The Woman in Black - Book Review

Chilling ghost story, with a Victorian feel.


“The Woman in Black” is a gothic horror novel by Susan Hill, first published in 1983. It tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor who travels to the small town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client. While there, he discovers the tragic history of a local mansion called Eel Marsh House and begins to experience strange and terrifying events that seem to be connected to a vengeful ghost who haunts the house.


My first encounter with this story was not the short book though, but its 2012 movie adaptation featuring Daniel Radcliffe.

I was not impressed with the film version but I intend to give it another try at some point, now that I know the original text.

The Audible version of “The Woman in Black” is a completely different story. It’s a unique and immersive experience that offers a fresh take on the classic ghost story.

Actor Paapa Essiedu, known for his work on stage and screen, delivers a gripping and nuanced performance that brings the characters and setting to life. Essiedu’s vocal range and emotional depth capture the fear and terror that permeates the story, making it a truly chilling experience.

But what really sets this version apart is the use of 3D sound effects. Listeners will feel like they’re right there in the haunted mansion, as the creaking doors, eerie footsteps, and ghostly whispers seem to come from all around. The sound effects add an extra layer of immersion, making this version of the story feel like a completely different experience from the print or movie versions.

Overall, the Audible version of “The Woman in Black” is a must-listen for fans of horror and ghost stories. It offers a fresh perspective on a classic tale, with exceptional narration and spine-tingling sound effects that will keep listeners on edge from start to finish.

My Favorite Quote:

“And then, standing among the trunks of the fruit trees, silver-grey in the moonlight, I recalled that the way to banish an old ghost that continues its hauntings is to exorcise it. Well then, mine should be exorcised. I should tell my tale, not aloud, by the fireside, not as a diversion for idle listeners – it was too solemn, and too real, for that. But I should set it down on paper, with every care and in every detail. I would write my own ghost story.”


10/10 Pineapples



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