the small hand – susan hill

The Small Hand

I like Susan Hill – I’ve read a couple of books in the past that have been pacy and enjoyable.  This is more of a long short story – at just 160 pages it’s a novella.

As Adam Snow is coming home from a client’s home in the country, he gets lost and happens across a deserted and derelict big house in extensive overgrown grounds.  While he is there, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small, cold, invisible hand reaching to hold his.

He tries to find out more about the house, and who the ghostly hand may belong to and the search takes him into parts of his own life and that of his family’s that he may have preferred to have left buried.

Susan Hill proved her ability to add atmosphere – it’s a very atmospheric, gothic-style story.  However, something about it just stopped it from ‘haunting’ me.

The main character who is the narrator of the story is just a bit annoying, he seems rather drippy and self-absorbed.  The ending also seemed a little rushed.

It was a very easy read, and the location descriptions were fantastic, but overall it left me wanting.


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