The Woman in Black

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,017 ratings

The Woman in Black Summary

As is so often the case with truly well-constructed fiction, this story contains all the exquisitely crafted detail and richness that film adaptations can struggle to encompass. Only enhanced by Paul Ansell's thoughtful narration, this is Susan Hill at her best.

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

It is not until he glimpses a young woman with a wasted face, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a sense of profound unease begins to creep over him and take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk about the woman in black or what happens whenever she is seen.

And Kipps has to stay on in the lonely house, sorting out Mrs. Drablow's papers, when the mist begins to enshroud both it and its surrounding graveyard and the high tide cuts it off from the world beyond.

©1983 Susan Hill (P)2005 Long Barn Books
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  • Book 1

    • The Woman in Black

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 995
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 649
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 659

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Listen.

    • By Elizabeth on 07-04-08

    Regular price: £9.09

  • Book 2

    • The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

    • By: Martyn Waites
    • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Autumn 1940, World War Two: Bombs are raining down, destroying the cities of Britain. The evacuations begin, and soon children are being taken to the country for safety. Teacher Eve Parkins is in charge of one such group. The children are scared and Eve does her best to calm them, but the truth is that she too is haunted by a personal tragedy she cannot put behind her. Their destination is Eel Marsh House. Desolate and forlorn, it is situated on a causeway and is sinking into the treacherous tidal marshes that surround it. Far from home and with no alternative, Eve and the children move in.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • not a bad follow up!

    • By lorna on 08-02-15

    Regular price: £19.99