Another e-book bargain is to be had with today's Kindle Daily Deal, Susan Hill's ghost story The Small Hand. This is what you'll get for your 99p:
That is the first of a series of increasingly frightening experiences which Adam has in places as far apart as Oxford and a French monastery, and when what had first felt like a benign presence becomes instead a powerful and threatening one, Adam tries to discover the history of The White House and what binds him to it.
Susan Hill's The Small Hand is - typically of the author - economical, clear and straightforward. No words are wasted, no fancy devices used, it is well-dressed, mannerly story-telling at its best. It's a short book, but I found myself taking it at a measured pace - which I think it demands for its full effect - not wanting it to end, keen for the next exquisite episode. I've read two of Susan's earlier ghost stories, The Woman In Black and The Mist In The Mirror, and I recommend them thoroughly, but there was something about the contemporary setting of this latest book which made it all the more chilling. It's simply, beautifully done.
Susan Hill's latest ghost story Dolly has recently been published, and I wrote not long ago about her 'mainstream' novels In the Springtime of the Year and A Kind Man. I'm way behind with her Simon Serrailler series, but I see that book 7, A Question of Identity, has just come out.