The Woman in the Woods
by Lisa Hall
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Pub Date 27 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 18 Oct 2022
Harper 360, HQ
A haunting read about witchcraft and superstition from Lisa Hall…
‘Creepy, atmospheric, unnerving and brilliant’ Will Dean
‘A proper nailbiter’ Mel McGrath
‘Spooky’ Louise Beech
‘I couldn’t read it fast enough’ Helen Phifer
'A chilling triumph' Fiona Cummins
When Allie moves to a quaint old cottage with her husband, it’s their dream home. Nestled in the village of Pluckley, it seems a perfect haven in which to raise their two children. But Pluckley has a reputation. It’s known as England’s most haunted village. And not long after the birth of their new son, Allie begins to notice strange things…
What’s the flash of white she sees moving quickly through the woods to the back of their house? And what’s the strange scratching noise coming from the chimney?
As Allie discovers more about the history of their new home, she uncovers a story of witchcraft and superstition, which casts a long shadow into the present day. And not everything is as it seems. Her family might well be in danger, but it’s a danger none of them could have foreseen…
Bestseller Lisa Hall’s The Woman in the Woods is full of creeping unease and nerve-wracking tension, and will have readers on the edge of their seats…
Praise for The Woman in the Woods:
‘Creepy, atmospheric, unnerving and brilliant. Shirley Jackson and Ira Levin vibes. If you’re looking for a Halloween read (legends, antiquities, and a sense of dread), this is it’ Will Dean
‘The Woman in the Woods pulses with a sinister energy that keeps you reading on. A proper nailbiter’ Mel McGrath
‘Such a different one from Lisa Hall and I loved it! Spooky and hook-y … Highly recommend. You’re all in for a treat this autumn’ Louise Beech
‘Creepy and tense’ Bella
‘I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t read it fast enough’ Helen Phifer
‘Creepy, dark and all the chills! This book will make you question everything and everyone. Hall really knows how to drag the reader into the darkness. Fantastic!’ Lauren North
'Atmospheric, creepy and oh-so-compulsive, The Woman in the Woods is a chilling triumph' Fiona Cummins
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A move to the country to take up residence in a cottage seems like the perfect place for Allie and her husband to raise their family. Allie tries not to let the fact that the village of Pluckley is considered the most haunted in Britain bother her, but after the birth of her new son, Allie begins to see and hear things – a flash of something just out of the corner of her vision and the sound of something scrabbling around in their chimney. After having her concerns dismissed by her husband and friends, Allie begins to believe that her family is in mortal danger and that she is the only one who can save them. Readers may have an inkling what’s happening here, I admit I guessed it about halfway through, but I still wasn’t sure until almost the end. Regardless, this is a creepy and absorbing read
I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review
I loved this one. Very fast paced, had me turning pages as I tore through it – I had to see how it would end. The characters were well rounded and the narrative felt believable. Gave me chills. Solid five
Pluckey, the most haunted town in England, is where Rav, Allie and the children move to escape city life. They move into a lovely cottage that Allie finds out had belonged to a witch who lost her daughter and takes other children. She soon sees an image in the mirror, hears scratching in the walls and sees someone in white in the forest behind their home. Is she being haunted by the witch or is it something else?
What an exciting book this was. I couldn’t put it down. Just when you think one thing you’re pulled in the opposite direction. Great story, likable characters and the perfect setting for this tale. Scary in so many ways.
Wooh! Lisa Hall sure can write a book! This book gave me the hee-bee-jees and made me shiver. I really liked the lead character of Allie and the premise and delivery of this book. Beware: this book will keep you on your toes!
I am so in love with this cover. And the book was a fast read that I did not wanna put down. I felt like some parts were slow but over all an amazing read and I want this on my shelf for my collection. August can't come soon enough.
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, Harper360 and by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Fast paced and enjoyable, I couldn’t put it down.
The Woman in the Woods is an unsettling yet highly addicting read. I simply couldn't put it down even though I got some chills while reading it! This is the first book I've read from the author and I know in the near future I'll be reading many more!
Having a toddler and a new baby is hard. Moving to a cottage that is also called the "witches cottage" with two children and a husband that thinks you are going mad is harder. I had to keep reading to see what happens next with this one. A great page turning read
A great page turner. what surprised me was how much this book creeped me out. i was not expecting to feel so unsettled at the end, but it was worth the read. this is one of those go into the book blindly so you are scared to the max, it was creepy and unsettling. wow, i am glad i did not read this book at night or i do not know if i would be sleeping ever again, wow, i am still in shock. but i am glad i devoured the book so quickly because it was worth the read.
I'm a sucker for old cottages, quaint villages and a touch of spooky and this checked all the boxes. A real page turner that had me sleeping with the lights on
Whoa! What a ride. It was very fast-paced. The writing style kept me hooked and I didn't find myself losing any interest. I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and how real the story felt. The author did a great job painting the setting, so it was easy for me to visualize the scene played out before me. I recommend giving this one a chance!
"She's out there. Waiting for you.
A haunting read about witchcraft and superstition from Lisa Hall...
Is her family in danger?
When Allie moves to a quaint old cottage with her husband, it's their dream home. Nestled in the village of Pluckley, it seems a perfect haven in which to raise their two children. But Pluckley has a reputation. It's known as England's most haunted village. And not long after the birth of their new son, Allie begins to notice strange things...
What's the flash of white she sees moving quickly through the woods to the back of their house? And what's the strange scratching noise coming from the chimney?
As Allie discovers more about the history of their new home, she uncovers a story of witchcraft and superstition, which casts a long shadow into the present day. And not everything is as it seems. Her family might well be in danger, but it's a danger none of them could have foreseen...
Bestseller Lisa Hall's The Woman in the Woods is full of creeping unease and nerve-wracking tension, and will have readers on the edge of their seats..."
Aw yeah, haunted villages!
This was one of the most suspenseful and tense books that I have read in quite awhile. I was questioning everything and everyone throughout the entire story, and the twists and turns were shocking. Just when you think you have it figured out, something else is revealed, changing everything (but in a good way).
The writing and details were superb, and I loved the concept of a potentially unreliable narrator, mixed in with a supernatural element. I think the only thing I didn't like about this was the bit of cliffhanger at the end. After all of the events that happened in the book, I just wanted it to be solidly wrapped up. Other than that, this was an amazing book. A 4.75 star read for me.
I love a good witchy read, so when I read the synopsis of Lisa Hall’s new book, The Woman in the Woods, I couldn’t get my hands on it quickly enough!
This book would have been hard for me not to like- it includes witchcraft, a haunted village, a good mystery and all the spooky atmosphere I could ever want. I love a good setting and the spooky village portrayed here is a real place- Pluckley, known as the most haunted place in England. Witches and a haunted town!!! I was completely hooked. This book is incredibly suspenseful which made it a quick read. I will say that I guessed the final twist but that didn’t make me like the book any less.
My one gripe about this book is that it is being promoted as horror. And while it does have supernatural elements and eerie moments, it reads much more like psychological suspense. I think this would be a great spooky season read for people that want a little witchiness, but not full on horror. Thank you to @NetGalley for an advanced arc of this book.
The cover drew me to the book and the title!
This thriller kept me wanting to keep on reading .. the ending was suspenseful
Thank you NetGalley for arc !
This psychological thriller is a wild ride of is she or is she not crazy. I kept flip flopping and it wasn't until the end when I made up my mind, and I'm still not sure. The storyline was fun, creepy, and believable. Let's just say, I'm not trapsing through the woods after no one. The writing was really suspenseful and drew me in from the beginning. The quaint viliage seems nice and it's interesting Pluckley is a real place in England with a haunted history. The house and property house lovely, but the husband pissed me off...Ok, no spoilers. The characters were detailed well. I really felt I knew their stories and emotions. Especially the heartache of her friend Naomi. I also felt the story is realistic in people down playing women's emotions, especially after a baby. And also the feeling of loss of identity after children. Overall a great story, I enjoyed reading.
This book was packed with everything that I love about a book! It was full of mystery and ghosts and even discussed a history of the home that include witchcraft. Kept me engaged. Good read!
This is the perfect spooky read. Lisa Hall gives you a haunted village, witchcraft, and the spookiest atmosphere you could ask for.
Thanks to Netgalley and Harper 360 for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
This book has just the right setting to make you feel creeped out. It is unsettling but I thought it was a very suspenseful read. The characters are complex and the story with it's eerie feel kept me turning pages long into the night. This one was wild.
I could hardly put this book down as it was suspenseful throughout. I felt angry for Allie as she moves away with her young family to a small town and grows suspicious of her husband and best friend. It seems like she can trust nobody. They all make her feel like she's losing her mind. Seeing a white figure in the woods behind her house, the scratching noise in the attic, and creepy things left in/around her house do not help. You are in for a big surprise at the ending if you dare read this, and I recommend that you do! I received a free copy for my honest review.
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