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The Small Hand (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Susan Hill

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Title:The Small Hand
Authors:Susan Hill
Info:Profile Books Ltd, Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Novel, Horror, British literature, Women's writing, Kindle, NA 2012, r 2012, 2010s

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The Small Hand by Susan Hill (2010)

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The small hand is a beautiful, spooky story that, unlike much of Susan Hill's writing in the past two decades reaches the high levels of mystery and suspense in her earlier novel The woman in black. Unlike The woman in black, which strongly evoked the atmosphere of Dickens, The small hand is firmly set in the present, but no less dreamy and haunted.

The small hand should particularly appeal to book lovers, as the main character is an antiquarian book dealer who buys and sells old and rare books. The framework of the story is his hunt for a first edition Shakespeare folio, which takes him to a monastery hidden away in the French Alps. The short novel has beautiful descriptions of English county houses, landscapes and the visit of the monastery.

Throughout the novel, the main character is drawn to a derelict garden, a once famous garden now not only forgotten by most people, but also buried deep in the main characters memories. As memories and visions blur and get mixed, doom is near at hand.

The small hand is a gorgeous story for readers who love subtle suspense. ( )
1 vote edwinbcn | Dec 1, 2013 |
Scary story, read it in one sitting. Atmospheric, you aren't sure what's going to happen. One of my favcourite authors. ( )
  EmmaBTate | Apr 10, 2013 |
The Small Hand is a rather gentle ghost story -- I don't know why I was oddly disappointed to find it not-that-creepy, since I don't deal well with creepiness. Maybe because I screwed up my courage to read it. Anyway, it was fairly predictable and all, but quite well written. There was nothing really bad to say about it, but it didn't work for me. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
An atmospheric ghost story in which an antiquarian book dealer bites off more than he can chew when he comes across a derelict house and garden in Sussex. The best bit of the story is in France while the ending of the book, set in England, seems too contrived. Nonetheless, worth a read. ( )
  sianpr | Apr 8, 2013 |
This short novel is an absolutely brilliant creepy modern ghost story, with a shocking and tragic twist in the tale. Mesmerising stuff. 5/5 ( )
  john257hopper | Dec 26, 2012 |
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Veteran author Susan Hill established herself as a mistress of the ghost story with The Woman In Black, although this - like the more recent The Man In The Picture - is shorter, a novella really, one-dimensional and shorn of any sub-plot. It proves intriguing rather than chilling, although some may find the end guessable well before they get there.

Nevertheless, it’s hugely enjoyable and a perfect read for a couple of hours by the ­fireside on a dark winter’s evening, and would make an ideal Christmas stocking filler.
added by Nickelini | editDaily Mail, John Harding (Oct 7, 2010)
 
Ultimately, this is a wonderful piece of storytelling that does what a good story ought to do: it keeps you guessing, pulls you in. And when the climax comes, the explanation and the source of the haunting are not what you think at all. You really don't see it coming.
added by Nickelini | editthe Guardian, Jeremy Dyson (Sep 25, 2010)
 
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To Robert, cher ami pour beacoup d’années,
for so many things
Et aussi pour sa Claudine
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It was a little before nine o'clock, the sun was setting into a bank of smoky violet cloud, and I had lost my way.
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A chilling ghost story about a man who experiences a small hand creeping into his own as if a child has taken hold of it. He soon finds himself plagued by nightmares, panic attacks and more visits from the increasingly sinister small hand.

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