Author: Susan Hill
Genre: Gothic horror
Released: 25 September 2014
Publisher: Profile Books
On a dark November evening at the turn of the century, thee medical students make an unholy pact. For the young Hugh Meredith, it is the beginning of a nightmare that will pursue him to the grave - and perhaps beyond.
In the cellar of their narow lodging house in Printer's Devil Court, and in the subterranean annex of the hospital, they begin to experiment with the boundaries that separate the living and the dead, witnessing events both extraordinary and terrifying.
Years later, when Hugh must return to Printer's Devil Court and face his demons, strange events make clear that his youthful actions have had consequences worse than anything he could have imagined.
This book was a bit of a let down and was not what I expected - was I meant to be scared?
The book takes place at the turn of the century and follows three medical students who decide to do some experiments, taking inspiration from the story of Lazarus. They seem successful in their task, but main character Hugh does not like what he's been witness to, and he soon leaves London for the country to take up the position of a country doctor. A few decades later, he returns to the hospital he once worked at and is haunted by the ghosts of his experiments, and continues to be haunted until the day he dies.
I was really excited to read this book since it's Halloween. I have head that The Woman In Black is a pretty scary book (the movie was a nightmare!) so I had high hopes that this book would at least give me the chills. I was so wrong.
The story was relatively interesting, and I could see some potential in it being fleshed out more, but it just did not live up to expectations and failed to provide any sort of scare factor - there was a ghost, but it wasn't a haunting experience for me as a reader.
I was really hoping to enjoy this story and to pick up The Woman In Black, but now I'm a bit apprehensive about doing so. I have head that it is a lot better and scarier story, so maybe I will.
Overall, I found this to be a mediocre story that had a lot of potential to be a great story, but it just failed to reach the bar. If you enjoy Gothic literature, you may find this interesting, but if you are after a good ghost story, this isn't for you.