Book Review: The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death by Martyn Waites

‘Jennet Humfrye lost her baby…
Died on Sunday, seen on Monday…
Who will die next? It must be YOU…’

The Woman in Black is by far one of my favorite horror-themed books out there.  I’ve watched the play when I was younger and till now, I will never forget the woman in black whooshing pass me in the aisle, making her way towards the stage for her cue.  Being a 10-year old, that was probably my worst theater experience and I was clutching my mother’s arm like a teddy bear; so afraid that she would touch me.

Now I never knew that there was a written sequel in the works or if there was actually a spin-off for this book title.  But on my trip to the local bookstore, I chanced upon it and thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.  Of course, before seeing this book, I had heard there was going to be a sequel to the movie.  I’ve watched the first film so watching it the second time would be a no-brainer.  What I didn’t expect was to find that this movie was going to be based off a sequel novel and not from a scriptwriter’s imagination.  Without a doubt, the book ended up in my basket and I couldn’t wait to immerse myself in the continuation of Jennet Humfrye and her hauntings in Eel Marsh House.

Written by author Martyn Waites, the Woman in Black: Angel of Death starts off in London, during the Blitz.  During those times, sending children out to the country to keep safe wasn’t unusual, and that’s where the story begins.  A group of children, along with their teachers, travel out to Eel Marsh House to stay while they wait out the war.  It is there where they discover that the empty house they were living in still had one occupant.

There were never any lows in this book for me.  I had brought this book with me to work, reading it as I travel to and from my work place; sometimes reading it while I’m crossing the road (don’t be mad, mom!).  With each description the author gave, I could easily picture myself standing where the character is and seeing what he/she is seeing.  It gave me chills when the character experiences a Jennet sighting and made tears well up in my eyes when the death of a character is imminent.

If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be gripping.  It was literally a struggle for me to have to put the book down.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to have a good scare while reading in the night.

I sincerely hope the movie will do justice to the book!




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