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The Small Hand [Hardcover]

Susan Hill


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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but a little too formulaic July 10 2011
By Ralph Blumenau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Many, many years ago I read Susan Hill's The Woman in Black (1983), and remember what a good ghost story that was; and she has now returned to this genre. The ingredients are traditional: the central character is a dealer in antique books; he comes across a derelict house, set in an overgrown garden. Entering the grounds, he feels a child's hand in his own, but there is noone there. In due course he learns that "something happened there, but it was all hushed up." The memory of the experience never quite leaves him. Some weeks later he begins to experience panic attacks, for no reason that he can explain. And then he feels the hand again, fiercely trying to pull him to some disaster... It's a good read, and the ending, despite the clues in the book, is somewhat unexpected; but this is not as good a book as Susan Hill's earlier ones: the various atmospheric devices were too formulaic, too familiar for me to experience any frisson.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Small Hand Jan. 10 2013
By Michael Night - Published on Amazon.com
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Not one of the best ghost stories, by a long shot. (I have always had an issue with vengeful spirits of innocent children.) However, Hill does know how to convey feelings of dread and anxiety exceedingly well. It is worth a read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary good fun Aug. 16 2013
By Katie - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the story, nice plot line with twists and surprises. Creepy and fun. I am a sucker for gothic horror, so this was a perfect fit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Hill's Best May 11 2013
By G. Delany Dean - Published on Amazon.com
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Not nearly as good as Susan Hill's other books; this one reads like something she wrote quickly and did not put much effort into. More superficial than her other books; characters not well-developed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She Believes in Ghosts Dec 27 2012
By JAK - Published on Amazon.com
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At present, if there is a better ghost story writer than Susan Hill ,I don't know who it is.No this isn't as good as the WOMAN IN BLACK.However, it is a quick satisfying read.Hill doesn't insist in "naturalizing" or debunking her ghosts. They are ghosts- period- not products of delusion , confusion or insanity.They aren't altogether comprehensible and they are scary because they are dead peoples spirits. Also they aren't friendly or well intentioned .When you meet them, fun and romance do not ensue. This one centers on a child spirit out for revenge.It's not terrifying but it's creepy and unsettling.It took me about three hours to read and I found it hard to put down.

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