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Autumn 1940, World War Two, the Blitz. Bombs are raining down, destroying the cities of Britain. The evacuations begin, and soon children are being removed from their families and taken to the country for safety. Teacher Eve Parkins is in charge of one such group. The children are scared and Eve does her best to calm them, but the truth is that she too is haunted by Autumn 1940, World War Two, the Blitz. Bombs are raining down, destroying the cities of Britain. The evacuations begin, and soon children are being removed from their families and taken to the country for safety. Teacher Eve Parkins is in charge of one such group. The children are scared and Eve does her best to calm them, but the truth is that she too is haunted by a personal tragedy she cannot put behind her. Their destination is Eel Marsh House. Desolate and forlorn, it is situated on a causeway and is sinking into the treacherous tidal marshes that surround it. Far from home and with no alternative, Eve and the children move in. But soon it becomes apparent that there is someone else in the house with them, someone Eve can't see but who is far more deadly than any number of German bombs ... The Woman in Black.


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Autumn 1940, World War Two, the Blitz. Bombs are raining down, destroying the cities of Britain. The evacuations begin, and soon children are being removed from their families and taken to the country for safety. Teacher Eve Parkins is in charge of one such group. The children are scared and Eve does her best to calm them, but the truth is that she too is haunted by Autumn 1940, World War Two, the Blitz. Bombs are raining down, destroying the cities of Britain. The evacuations begin, and soon children are being removed from their families and taken to the country for safety. Teacher Eve Parkins is in charge of one such group. The children are scared and Eve does her best to calm them, but the truth is that she too is haunted by a personal tragedy she cannot put behind her. Their destination is Eel Marsh House. Desolate and forlorn, it is situated on a causeway and is sinking into the treacherous tidal marshes that surround it. Far from home and with no alternative, Eve and the children move in. But soon it becomes apparent that there is someone else in the house with them, someone Eve can't see but who is far more deadly than any number of German bombs ... The Woman in Black.

30 review for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amalia Gavea

    This is the novelization of ''Angel of Death'', the mediocre sequel to ''The Woman In Black'' , a 2012 beautiful film based on the novella by Susan Hill. An attempt to cash out on the success of the first film, it verifies the rule of the sequels. The book is as good as the movie and that means average at best. There's nothing to write home about, really. Other than its striking front cover, the characters are weak, irritating, the ''scares'' badly-written. It certainly can't hold a candle to th This is the novelization of ''Angel of Death'', the mediocre sequel to ''The Woman In Black'' , a 2012 beautiful film based on the novella by Susan Hill. An attempt to cash out on the success of the first film, it verifies the rule of the sequels. The book is as good as the movie and that means average at best. There's nothing to write home about, really. Other than its striking front cover, the characters are weak, irritating, the ''scares'' badly-written. It certainly can't hold a candle to the original. Worth reading only for the atmospheric setting, amidst the time of the Blitz, during the Second World War.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Majanka

    Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/... The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is a sequel to “The Woman in Black”. The main problem? It’s not written by the same author, and you notice it almost right away. While “The Woman in Black” had a great narrative, was quite original back in the day, and offered characters that weren’t more than cardboard figures, here we get quite the opposite. The characters are bland, boring, and very stereotypical. There’s nothing n Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/... The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is a sequel to “The Woman in Black”. The main problem? It’s not written by the same author, and you notice it almost right away. While “The Woman in Black” had a great narrative, was quite original back in the day, and offered characters that weren’t more than cardboard figures, here we get quite the opposite. The characters are bland, boring, and very stereotypical. There’s nothing new, fresh or original. We have the disturbed protagonist, haunted by a secret in their past, who somehow becomes the target of the haunting. A young, traumatized boy, becomes the pawn of evil. A woman driven mad by despair. A soldier haunted by his past. Everyone has secrets, no one is safe, but everyone is a stereotype. Even the growing love between Eve and the soldier she meets on the train to Eel Marsh House, is a love riddled with stereotypes. The writing wasn’t nearly as impressive as in “The Woman in Black”. There was no grain of suspense. The story itself was predictable. The villain – the ghost haunting Eel Marsh House – is a bleak impression of what she was in the original. Here we get a ghost that can be reasoned with, a ghost who defies all logic of ghosts (aren’t they bound by any rules anymore? Apparently not.). We even get scenes from the point of view of the ghost, which makes her a lot less scary than in the original. I’m not a fan. The book wasn’t bad, but it pales in comparison to its original.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    This was a surprising read - the reason I say that is when you look at its pedigree you do stop and wonder. The original Woman in Black was written by Susan Hill by in 1983, she is still very much alive and writing - so why wasn't she involved with this sequel. Then you have a sequel that is commissioned by the publisher - not a good sign considering their motivations are not necessarily those of the author (money?) and then you have the publisher is Hammer Horror - or at least its resurrected s This was a surprising read - the reason I say that is when you look at its pedigree you do stop and wonder. The original Woman in Black was written by Susan Hill by in 1983, she is still very much alive and writing - so why wasn't she involved with this sequel. Then you have a sequel that is commissioned by the publisher - not a good sign considering their motivations are not necessarily those of the author (money?) and then you have the publisher is Hammer Horror - or at least its resurrected sibling (no pun intended), a name linked to films NOT books. So all in all - not the most auspicious of starts - but no wait the book was actually very good, home come. Well the secret really lies with this author Martyn Waites. A self confessed Hammer Horror fan. So what - well apart from wanting to give the book his all, if nothing else so he can claim (in his own words) that he has published work with the Hammer name on it, but also because he knows their genre as intimately as anyone, and that shows. The book reads so easily and yet loses none of the atmosphere or tension you would expect in a film. The staging is perfect. The text invokes the same images as the original but now with a modern twist - well one in keeping with its 40s setting. In short I wasnt sure what to make it, especially since the film came out very shortly after the book, well at least it came to my attention around that time.But no the fact you have a well versed fan who knows his craft, he has created a very good book and one worthy to carry its title.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Georgie

    I really enjoyed this book, though it scared the hell out of me even reading it in the middle of the day with sunlight streaming through the window. 'Angel of Death' is set in the autumn of 1940. Eve Parkins is a young teacher who accompanies a small group of children along with their headmistress to Eel Marsh House where they will (supposedly) be safer than in London. Once they arrive there we discover the village of Crythin Gifford has been abandoned (hardly surprising!) and once the children I really enjoyed this book, though it scared the hell out of me even reading it in the middle of the day with sunlight streaming through the window. 'Angel of Death' is set in the autumn of 1940. Eve Parkins is a young teacher who accompanies a small group of children along with their headmistress to Eel Marsh House where they will (supposedly) be safer than in London. Once they arrive there we discover the village of Crythin Gifford has been abandoned (hardly surprising!) and once the children reach Eel Marsh House, the Woman in Black returns. And as the old saying goes - 'Whenever she's seen, and whomever by, one thing's certain, a child shall die.' I think author Martyn Waites does an excellent job of bringing the Woman in Black story forward to 1940. There's a whole new cast of characters, of course, but the Woman in Black is as terrifying as ever. Waites makes Eel Marsh House every bit as dark and creepy and threatening as it was in Susan Hill's book. There's a definite sense of creeping horror and doom throughout. A great sequel to Hill's masterpiece. Very, very, very creepy. Would NOT read if I was alone in the house at night.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sean Smart

    I really wanted to enjoy this book having read the original Susan Hill novel, (and her other books), seen the play twice and even liked the movie. I thought this had a lot of potential - that Eel Marsh House still stands empty and in 1940 it is requestioned to be used for evacuees from London. So the Woman in Black would have a whole school full of children and teachers to haunt, torment, etc. A great set up. However it didnt work for me - the suspense wasnt there, Waites just didnt capture the s I really wanted to enjoy this book having read the original Susan Hill novel, (and her other books), seen the play twice and even liked the movie. I thought this had a lot of potential - that Eel Marsh House still stands empty and in 1940 it is requestioned to be used for evacuees from London. So the Woman in Black would have a whole school full of children and teachers to haunt, torment, etc. A great set up. However it didnt work for me - the suspense wasnt there, Waites just didnt capture the suspense, fear and power of the original novel or even the film. I really wanted to like it and Waites is obviously a great fan of this genre but I just couldnt and didnt. He also needs to do some historical research - the RAF DONT have Captains- they have Group Captains but that is quite a Senior rank, they didnt have Halfiax's in 1940. The British didnt have jeeps at this stage in the war wither The Blitz, which is referred too, was 1940-1941, but most evacuations began 1939-1940. The bad winter that is mentioned and that one of the characters has a husband and son in France suggests again that its the winter of 1939-1940. But the mention of the Blitz sounds like a year later. This historical confusion wont bother many but it bothered me, a lack of simple research distracted me and affected the story. This novel is basically the script of a new film coming out in 2014, I hope the film is better than the novel.

  6. 5 out of 5

    BestChickLit.com

    Angel of Death, the follow up to Susan Hill’s hugely popular Woman in Black, is, as I understand it, the book version of the screenplay. Set during the evacuation period of the blitz, the action begins quite quickly as a group of young children and their two teachers are sent to take ‘refuge’ in Eel Marsh House. The gloomy, foreboding atmosphere kicks in as soon as the doomed group steps off the final train of their journey. For the first half of the book, the spooky goings on are centred on Eve, Angel of Death, the follow up to Susan Hill’s hugely popular Woman in Black, is, as I understand it, the book version of the screenplay. Set during the evacuation period of the blitz, the action begins quite quickly as a group of young children and their two teachers are sent to take ‘refuge’ in Eel Marsh House. The gloomy, foreboding atmosphere kicks in as soon as the doomed group steps off the final train of their journey. For the first half of the book, the spooky goings on are centred on Eve, the younger and softer of the two teachers, and little Edward, who is mourning the recent death of his mother, and so beings a steady stream of haunting scenes that had be reading at breakneck speed. The climax had me gasping in a few places and gripping onto the book as I desperately turned the pages. Although it only took my one evening to finish this book, I thoroughly enjoyed my brief revisit to the misty, boggy marshes of Eel Marsh House and, as the ending is left clearly open for a third installment, shall look forward to the next visit. Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChapLit.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    Decided not to read on the basis of numerous poor reviews. Also, it seems the film version is already in production and will be released next year, so this isn't so much an original story as a novelisation of an existing screenplay.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    *review written as someone who hasn't read The Woman In Black* Thoroughly enjoyed The Woman In Black: Angel of Death. Very tense and highly creepy. Plenty of terror, deep descriptions and macabre occurrences to keep my morbid mind happy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ally McCudden

    This was better than I thought it would be! I really enjoyed this book and flew through it. The tone matched the previous book really well, even though this one was written by a different author. This book was very visual for me, everything that was written I could see and feel very clearly while reading it. If I can get a hold of the movie I think I will give that a go too!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Crossfield

    I didn't have high hopes going in. After all, this is a novelisation of the forthcoming movie sequel to Hammer's The Woman in Black, rather than a genuine sequel to the original book by Susan Hill. But as TWIB is one of my favourite books, and the first film was commendable, I had to give it a stab. Sadly, the book suffers greatly from novelising a film script. The structure feels as if it is following on screen action shot for shot, instead of producing a narrative that works on the page. I will I didn't have high hopes going in. After all, this is a novelisation of the forthcoming movie sequel to Hammer's The Woman in Black, rather than a genuine sequel to the original book by Susan Hill. But as TWIB is one of my favourite books, and the first film was commendable, I had to give it a stab. Sadly, the book suffers greatly from novelising a film script. The structure feels as if it is following on screen action shot for shot, instead of producing a narrative that works on the page. I will be very surprised if the film is very different to what I've already experienced on the page. But this also creates further issues. A film can jump from character to character as scenes change - or even within a scene. But it is very jarring in a book. Sometimes, the point of view changes with dizzying speed so that you leap from the mind and thoughts of one person into another within a paragraph. I always thought that was a major novelist faux pas so I was surprised to come across it so blatantly - and jarringly - throughout. Also, the book is clearly a sequel to the film version and differs from the original novel in significant ways. This isn't so bad because, as I said before, the film adaptation of TWIB is pretty spiffy (despite the changed ending). But then this new version takes some of these differences even further so that the ghost at the heart of the novel behaves and manifests in ways completely at odds with Hill's original vision. Or at least that's how it seems to me. Here is a ghost that can (as in one scene) be reasoned with. Instead of a supernatural force of nature following clear rules, this ghost seems far too - well, human. Should a malevolent ghost like the eponymous woman in black experience doubt? Plus, when the point of view shifts to the ghost, you realise the book has crossed a line the original never would. We're not supposed to relate to this character. It should exist outside of our understanding and rational thought. That is exactly what makes a ghost terrifying . But here, the ghost becomes pantomime villain. And naturally for a film novelisation that follows a standard film structure, many events are predictable and genuine suspense is rare. Waites also has a writing style that screams for an editor. (Was there one on this?). Too many events are described either passively or in retrospect, instead of placing the reader at the heart of the action. Again, this suggests a literal transcribing of events on the screen (or in the script) but makes for poor prose. But more than all this, Waites seems to lack the background in ghost story lore that would have highlighted exactly why this doesn't carry the same power of the original. Hill always said TWIB was inspired by her love of the tales of Henry James, Dickens, M.R. James, etc - the masters of the form. And these suggest very clear rules for how a ghpst story should be told - not a formula, just an understanding of what works. None of these seem to be present here - such as the need for a strong central character around who the events transpire - hence why there is always suspense about what they experience. It's a shame, it really is. One can only hope that Hammer decides to not flog this horse any more, or if they do to bring on board someone who truly understands how to structure a genuine Jamesian ghost story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Gregory

    The Angel of Death. Firstly this book is NOT Susan Hill's " The Woman in Black" and I am not going to compare them. I enjoyed this book immensely, it had everything to keep you interested and some good scares thrown in. A job well done Mark Waites. Please read this and make up your own minds, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. If you are a fan of the Original, then read this as a different story which it is and embrace it as such. It compliments the other novel well. Beware of black mould o The Angel of Death. Firstly this book is NOT Susan Hill's " The Woman in Black" and I am not going to compare them. I enjoyed this book immensely, it had everything to keep you interested and some good scares thrown in. A job well done Mark Waites. Please read this and make up your own minds, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. If you are a fan of the Original, then read this as a different story which it is and embrace it as such. It compliments the other novel well. Beware of black mould on your walls.....

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Boyer

    Fantastic, but oh so freaky! Now to build the courage up to try the film!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Russell Smith

    The original novel had the appeal of a classic Ghost story, a slowly creeping panic of realisation. This follow up is really a follow up of the Hammer film, rather than the book, and has a more "go for the throat" scare factor, and mutates the "Woman in Black" figure to something totally other than the original book's intentions(I can imagine that Susan Hill will be grumbling all the way to the bank after giving her permission for this to be written). Having said all that, this book does have it The original novel had the appeal of a classic Ghost story, a slowly creeping panic of realisation. This follow up is really a follow up of the Hammer film, rather than the book, and has a more "go for the throat" scare factor, and mutates the "Woman in Black" figure to something totally other than the original book's intentions(I can imagine that Susan Hill will be grumbling all the way to the bank after giving her permission for this to be written). Having said all that, this book does have its own worth, even if it buries itself in typical scare movie cliches. I was enjoying it a lot till the move to the fake airbase and then the whole thing started to descend into an anti-climax of a finale, and its "see it coming a hundred miles away" postscript ending. That, basically, took off a mark for me. I am sure the movie will be a success, but its time to call an end to it after that. We don't need a "Woman in Black" franchise going on and on, and getting further and further away from the original concept.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    It has creepy moments, it hasn't been overwritten or filled with horrible cliches and metaphor, but it's still silly. Why? Because it is so obvious, the characters so stereotypically odd, that you can anticipate nearly everything that happens. Spoiler alert: The things that have been seen before and then written into this book? A young, disturbed boy who is manipulated by the evil entity. A woman whose own sad past makes her stronger/could be the ruin of her. A soldier whose pain haunts him. A blind ma It has creepy moments, it hasn't been overwritten or filled with horrible cliches and metaphor, but it's still silly. Why? Because it is so obvious, the characters so stereotypically odd, that you can anticipate nearly everything that happens. Spoiler alert: The things that have been seen before and then written into this book? A young, disturbed boy who is manipulated by the evil entity. A woman whose own sad past makes her stronger/could be the ruin of her. A soldier whose pain haunts him. A blind man who is a keeper of the haunted house's secrets. The haunted house. A mad woman. This lack of originality could (perhaps) be traced back to the fact it's a sequel to Susan Hills' book, but surely there could have been twists and turns that made it surprising? One star for decent enough writing. Another star for the creepy bits. But if this is what the horror genre is like then I pass.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    I started this book, having read The Woman in Black. I was a bit dubious about reading this because of the poor ratings. But, now, having read the book , I don't understand the poor ratings because I found this book to be excellently well written. Yes I must agree on some certain aspects of the chapters were a little bit short, but so are James pattersons , and no one seems to give him a 1star rating. The story begins again at Eel Marsh House, which is a safe haven for war children. Eve and Jean I started this book, having read The Woman in Black. I was a bit dubious about reading this because of the poor ratings. But, now, having read the book , I don't understand the poor ratings because I found this book to be excellently well written. Yes I must agree on some certain aspects of the chapters were a little bit short, but so are James pattersons , and no one seems to give him a 1star rating. The story begins again at Eel Marsh House, which is a safe haven for war children. Eve and Jean are the main characters in this story, as they are the school teachers who are responsible for the children. I will not spoil this book, in case i spoil it for you readers. But this is an excellent , scary book , that I finished in 2 days. Enjoy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Excellent sequel to 'The Woman in Black', set this time in 1940 when Eel Marsh House is put into use to house child evacuees from London. Teacher Eve Parkins and her headmistress try to make the best of the poor conditions but the malevolent presence soon makes it presence felt and children start to die, despite Eve's best efforts. Apparently this is going to be made into a film later this year - I look forward to seeing it! 8/10.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Griselda

    This book was a terrible disappointment. Leaving the plot to one side, I was irritated throughout by the writer's poor use of English in a cliched and often ungrammatically expressed narrative. The style is anachronistically colloquial and a very poor imitation of Susan Hill's original.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Atrocious. This has to be in the running as the worst book I've ever read. It wasn't even remotely frightening

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josefin

    I would not recommend this book to anyone.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mrs J E Shaw

    It's okay but nowhere near as good add the original. Firstly it was never going to be as good as the original - different authors! It is a good storyline - set in tbe 2nd WW and based around a young teacher (Eve) who is employed to evacuate a group of London children to... wait for it....Eel Marsh House !!! I'm not sure what I expected really. It just doesn't stir the same emotions as the first book. At times, the story goes over the top a bit, almost trying to hard? Some of the descriptions are It's okay but nowhere near as good add the original. Firstly it was never going to be as good as the original - different authors! It is a good storyline - set in tbe 2nd WW and based around a young teacher (Eve) who is employed to evacuate a group of London children to... wait for it....Eel Marsh House !!! I'm not sure what I expected really. It just doesn't stir the same emotions as the first book. At times, the story goes over the top a bit, almost trying to hard? Some of the descriptions are a tad over worked and you're left feeling a bit non plussed? For example the old village is no longer there - it's been abandoned and burnt and the only survivor (who miraculously still lives there) is Jacob - who has survived because he's now blind and can't see Jennet??? That said, it must be a near too impossible job to complete with the original story and as the author said, if he hadn't done it, someone else worked have. So in summary, it's a good story, not a brilliant book but definitely worth a read

  21. 5 out of 5

    SierraKiloBravo

    Link to my review: https://sierrakilobravo.wordpress.com... A long time ago Mrs B and I watched an excellent movie called The Woman in Black. Seeing that it was based on a book, I tracked it down and read it. It turned out to be one of the best books that I have ever read. I would even be tempted to say that may even be the best book I have ever read. Definitely in the top five. Last year a sequel to the movie came out and not long after that I spotted a book called The Woman in Black, Angel of De Link to my review: https://sierrakilobravo.wordpress.com... A long time ago Mrs B and I watched an excellent movie called The Woman in Black. Seeing that it was based on a book, I tracked it down and read it. It turned out to be one of the best books that I have ever read. I would even be tempted to say that may even be the best book I have ever read. Definitely in the top five. Last year a sequel to the movie came out and not long after that I spotted a book called The Woman in Black, Angel of Death at the library. It was obviously a sequel to the original, but with a different author. Knowing that the sequel movie had just come out, I wasn’t sure if the sequel movie was based on the sequel book, or the other way around. I always prefer a movie to be based on a book than a book to be based on a movie. I didn’t think much of it until recently when I was looking around the library for something new to read and came across it again. I picked it up and in the past week finished reading it. The sequel book is based on the sequel movie, and in no way measures up to the excellence of the first movie or book. It is a totally different writing style, and just seems to be a paint by numbers attempt at horror writing. The first book was intense and stirring with a gut punching final act, whereas the sequel was bland and formulaic with an ending you can guess from a mile away. It felt like the author had the movie playing while he had his computer open and just wrote down what he saw. Quite a let down after the heights of the originals. We are going to watch the sequel movie tonight so it will be interesting to see how that measures up!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tera Slawson

    Why I chose this book: This has been #2 on my Goodreads TBR for a long time. I decided to start picking from the start of my TBR every few books. What was the book about: During WWII British parents would send their children out of the city for safety because the Germans were bombing them every night. Two teachers take a group of children to stay in Eel Marsh House, it is just as cozy as it sounds. But the house has secrets and a homicidal ghost, they are not safe. What was good: It was a creepy Why I chose this book: This has been #2 on my Goodreads TBR for a long time. I decided to start picking from the start of my TBR every few books. What was the book about: During WWII British parents would send their children out of the city for safety because the Germans were bombing them every night. Two teachers take a group of children to stay in Eel Marsh House, it is just as cozy as it sounds. But the house has secrets and a homicidal ghost, they are not safe. What was good: It was a creepy little book. I enjoyed the short chapters. It was a good ghost story. What was bad: So the cover of this book seriously creeped me out. The cover on Goodreads is not the same cover I got from my library. I like ghost stories and can deal with a good amount of creepiness, but I straight did not have a good time with this yucky ghost lady. I will be glad to return it to the library. Final Thoughts: This was an easy creepy read. The cover was probably the scariest part for me though. Glad I read it but so ready to return it to the library.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beata

    2,5* (view spoiler)[ It was okay. Not horrible but also not great. It suffers from being a novelised movie. The action was really choppy. Don't get me wrong I enjoy chapters that arent 50 pages long, but this book was really just "this happens, then that happens, then that happens" divided into chapters 5 pages long. I wish the book was written with the same story as the movie but more like a book and fitted better with the first installment. Now I didn't see the movie so I don't know if it's 1:1, 2,5* (view spoiler)[ It was okay. Not horrible but also not great. It suffers from being a novelised movie. The action was really choppy. Don't get me wrong I enjoy chapters that arent 50 pages long, but this book was really just "this happens, then that happens, then that happens" divided into chapters 5 pages long. I wish the book was written with the same story as the movie but more like a book and fitted better with the first installment. Now I didn't see the movie so I don't know if it's 1:1, but it sure feels like it. I wasn't a big fan of Nathaniel being Charles' son. Maybe I missed it in the first book but I don't think it really hinted at it? It sounds a bit cliché to me and I was happy when it wasn't in Woman in Black, though of course it had to be in the movie since it's hollywood. Also in the first book Alice was seemingly fine living at Eel Marsh House all those years but here it turns out it was not so. One more thing that was very hollywood-y was how fast Jennet took over the house. Also Harry getting over his trauma just like that? That's a no from me. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Daniela Nieto Perafán

    “The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death” is the official sequel to Susan Hill’s “The Woman In Black” but it was written by another author. Just to clarify this is my first time reading a horror novel and I haven’t read the original play by Hill. With this said, I believe this is a very okay book. The descriptions made me uncomfortable (which is great for a horror novel) and the overall enjoyment was good. I believe that was the greatest strength of this novel, the descriptions. Nevertheless, the cha “The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death” is the official sequel to Susan Hill’s “The Woman In Black” but it was written by another author. Just to clarify this is my first time reading a horror novel and I haven’t read the original play by Hill. With this said, I believe this is a very okay book. The descriptions made me uncomfortable (which is great for a horror novel) and the overall enjoyment was good. I believe that was the greatest strength of this novel, the descriptions. Nevertheless, the characters were way too bland and it just felt like a clichè horror novel. It didn’t feel too predictable but it also didn’t sweep me off my feet. Eve was my favourite just because she was the only one with common sense! I wouldn’t read this again, but I would say it was a good way to enter the horror genre. Would I recommend it? Yeah... but just to people who want an easy entrance to horror novels. Don’t start reading expecting a fantastic read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Angel of Death is the sequel of The Woman In Black, which is set in the 1940s decades after the first book. This time the house is being used as a house for evacuees to escape the bombing in London. This book was a quick read with short chapters and a fast pace. The scene was set and the story flowed without it feeling as though it was being dragged out. Whilst I do enjoy a good ghost story but it is not very often they affect me, this one gave me chills! I will not be wanting to go on any lone v Angel of Death is the sequel of The Woman In Black, which is set in the 1940s decades after the first book. This time the house is being used as a house for evacuees to escape the bombing in London. This book was a quick read with short chapters and a fast pace. The scene was set and the story flowed without it feeling as though it was being dragged out. Whilst I do enjoy a good ghost story but it is not very often they affect me, this one gave me chills! I will not be wanting to go on any lone visits to any old run-down houses anytime soon. I would say definitely a story for those that enjoy being scared. Treat it like you would a good horror movie, in a dark room on your own with one lamp on to keep the shadows at bay.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Azimah Othman

    A bit into it I watched the movie of the original story by Susan Hill in youtube. Martyn Waites gets his inpiration from this but his story is overall quite different except perhaps in the genesis of the haunting of the now dilapidated Marsh House. In the original version, Marsh House has been destroyed by fire. This seems to be author's favourite whenever the going gets tough ....... like Mandalay in "Rebecca". In Waite's version it is water. Hence, I wouldn't say it is a sequel. It is still a g A bit into it I watched the movie of the original story by Susan Hill in youtube. Martyn Waites gets his inpiration from this but his story is overall quite different except perhaps in the genesis of the haunting of the now dilapidated Marsh House. In the original version, Marsh House has been destroyed by fire. This seems to be author's favourite whenever the going gets tough ....... like Mandalay in "Rebecca". In Waite's version it is water. Hence, I wouldn't say it is a sequel. It is still a good read. The chapters are short which gives the impression on your reading progress...hehe.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Neowright

    I really enjoyed this book, though it scared the hell out of me even reading it in the middle of the day with sunlight streaming through the window. 'Angel of Death' is set in the autumn of 1940. There's a definite sense of creeping horror and doom throughout. A great sequel to Hill's masterpiece. Very, very, very creepy.  However this is nothing compared to the original 1983 book written by Susan Hill, there are some similarities but unfortunately this does live up to the original. Its still defi I really enjoyed this book, though it scared the hell out of me even reading it in the middle of the day with sunlight streaming through the window. 'Angel of Death' is set in the autumn of 1940. There's a definite sense of creeping horror and doom throughout. A great sequel to Hill's masterpiece. Very, very, very creepy.  However this is nothing compared to the original 1983 book written by Susan Hill, there are some similarities but unfortunately this does live up to the original. Its still definitely a good read!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leigha

    It was okay. As a movie, this is a cheesy B movie that some people can turn their brain off to and enjoy it for what it is. As a book, it is harder to get into. You don't have the visuals to help the story along. I listen to part of the audio while reading the physical book and sorry to say that the narrator's voice for the characters (especially Eve) are not great. Eve sounds like a dainty whispery child, poor helpless Eve. It pretty much stays true to the movie from what I remember at least.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gretel

    This sequel doesn’t have the same eerie feeling of a ghost story and leans more into the genre of horror than the original Woman in Black. Martyn Waites succeeds in developing the story into something that is his own though and I may have enjoyed it more if I didn’t spend the whole time comparing it to Susan Hills original. Some scenes just made me feel sad instead of spooked.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jody Yarnall

    The story started out exciting the blitz of London, I thought this is going to be good story, but it was lacking something. The characters where shallow lacking depth. The plot too predictable. A fun easy read. Not very scary.

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