Mini Reviews: Nemesis and The Woman in Black

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Sometimes I don’t have a lot to say about a given book, even if it’s one I really love! Enter, the mini review. Take a look at two books I read over Christmas this year and really enjoyed!

 

Nemesis by Agatha Christie

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Publisher: HarperCollins

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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The letter that Miss Marple was reading from a deceased acquaintance implied that she should investigate a crime after his death. The problem was that the writer hadn’t said who was involved, or where and when the crime had been committed.

Despite having read many Agatha Christie books, I had never managed to pick up a Miss Marple novel until now. I’m a huge Poirot fan and just wasn’t sure if she’d stack up against him and his elegant moustache. However, I blew through Nemesis so quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it.

What I particularly liked about Miss Marple is the fact that felt so real. She is elderly and has her limitations, however she uses them to her advantage. For example, there are a few points in the book in which she’s interrogating people without them realising it, expecting an elderly lady to be a bit nosy. I just loved this about her so much!

The characters she encounters are fascinating and I really enjoyed the whole concept of solving a crime with literally no knowledge of what that crime was. I loved watching the pieces fall into place and this book kept me guessing until the very end. I’ll definitely be reading more Miss Marple in the future!

 

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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Publisher: Profile Books

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, travels to a remote village to put the affairs of a recently deceased client, Alice Drablow in order. As he works alone in her isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover disturbing secrets – and his unease grows when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed in black. The locals are strangely unwilling to talk about the unsettling occurrence, and Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent…

This is a story I’m very familiar with, as it has been adapted into a very successful play that I’ve seen a few times. Despite this, I still had a fantastic time reading this spooky novella.

The thing that struck me most about this book was the atmosphere. Hill conjure and a creepy and tense sensation around the village and Alice Drablow’s empty, isolated house. I very rarely get chills from reading, but I found myself burying myself deeper and deeper into the blankets as I read this short ghost story. She’s an absolute master of creating tension and fear in the narrative! I’d highly recommend this book for some quick reading on a rainy winter’s night.

 

That’s it for these mini reviews! Have you read either book? Are they on your TBR? Let me know!

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