Once upon a time on the twitternets, Eva mentioned The Woman in Black and how none of her libraries had it and only, like 20 of the libraries in the States had it and how it was the Hot Thing in…I forget. This conversation was a long time ago. ANYway, both TY and I found it in our library systems (and I live in Canada! We don’t even have Comic Sans up here yet) and placed holds so that we could
rub it in read it in Eva’s honor. What with Karma righting the world and making it so that douchettes like me and the TY get ours, Eva ended up getting a copy of TWiB before either of us. So.
So! Totally exactly what Eva said. This slim little number is a ripping Victorian-esque ghost story with atmosphere and spooks and a bit of a pat ending. Also, twee little illustrations like you find in The House at Pooh Corner. Arthur and his wife and her growed chillens from a previous marriage are all at home over Christmas telling ghost stories (as one does), and they each take a turn and then are all, Well, step-father, shall you regale us with a tale? And Arthur promptly loses his shit (Victorian-style, by which I mean he abruptly exits the manor and takes a few vigorous turns in the garden) because has he got a haunting for you! Which he will now excise from his soul by recounting.
So once when he was a fresh-cheeked young lawyer he was sent to do lawyery things re: an old woman’s estate, except that everyone he mentions this to is all, The old Drablow place? Best have naught to do with that. *significant glance, shudder, refusal to say more* And near as I can gather, Old Lady Drablow (now deceased) lived on an island of property surrounded by marshes and only accessible during low tides. Eeks.
Arthur hies off to said island to sort through the old lady’s papers and then there are some ghostly sightings and a few cries in the night and a thumping sound and IT IS SPOOKY, but then the curtain is lifted really suddenly and this is the ghost, and this is the why-now, and you’re all, Huh. I expected to have to work harder than this. So that’s a bit of a let-down, but then another Really Sad thing happens and then the book ends.
Short! Eerie! There is an adorable dog involved! I recommend.