Book number 101 I actually read several weeks ago but just haven’t gotten around to posting about for reasons I’ll explain in another post. (It’s weird.) The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is a ghost story that i read for Halloween and it really, truly is a ghost story. Set in the early 1900s in rural England, it is the story of a young solicitor for a firm in London who is assigned to go to a rural village to represent the firm and take care of the matters of a woman who has died. His duties are to sort through her papers and bring back to London the important ones that needed to be dealt with.
He arrives in the village and finds no one wants to talk about Eel Marsh House, the home of the woman, who was a recluse. He attends the funeral and at the internment sees a woman dressed in black standing a bit back from the others. She looks emaciated and is dressed in old-fashioned mourning clothes. He asks one of the locals about her and they are upset and refuse to talk abut her. He sees her again in the family graveyard at Eel Marsh House which is no longer used but she mysteriously disappears. Then strange things begin to happen as he begins his task of sorting through the woman’s papers. He hears strange sounds in the house and out on the marsh and it is only when a kind gentleman from the town tells him of the history of the family that things begin to make sense and he knows he has truly seen a ghost. But there is more. There is a curse.
This was a scary book. A good Halloween book. A good ghost story. I liked it.