an interesting enough story told by an author who knows how to spin a yarn. It concerns a modern day antique book dealer and ivory-tower type pursuits, which might appeal to some listeners and leave others less intrigued. It was mildly creepy, and maybe could have used a little more angst. But, it wasn't overly long, and I was always curious about what was behind the Small Hand.
"The small hand that creeped me out."
The narrator's voice was the most enjoyable part. He told the story so well ,and you could almost feel the emotions he was feeling.
The ending. I finally learned what the entire story was about and why it happened. I did not guess ahead of time what the ending would be so I really enjoyed that. Susan Hill can build tension in a story very well.
The main character was my favourite. He was easy going and easy to relate to. He is a very straight forward man . It was very refreshing hearing this story from his perspective
Yes, when he was left the country and went to visit the monastery in the hope of buying the book he was going to view. The eerie moments he had when he was there and the spiritual moments he spent talking to the monks,esp when he told one of them what was happening with him, how he felt he was being haunted.
This was a very good book to listen to. I do prefer The Woman In Black but this was very very good too.
"Suspenseful and engaging."
Probably, but not soon. The suspense wouldn't be quite the same knowing the end of the story. In a few months or a year then even knowing the ending I could move along with the emotions and tension of the story. I seldom buy an audio book that I don't think would be a good story to listen to over and over.
Susan Hill is a good writer, her narratives describes the emotion of the scene, the characters and action without being pendantic. The suspense, of course, was there especially since it is a ghost story.
The peacefulness of his visit to the library at the Monastary. I could almost smell the old books. The characters excitement and awe at the old books he was show was palpable.
I think either of the librarians, I like the idea of discussing the existence of the old and rare books and the chance of new discoveries. The sister-in-law, with her calm manner would also be a good dinner companion.
Glad to have it part of my audio library. All of Susan Hills books are well written and the complexity of her characters is what makes listening to them again worthwhile because there is always a new aspect or emotion to be heard.
The narrator, Cameron Stewart, was also excellent. His voice quality is easy to listen to, easily understood (his accent isn't so heavy that is blurs the actual words) and conveys just the right amount of tension and emotion without being overly played.
"I wanted to like this book ..."
I wanted to like this book. The description of the story peaked my interest. But not far into the first few chapters, I found myself getting annoyed. The author spends so much time detailing the main character's occupation, I had almost forgotten what the story was about. I went back to read the summary thinking I had, perhaps, bought the wrong book. There just wasn't enough about the ghost to keep me engaged. At the point where the author begins doling out crumbs about the ghost, I had already guessed the ending. A very predictable and lack-luster ending. To make matters worse, the narrator's cadence is better suited for documentaries. A waste of time!
The story line itself and the narrator was good.
I enjoyed them all.
When the truth comes out
The Small hand....
I enjoyed listening to the story...a bit dated maybe, but the listen was very enjoyable
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