rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is perhaps my favorite ghost story of all time. I recently finished reading her story, “The Man In The Picture: A Ghost Story,” when I was directed to Ms. Hill once again by a friend helping me research the best constructed ghost stories. As a writer, this exactly what I desire to achieve. She is a master at building tension. The atmosphere she creates is not only something you observe, but you also feel it. This story in particular entails a tangible sense of isolation. The main character is far removed from his home as he travels to a rural area outside of London at his employer’s request. He is a young lawyer that must take care of the affairs of a widow’s estate.
The weather is as much a character in the book as the setting of the house. Both are described to perfection. Even the setup of how the tale is being told adds to the reader’s experience. For some, the only drawback has been that the ending seems a bit predictable. Honestly for me, that wasn’t my opinion. When the story was over, I felt empty. I wasn’t done with it. I wanted more. The haunting sensation lingered long after I closed the cover. I recommend this book to anyone that wants a chilling, slow speed, highly intense scare. I can’t wait to read more of her work.