Susan HIll has been terrifying me since I was little (aged about 10 and there is NO WAY I would let Matthew read it as he approaches the same age!) when I read and then watched The Woman In Black. I also saw the theatre production in my 20s and scared myself silly.
Simply spooky and devastatingly good.
I have had The Small Hand on my Kindle for ages but not got around to reading it. Then I saw that a TV version was being aired over the Christmas holidays and decided to read the book before watching the show.
Adam Snow is a dealer in antique books and travelling home one day he discovers The White House, an abandoned stately home and gardens. Whilst exploring the grounds, he feels a small hand hold his. There then follows a number of spooky incidents and danger. Adam returns to the house to look for answers and meets an elderly woman but is she a ghost as well…?
It is a short book of only 170 pages so easy to read in a couple of hours. I made the BIG MISTAKE of reading it at night and stopping halfway to sleep. An hour later, I woke from a ghostly nightmare and clung to Chris, terrified that a small figure would grab my hand (not Zach this time).
The Small Boy is genuinely creepy. I found the characters to be realistic which added to the unsettling feeling as it could be real (I do believe in ghosts!)
The ending of the book disappointed me a little as it was too subtle and left questions unanswered. However, my overall impression of the book is a respectful ‘fearfully good’.