I have to admit that this is the first book I’ve read by Susan Hill. It has been on my kindle for ages so I thought it was about time I bumped it to the top of my list and I am glad I did.
In The Small Hand we meet Adam Snow, who has the most amazing job by the way as an antiquarian bookseller. As he is on his way to meet a client he stumbles upon an old derelict house and gardens known as the white house. His curiosity gets the better of him and he vacates his car to explore. Whilst he’s there he feels a hand take his, a childlike hand, but there is no child. This would personally freak me out, but Adam is quite calm about the situation, initially. Things soon start taking a sinister turn though and I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and tension that builds as the story progresses.
At one point I was worried it was going to end without any real answers, but thankfully this was not the case. I did sense where the story was heading towards to end, but this didn’t take anything away from it. It’s a brilliantly written ghost story. Atmospheric, compellingly creepy and sad.
I will be adding Susan Hill’s other books to my list.