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The Mist in the Mirrorby Susan Hill
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A chilling, classically-inspired ghost story from Susan Hill, our reigning mistress of spine-tingling fiction.
For the last twenty years Sir James Monmouth has journeyed all over the globe in the footsteps of his hero, the great pioneering traveler Conrad Vane. In an effort to learn more about Vane’s early life—and his own—Sir James sets off for the remote Kittiscar Hall on a cold and rainy winter night. But he soon begins to feel as though something is warning him away at every turn; there are the intense feelings of being watched and the strange apparitions of a sad little boy. And as he learns more about his hero’s past, he discovers that they are only the beginning, for Kittiscar Hall is hiding terrible secret that will bind their lives together in ways he could never have imagined.
"Hill, as the author of 1983's The Woman in Black, since adapted to both stage and screen, is no stranger to gothic novels. In this Victorian-set ghost story, narrator James Monmouth returns to London after years spent in the Far East retracing the steps of his hero, the late travel writer Conrad Vane. Weary from his journeys, Monmouth is eager to write Vane's history and also explore his own family background. He becomes increasingly frustrated, though, when his questions about his idol are met only with pleas to abandon the project. Hill's secondary characters are mostly developed in broad strokes — a sinister bookseller in a dusty emporium, a stern and imposing headmaster. As Monmouth's health steadily worsens, two familiar gothic tropes take hold: his inexplicable terror at regular intervals and the frequent appearance of a ghost (in this case, a boy in rags standing at a distance, regarding Monmouth mournfully). Hill creates a spooky atmosphere for her tale ('Rain, rain all day, all evening, all night, pouring autumn rain'), which climaxes in a deserted mansion on a Scottish moor. But in place of a final terrifying revelation, Hill leaves Monmouth, and her readers, dissatisfied — haunted, even — by too many unanswered questions. Agent: Anne Borchardt, George Borchardt Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Prize, and the W. Somerset Maugham Award, and have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her novels include The Small Hand, Dolly, Strange Meeting, I’m the King of the Castle and A Kind Man, and she has also published collections of short stories and two autobiographies. Her ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in London’s West End since 1988. Susan is married with two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.
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