The Woman in Black is said to be a scary ghost story. It's promised to be 'a ratting good yarn' (whatever that means). It's claimed to be 'nerve shredding'. Well, I am here to tell you that it is neither of those things. It's not scary, nor thrilling, nor chilling. Not even a little bit!
And I scare easily.
Now that I am done reading it I don't think that it's a bad book, I just don't think this is a scary book in any way. I don't know, maybe it's scary to a five year old? The problem is - it had the potential to be scary. Terrifying even. But the way it was written - in past tense, reassuring - killed the scary mood completely.
I found myself skimming most of the book, which is so not me. The book is only 165 pages, and I almost NEVER EVER skim books. Why did I keep reading then? I kept waiting for something to happen, for scary stuff to begin, but alas I was not rewarded. The only reason it got an extra star was for the last few pages - that ending is where it's at! Basically this whole book was just a preparation for that ending.
I did enjoy the writing style though, but the plot and the scary parts were basically non-existent. The whole story also felt very repetitive, I felt like the author was trying to feed me the story with a spoon - whenever scary parts were coming up, right after it was all smoothed over and made good again.
Disappointing read all around. I was looking for a good Halloween scare and I did not get it! (I've never seen the movie, but I heard that it was pretty scary, so maybe in this case the movie is better than the book?)
Freelance BETA reader.