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Simon T

I thought it was a really good idea, written in Hill's reliably good manner. Not quite up to The Beacon, for me (have you read that one?) - somehow they felt like companion novels, even though the topics were very different.


I read this last year having found it at the library when I was looking for something else, and it is still lodged in my memory.
Beautifully and sparingly written as I would expect from Susan Hill, who has been one of my favourite writers since I first read her early books in the late 70's. I think that she is one of the few writers who can write a wide range of things from short stories and ghost stories to memoir and crime fiction all equally well.
Simon's comment reminds me that I have a copy of The Beacon somewhere and will have to put it on my priority list to read especially as it is in a small format hardback which will fit in my work bag.


I haven't read The Beacon, though my edition of A Kind Man has the first two chapters of that book at the back. I would have read them then and there but I was so caught up in the spell of A Kind Man that I couldn't move that quickly into another story.


I am a big fan of Susan Hill's, and you're right about her range, Liz. She is very, very good.


Am not familiar with this. Sounds interesting. I like books about situations involving people in relationships and how they respond to them. I will put it on my library list now before I forget...or might be off to book depository or second hand bookshop list.


I hope you'll manage to get hold of it, Pam. I always feel in good hands with Susan Hill: she knows what she's doing.

adele geras

The Beacon is quite outstanding. And I must get hold of this one too! Susan H is marvellous! Can turn her hand to anything.


I must get The Beacon now ...


An addendum- picked the book up at the library today and read it this evening. I really enjoyed it. I loved Eve and felt great sympathy for Miriam. It really did seem to be luck of the draw for women entering marriage (though I guess the same of men as well). You never know how someone will turn out. The gift Tom had was also the same gift a convict had in Stephen King's Green Mile written quite awhile ago now. I had read Susan Hill's Howard's Landing....and had not connected her to both books. Thanks for posting the review, I would not have found this little gem w/out it.


I've just seen the Woman in Black (seen, not read, I know!) This seems to be in a totally different genre, but it sounds like it has the same kind of tension as The Woman in Black does.

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