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The Small Hand (The Susan Hill Collection) by Susan Hill

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List Price: £6.99


Paperback: 208 Pages.

Published: 07 July 2011 by Profile Books

Edition: Main

ISBN: 1846682401

EAN: 9781846682407

Late one summer evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn. He stumbles across a derelict Edwardian house, and compelled by curiosity, approaches the door. Standing before the entrance, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small cold hand creeping into his own, 'as if a child had taken hold of it'. At first he is merely puzzled by the odd incident but then begins to suffer attacks of fear and panic, and is visited by nightmares. He is determined to learn more 'about the house and its once-magnificent, now overgrown garden but when he does so, he receives further, increasingly sinister, visits from the small hand.


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A Bit of a Let Down

This is the story of Adam Snow who, on loosing his way one evening, stops at a derelict country house. Whilst standing at the gate he feels a small had in his but no one is there.

This is very much a book that is good in parts but fails to deliver in other ways. Susan Hill is a master of description, setting the scene for the first appearance of the small hand quite wonderfully. Her descriptions of the French monastry & the gardens of The White House are a delight to read.

In my opinion, however, the story is a bit of a let down. The book is quite a slim novel resulting in little time to really develop the characters. Adam is developed to some extent. However, quite late in the story we are introduced to his brother, Hugo who turns out to be more important than he seems at first sight. Hugo is never properly developed leaving the ending of the story as a bit of a damp squib as opposed to the dramatic conclusion that it was meant to be.

I never really got involved with this book. I completed the book more out of a vague curiosity to see how it ended than a real desire to see what happened to the characters.

There is no doubt that Susan Hill has the ability to be a master storyteller & many of her books, such as The Woman in Black, are quite excellent. However, several of her books don't reach their full potential & are a bit of a let down. I am afraid that I feel The Small Hand is one of the latter.

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