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She’s out there. Waiting for you. From the bestselling author comes a haunting read about witchcraft and superstition that will have you gripped… 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 Engla She’s out there. Waiting for you. From the bestselling author comes a haunting read about witchcraft and superstition that will have you gripped… 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 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 Lisa Hall: ‘Chillingly believable and utterly compelling with thrills aplenty — I loved this book’ Lucy Foley, No.1 bestselling author of The Guest List ‘Compelling, addictive … brilliant!’ B A Paris, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Therapist ‘The perfect summer read. A classy thriller that’s stylish, twisty and full of suspense’ Sarah Pinborough, No.1 bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes ‘Razor-sharp’ The Sun ‘Chock-full of menace, red herrings, and well-drawn characters who pull you one way, then hurl you in the opposite direction’ Caz Frear, No.1 bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies ‘Lisa Hall’s dark thriller … You’re going to devour this one’ Christina Dalcher, bestselling author of Vox and Femlandia ‘This is an unrelenting and scarily plausible story weaved expertly around some very real characters. Good luck putting it down…’ Heat


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She’s out there. Waiting for you. From the bestselling author comes a haunting read about witchcraft and superstition that will have you gripped… 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 Engla She’s out there. Waiting for you. From the bestselling author comes a haunting read about witchcraft and superstition that will have you gripped… 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 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 Lisa Hall: ‘Chillingly believable and utterly compelling with thrills aplenty — I loved this book’ Lucy Foley, No.1 bestselling author of The Guest List ‘Compelling, addictive … brilliant!’ B A Paris, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Therapist ‘The perfect summer read. A classy thriller that’s stylish, twisty and full of suspense’ Sarah Pinborough, No.1 bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes ‘Razor-sharp’ The Sun ‘Chock-full of menace, red herrings, and well-drawn characters who pull you one way, then hurl you in the opposite direction’ Caz Frear, No.1 bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies ‘Lisa Hall’s dark thriller … You’re going to devour this one’ Christina Dalcher, bestselling author of Vox and Femlandia ‘This is an unrelenting and scarily plausible story weaved expertly around some very real characters. Good luck putting it down…’ Heat

30 review for The Woman in the Woods

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jess☺️

    The Woman In The Woods is dark, creepy and almost spooky for a psychological thriller. From the moment I started reading this I had a sad feeling whilst reading right until the end. The mental illness factor in this book is extremely well written and easy to understand but also shockingly sad and heart breaking. The 3 🌟 rating is because I had a sense I wanted to finish for a happy ending but also I wasn't really worried on the other hand if I didn't finish because I wasn't truly invested. I'd still The Woman In The Woods is dark, creepy and almost spooky for a psychological thriller. From the moment I started reading this I had a sad feeling whilst reading right until the end. The mental illness factor in this book is extremely well written and easy to understand but also shockingly sad and heart breaking. The 3 🌟 rating is because I had a sense I wanted to finish for a happy ending but also I wasn't really worried on the other hand if I didn't finish because I wasn't truly invested. I'd still recommend this but it may not be for everyone 📖

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Approaching Halloween, this is the perfect read to get you in the mood. It is chilling, it is atmospheric and will have you questioning Allie and her actions throughout. Moving into the spookiest village in Britain, I think Allie knows, deep down, that there are going to be some ghostly tales that she learns about. What she wasn’t anticipating was that these legends even feature her own house. With this knowledge comes fear and superstition as Allie becomes increasingly convinced that she is bein Approaching Halloween, this is the perfect read to get you in the mood. It is chilling, it is atmospheric and will have you questioning Allie and her actions throughout. Moving into the spookiest village in Britain, I think Allie knows, deep down, that there are going to be some ghostly tales that she learns about. What she wasn’t anticipating was that these legends even feature her own house. With this knowledge comes fear and superstition as Allie becomes increasingly convinced that she is being haunted by a woman who used to live in the house hundreds of years ago. However, Allie’s husband and close friend are dismissive of her claims, excusing her delusions for new-baby stresses. This book covers a range of topical issues, including mental health and the stresses of motherhood. I did forget the name of Allie’s baby as he is so often referred to as ‘baby’; I think the writer could have used his name a bit more to make it more personal and for her relationship with her son to be more convincing. Exasperated for Allie when no one seems to believe her about seeing something in the woods behind their house, Hall also explores the sensitive issue of mental health and how precarious it is. Whilst I was frustrated and sympathetic that everyone around her is so dismissive, I do think Hall uses this topic rather carefully, especially when combined with postpartum feelings. For sure, this book is incredibly atmospheric, particularly when Allie experiences such ghostly occurrences around the house. The chilling landing, the reflections in the mirror, voices, scratchings in the chimney… this book has the ingredients for a spine-tingling, atmospheric read. The isolation that Allie feels as a new mum is symbolised by the woods that seem to engulf her back garden. Therefore, I was convinced that believing she can see a figure in the trees became a metaphor for Allie desiring to reach out and her opinions being accepted. She is determined she is not ‘crazy’, but not even her husband seems to trust her. How can she change his opinion? The theme of witchcraft was fascinating and I enjoyed reading the history of Allie’s house. Furthermore, when trinkets are discovered in the house, it added to the idea of spells and charms. I loved reading about the legends of Pluckley but think the writer could have developed this slightly further and allowed more magic and witchcraft to take more prominence in the story. Quickly captured by this story, I found I could not put it down. Obsessed with Allie’s story, I was so curious to discover what the explanations would be behind her many accusations. In truth, I was surprised by the ending and think it could have been elaborated further, making significant connections to the history of the house but, it seemed to satisfy the overall atmosphere of the novel. At the same time, I thought Allie’s treatment at the end was quite sad because it justified how other characters behaved towards her in the novel. I think I was desiring more strength from Allie after all she had experienced. This was an immersive read with a haunting setting, a haunted house and a woman haunted by what many consider as a figment of her imagination… or is it? With thanks to HQ Digital and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Another most excellent psychological thriller from Lisa Hall, this time with a ghostly heart and creepy undertone that is really unsettling. A mother struggling to cope, living in the most haunted village in Britain, what could possibly go wrong? Well lots of things it turns out and the author takes you on a personal journey full of twists and turns and a massive dose of witchy woo. I loved it, was never sure where it was going, The Woman In The Woods is a genuinely compelling and oft creepy deli Another most excellent psychological thriller from Lisa Hall, this time with a ghostly heart and creepy undertone that is really unsettling. A mother struggling to cope, living in the most haunted village in Britain, what could possibly go wrong? Well lots of things it turns out and the author takes you on a personal journey full of twists and turns and a massive dose of witchy woo. I loved it, was never sure where it was going, The Woman In The Woods is a genuinely compelling and oft creepy delight to read. Recommended. Perfect Halloween reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    A great read from Lisa Hall. Allie and Rav have recently moved to an old house in the countryside with their two young children. Allie is struggling to cope with the lack of sleep due to her newborn baby waking in the night and when things start happening in and around the house, her husband dismisses it as her being overtired. Allie is sure she saw someone in white out in the woods behind their house and is woken by a terrifying nightmare more than once. There’s also a scratching noise coming f A great read from Lisa Hall. Allie and Rav have recently moved to an old house in the countryside with their two young children. Allie is struggling to cope with the lack of sleep due to her newborn baby waking in the night and when things start happening in and around the house, her husband dismisses it as her being overtired. Allie is sure she saw someone in white out in the woods behind their house and is woken by a terrifying nightmare more than once. There’s also a scratching noise coming from the chimney area, and she is desparate to know what’s going on. She meets some other new mums and one of them tells her she’s living in what they call, ‘The Witch’s house.’ Allie doesn’t take much notice at first but when she speaks to a previous owner, she thinks the house is trying to harm her and her family. Her friend, Naomi offers support but soon Allie questions where her loyalties lie. This is an atmospheric psychological thriller that I really enjoyed. Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I think I would have enjoyed this book much more if I hadn't previously read a book very similar only recently. The writing was good and the story was engaging. Although, there were definitely parts where more talking than action was actually happening. There were lots of creepy vibes in this book, which I very much enjoyed. This book does contain one of my favourite tropes, the creepy house trope. However, it also contained one of my least favourite tropes, the woman not being believed because of I think I would have enjoyed this book much more if I hadn't previously read a book very similar only recently. The writing was good and the story was engaging. Although, there were definitely parts where more talking than action was actually happening. There were lots of creepy vibes in this book, which I very much enjoyed. This book does contain one of my favourite tropes, the creepy house trope. However, it also contained one of my least favourite tropes, the woman not being believed because of mental illness. I find that a little tiresome to read in 2021. This was a quick and easy to read thriller. It was enjoyable although it was nothing special and very similar to lots of other books I have read previously. Unfortunately, I did find the ending to be a bit of a let down too. Overall, a fun and creepy read but nothing remarkable. TW: death, murder and mental illness references

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    I love Lisa Hall, and realized that the main plot was somewhat similar to ‘tell me no lies’. I still liked it, the book was another fast-paced thriller. I saw most of the twists coming, but not too early which gave me the satisfaction of guessing it, but not too early which kept me engaged, looking for clues.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donny Millington

    A very boring storyline couldn't get past the first chapter A very boring storyline couldn't get past the first chapter

  8. 5 out of 5

    Willow H. Wood

    Deliciously ramps up in tension and offers many ghostly tingles. I kept thinking "I want to watch this as a film, too!" The only thing that pulled it down from 5 stars (for me personally) was the lack of commitment to dealing with the ghost - I kept waiting for her to ask for Miranda's help, but it never developed quite as I hoped. It feels like a very rushed ending and I have a lot of unanswered questions... I did feel genuine fear for the children all the time, and not just because they're chil Deliciously ramps up in tension and offers many ghostly tingles. I kept thinking "I want to watch this as a film, too!" The only thing that pulled it down from 5 stars (for me personally) was the lack of commitment to dealing with the ghost - I kept waiting for her to ask for Miranda's help, but it never developed quite as I hoped. It feels like a very rushed ending and I have a lot of unanswered questions... I did feel genuine fear for the children all the time, and not just because they're children. It started out that way - a sense of worry for the tiny helpless humans - but as you emote with Allie, the mother, you really take on her possessive worries and fears. I've been longing for a great ghost story. So yeah. Other than a meh conclusion, the twist didn't really satisfy me at all, this is well written and spoopy. Things I still have questions about: (view spoiler)[If Naomi was so innocent, why did she pretend not to know Tara very well? What was with the circle meet-up on Tara's birthday where she was burning sage? Why did Naomi and Tara have matching pentacle keychains? They went to the same giftshop and thought they'd buy it because they do, in fact, love Pluckly's reputation so much? Naomi was clearly drugging Allie and that is freaky in and of itself. Basically, was Allie possessed by Agnes Gowdie and Naomi really was cursing her life? Is the ending meant to imply that Allie was right all along, or DOO-DOO-DOO she's still ill? Such a great story, I just wanted more from the ending and the climax. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charli

    This book follows Allie, and her husband Rav, after they move to a haunted village and soon find out that one of the ghost legends features the house they have just moved into, and Allie soon becomes convinced that the woman who used to live in her house (a couple hundred years ago) is haunting her, unfortunately for Allie no one believes her and they just chalk it up to the stress of being a new mother and her being tired. Allie struggles to make those around her believe that she isn’t stressed This book follows Allie, and her husband Rav, after they move to a haunted village and soon find out that one of the ghost legends features the house they have just moved into, and Allie soon becomes convinced that the woman who used to live in her house (a couple hundred years ago) is haunting her, unfortunately for Allie no one believes her and they just chalk it up to the stress of being a new mother and her being tired. Allie struggles to make those around her believe that she isn’t stressed and that she is hearing sounds at night, seeing the woman in the woods behind their house, being woken up by nightmares, scratching sounds in the walls and chimney, the list goes on… After Allie speaks to one of the previous owners of the house she beings to think that the house and it’s ghostly mishaps, may be trying to harm her family. This book is a perfect read for this spooky time of the year, it’s got the right amount of creepiness for a psychological thriller that keeps you turning the pages because you just need to find out how it ends. That, and I actually had to put the light on while reading it a few times because I got myself a little freaked out. It’s easy to immerse yourself in the pages of this book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good thriller. Thank you to HQ for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    tinalouisereadsbooks

    This book is very much like the previous book I read. Both books are about a mother with a new baby who is struggling. Both books had a supernatural element to them. The previous book Little Darlings was based on folklore and this one was based on witchcraft. I liked this book but didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. One reason is probably because I read two books, very similar one after another. I did enjoy the fact the house the family lived in is set in a haunted village with lots of g This book is very much like the previous book I read. Both books are about a mother with a new baby who is struggling. Both books had a supernatural element to them. The previous book Little Darlings was based on folklore and this one was based on witchcraft. I liked this book but didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. One reason is probably because I read two books, very similar one after another. I did enjoy the fact the house the family lived in is set in a haunted village with lots of ghost stories and superstitions. I also enjoyed the witchy elements of the story. There was one major twist at the end which I did work out very early on, so I didn't get the surprise. This book for me was an ok read. Didn't dislike it at all but was glad to get it finished. I would read more by the author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Claire Bailey

    This is a tricky book to review because I love Lisa Hall and I adore her writing style. This book is signature Hall. From page one you’re drawn in and it’s truly captivating to read. The plot itself has this slow, creeping pace that builds and builds as to create this sense of craziness that the main character feels. At times this book is extremely creepy and edging on the border of horror/fantasy. A perfect read for Halloween! The reason I’ve rated it so lowly is that I felt it could’ve been so This is a tricky book to review because I love Lisa Hall and I adore her writing style. This book is signature Hall. From page one you’re drawn in and it’s truly captivating to read. The plot itself has this slow, creeping pace that builds and builds as to create this sense of craziness that the main character feels. At times this book is extremely creepy and edging on the border of horror/fantasy. A perfect read for Halloween! The reason I’ve rated it so lowly is that I felt it could’ve been so much more! Details such as her passion and knowledge of flowers took a backseat when really that could’ve been played up much more heavily to coincide with the witchcraft and potions. I didn’t like how all of a sudden things/people/hobbies (like the mural for example) were suddenly flung into the story and made really important to the main character when really in terms of contribution to the plot they were very minimal. It was weird that everybody in the book was referred to by name except her son. Who was always called ‘the baby’, like we’d forget he was the one being breastfed every chapter! Whilst I call my child ‘baby’ the reference to her son as ‘the baby’ felt really impersonal and like she was deliberately disowning him. The further I got into the book I began to get annoyed with Allie. She had all these things happen between her, Rav and Naomi and she never thought to just confront them and ‘have it out’. As a reader I found it a bit too obvious that it was all a writers trick and she was reading everything incorrectly. So for me, this element got in the way of the spooky house theme. This book had all the right ingredients: top author, excellent writing style, compelling theme. But I just felt it wasn’t grounded as a story. Everything about it was too flippant and changeable and it couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a psychological thriller or family drama. Whatever it was i genuinely enjoyed reading it! But it’s not my favourite from this author and I’m just a bit disappointed that Lisa didn’t really push her creativity in this book. Thanks to NetGalley for my advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    I felt that this book couldn't really decide what it wanted to be. It's hard to explain without giving away spoilers. There are suggestions of post partum depression, paranoia, supernatural, witchcraft..... I could go on. That would be ok except that things do actually happen that aren't explained in the end. One other thing that got quite irritating was Allie's continually calling Leo, the baby. I'm not sure if this is to indicate a lack of bonding but it was annoying. Not one of my favourite Lis I felt that this book couldn't really decide what it wanted to be. It's hard to explain without giving away spoilers. There are suggestions of post partum depression, paranoia, supernatural, witchcraft..... I could go on. That would be ok except that things do actually happen that aren't explained in the end. One other thing that got quite irritating was Allie's continually calling Leo, the baby. I'm not sure if this is to indicate a lack of bonding but it was annoying. Not one of my favourite Lisa Hall's I'm afraid.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elena Taylor

    Loved it. Check back for my full review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    Suspenseful

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Andrew

    Review This book was so dark. If you haven't read Lisa's books before you really need to pick one up, you really wont be disappointed. This book had me gripped from page 1. I needed to know more. I wasnt overly keen on Rav's character, I just found him really unsympathetic but bless her Allie I really warmed to her. Lisa has an amazing knack of putting a twist in right at the end and I love that about her writing. I loved The Party, The Perfect Couple and now this one. I cant wait to add more to Review This book was so dark. If you haven't read Lisa's books before you really need to pick one up, you really wont be disappointed. This book had me gripped from page 1. I needed to know more. I wasnt overly keen on Rav's character, I just found him really unsympathetic but bless her Allie I really warmed to her. Lisa has an amazing knack of putting a twist in right at the end and I love that about her writing. I loved The Party, The Perfect Couple and now this one. I cant wait to add more to my list of favourites. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chrissie

    The Woman in the Woods is a brilliant suspenseful story. Set in the real life village of Pluckley which is supposed to be the most haunted village in England .This is a story of Family ,Legend, and Witchcraft and is very creepy ,atmospheric gripping and full of surprises . I was a little disappointed with the ending I would have liked a more dramatic end ,nevertheless this book is written so well it grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go .A perfect book for Halloween .Many thanks to the The Woman in the Woods is a brilliant suspenseful story. Set in the real life village of Pluckley which is supposed to be the most haunted village in England .This is a story of Family ,Legend, and Witchcraft and is very creepy ,atmospheric gripping and full of surprises . I was a little disappointed with the ending I would have liked a more dramatic end ,nevertheless this book is written so well it grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go .A perfect book for Halloween .Many thanks to the Publisher ,the Author and NetGalley for my free copy in return for an honest review

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elli (Kindig Blog)

    As winter approaches, I love to dive into a good scary story – The Woman in the Woods focuses on Allie who has moved with her family to the village of Pluckley, which is famous for its ghosts and history of witchcraft. I wouldn’t really class this book as a horror story – there’s a few witchcraft elements but that’s about it and I didn’t find it unsettling or creepy to read. It’s more of a domestic thriller and although I sympathised with Allie, I found the other characters to be annoying. I didn As winter approaches, I love to dive into a good scary story – The Woman in the Woods focuses on Allie who has moved with her family to the village of Pluckley, which is famous for its ghosts and history of witchcraft. I wouldn’t really class this book as a horror story – there’s a few witchcraft elements but that’s about it and I didn’t find it unsettling or creepy to read. It’s more of a domestic thriller and although I sympathised with Allie, I found the other characters to be annoying. I didn’t understand why her husband Rav needed to hide everything from her which made her paranoia so much worse for no reason. I spent the majority of the book (silently) screaming at Allie to just talk to her husband about the lies she had actively caught him out in and I think most of the issues would have been solved by some much needed communication on all sides. Other characters just felt sandwiched into the story to cast doubt or mislead without being fully rounded characters in their own right. The child Mina confused me as to how old she was supposed to be, and Leo is called ‘the baby’ throughout instead of his name which was jarring. Without giving any spoilers, I felt the ending was in poor taste - in 2021 it seems a real misstep to make a topic like this a punchline twist. As well as not sitting well with me it came across as a solution that tried to tie everything in a neat bow without really explaining everything fully. With hindsight, some of the book suddenly made no sense when you knew the truth of what was going on – the items Allie found in the house for example, or the behaviour of the mums at the playgroup. My other issue was the pacing of the book – although something like this needs a slow-burn I felt the pacing was far too slow and around 50 pages could have been easily edited out of it. There’s a lot of repetition – particularly of boring domestic tasks which did not move the narrative along and could have been cut down. Overall, The Woman in the Woods offered a creepy read but I found myself frustrated with both the characters and the ending. Thank you to NetGalley & HQ for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review. For more of my reviews check out www.kindig.co.uk

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kath

    Well... this book had me running round chasing my tail pretty much all the way through. But it's not my first rodeo with the author so I did know what I was getting myself into and was able to eventually just give up trying to second guess, and sit back and enjoy the ride... and what a ride....! Allie and Rav have just moved, together with their two children, from the city to an old house in a quaint country village. Rav's job takes him away from the family on long days which doesn't really help Well... this book had me running round chasing my tail pretty much all the way through. But it's not my first rodeo with the author so I did know what I was getting myself into and was able to eventually just give up trying to second guess, and sit back and enjoy the ride... and what a ride....! Allie and Rav have just moved, together with their two children, from the city to an old house in a quaint country village. Rav's job takes him away from the family on long days which doesn't really help Allie as she struggles with her new born. The fact the the house is old doesn't help, and when you also add into the mix the history of both the house and the village, reputed to be England's most haunted, well... buckle up, there's danger afoot. I really don't want to say any more about the story as it's all a bit interconnected and spooky at times. With Allie's fragile mental state and the setting I was never sure what to believe. I did believe in Allie though - as a character she came across as wholly credible and I felt for her along the way. Other characters were just as well crafted and all acted according to their narratives. Although, due to the nature of the book I did do that thing where I changed my mind about several of them along the way - told you I was spinning round! And the story kept me on my toes throughout, second guessing until I just gave up, trusted in the author and was wholly satisfied with the ending when it eventually came. Pacing was good throughout, matching the narrative and delivered with no superfluous waffle or padding. Meaning that the book held my attention nicely and got on with itself very well. All in all, a good addition to an already impressive back catalogue. Roll on next time. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    I chose this as a Halloween read. The synopsis was interesting, I have enjoyed other books by Lisa Hall and I also like to read about witchcraft and superstition. Initially, I recognise the usual beautiful style of writing I have come to expect from Lisa Hall and it flows well, drawing you in from the very start. The plot is very cleverly written and interesting. Living in a new house with a newborn baby and a small toddler is tough, making new friends and trying to fit everything in makes it even I chose this as a Halloween read. The synopsis was interesting, I have enjoyed other books by Lisa Hall and I also like to read about witchcraft and superstition. Initially, I recognise the usual beautiful style of writing I have come to expect from Lisa Hall and it flows well, drawing you in from the very start. The plot is very cleverly written and interesting. Living in a new house with a newborn baby and a small toddler is tough, making new friends and trying to fit everything in makes it even harder but all is not what it seems here. There is a lot of concern over the main character, Allie, her best friend and husband, Rav, are concerned for the children and their safety. This leads you through Allie’s thought process very well and is delivered excellently. However, there are some irritating parts, the regular references to how large Allie and Rav’s house is in comparison to everyone else’s seems unnecessary. However, the descriptions of the house, village and surroundings are wonderful. The characters are well developed and clearly well thought out with quite a variation, they each have their own personalities well fixed but Rav does appear quite distant for how loving he appears. They were all relatable and their concerns felt real and appropriate. The ending was pretty much what I had guessed and is where it did become a little disappointing. It felt a bit rushed with parts left unfinished. It maybe would have benefited from a “year later” type approach maybe, not being a writer I’m not quite sure, but I felt it was missing something that would ha e made it into a really great book. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this fast-paced read which kept my attention well throughout. A good solid read, great for fans of supernatural stories, psychological thrillers or domestic suspense, and of course the perfect Halloween read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Allie and her husband Rav have just moved to a new house in the quaint village of Pluckley. It seems like a perfect place to raise their children, toddler Mina, and newborn baby Leo. Their new house is a cute cottage which has been sitting empty for a while so needs some work. Cobwebs cleared, a bit of a clean, and it will be perfect, won’t it? But not long after they move in Allie starts to get some very unsettled feelings. There are scratching noises that no one else hears. Something in the wo Allie and her husband Rav have just moved to a new house in the quaint village of Pluckley. It seems like a perfect place to raise their children, toddler Mina, and newborn baby Leo. Their new house is a cute cottage which has been sitting empty for a while so needs some work. Cobwebs cleared, a bit of a clean, and it will be perfect, won’t it? But not long after they move in Allie starts to get some very unsettled feelings. There are scratching noises that no one else hears. Something in the woods. A sensation of someone is in the room behind her. Then the dreams start. But are they dreams? Allie starts to research the history of the house and what she finds makes her even more unsettled. The town of Pluckley already has a reputation for being the most haunted town in England. Now her house has a history tied up in witchcraft and danger. On paper this book sounds like a great read. However, in reality, I found it dragged a bit. It was slow to get started, and really only picked up pace towards the end. But I nearly gave up a few times along the way. The character development is a bit hit and miss, some that you expect will become integral to the story fade away. And others who remain, don’t amount to much. When the story did pick up I was enjoying it, and looking forward to a good, dramatic ending. I just don’t feel like it quite got there. There were so many opportunities to make this story so much more terrifying, creepy, disturbing, horrific - take your pick on a direction to go. In the end it feels like there was not quite a commitment to a direction, which was a shame, as there was potential. A good read if you don’t like too much scare in your scary stories. *I received this copy from Netgalley for review, but all opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Nikolic

    She’s out there. Waiting for you. Allie, Rav and their children, two year old Mina and newborn baby Leo have moved out of London and into a lovely old cottage in the real life village of Pluckley in Kent, it's their dream home and they're both really excited about village life, but Pluckley is known as England's most haunted village and, not long after moving in, Allie starts experiencing some very weird happenings; strange scratching noises in the chimney, and what's that flash of white she keep She’s out there. Waiting for you. Allie, Rav and their children, two year old Mina and newborn baby Leo have moved out of London and into a lovely old cottage in the real life village of Pluckley in Kent, it's their dream home and they're both really excited about village life, but Pluckley is known as England's most haunted village and, not long after moving in, Allie starts experiencing some very weird happenings; strange scratching noises in the chimney, and what's that flash of white she keeps seeing in the woods at the back of the house? The more she hears about the history of their new home, the more certain she is that the place is haunted and her family are far from safe, but who are they really in danger from? The Woman in the Woods is a tale of witchcraft and superstition, the plot is well crafted with authentic characters and, having read other books by Hall, it's exactly what you come to expect from this hugely talented author. She knows how to draw her readers in like a moth to a flame, hypnotising you from the very first page and keeping you dancing to her rhythm right to the very last one and, just when you think you have it all figured out she drops in a twist that will leave you with your chin on the floor, wondering what the hell just happened, but that's Hall all over, she's the queen of jawdroppers! This is an incredibly creepy and atmospheric read that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout and is the perfect Halloween read. I highly recommend. I'd like to thank HQ and Netgalley for the auto approval, I will post my review on Amazon and Goodreads.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ella (The Story Collector)

    When Allie and her husband Rav move into their new home in the village of Pluckley, life seems perfect. But not long after the birth of their second child, Allie begins to notice strange things about their house. A scratching sound in the chimney, someone watching her from the woods behind the house, poisonous plants in the garden… As Allie gets pulled deeper into the history of the house, she learns disturbing things about what happened there in the past, as well as about who she can trust in t When Allie and her husband Rav move into their new home in the village of Pluckley, life seems perfect. But not long after the birth of their second child, Allie begins to notice strange things about their house. A scratching sound in the chimney, someone watching her from the woods behind the house, poisonous plants in the garden… As Allie gets pulled deeper into the history of the house, she learns disturbing things about what happened there in the past, as well as about who she can trust in the present. I really loved the supernatural and witchcraft angle of this story, and then the excellent (if slightly predictable) twist. However, I found the portrayal of Allie’s husband, Rav, rather unrealistic and incongruous to the actual outcome of the story. On the one hand, Rav is a caring and loving husband who is worried about his wife, but on the other hand he is absent 90% of the time and gets angry with her any time she does something out of character, where a genuinely loving husband might probably be more concerned about his wife’s wellbeing. This made sense for the plot, but it was difficult to match the two up when the book ended, which I do feel is a reflection of the writing more than anything else. I also found the pacing a bit slow. Allie seemed to spend the majority of the book stressing and feeding her baby. The actual plot developments could probably have fitted into just a couple of chapters, while the rest is fairly repetitive background noise. Overall, I thought it was good, but it could have been a lot better. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Woman In The Woods by Lisa Hall is a spine-chilling contemporary psychological suspense that completely consumed me. The novel is set in the real-life location of the village of Pluckley in Kent, supposedly the most haunted village in England – but the story is entirely a work of fiction. The plotline is well thought out and executed, drawing me in from the start and producing more than a few goose bumps! All the characters are well drawn. We see the action in the first person from the point of The Woman In The Woods by Lisa Hall is a spine-chilling contemporary psychological suspense that completely consumed me. The novel is set in the real-life location of the village of Pluckley in Kent, supposedly the most haunted village in England – but the story is entirely a work of fiction. The plotline is well thought out and executed, drawing me in from the start and producing more than a few goose bumps! All the characters are well drawn. We see the action in the first person from the point of view of the leading lady. As a result, our emotional response and reactions line up with hers. It is all very cleverly done to manipulate our responses. There is the question of what is real and what is imagined. Suspicion lies in the most unlikely of places. I must confess I, wrongly, pointed the finger at some! A new baby and a toddler are tiring but they are not what is really wearing a new mum out. Living in a reputedly haunted house means things that go bump in the night may or may not be a figment of imagination. The Woman In The Woods was a cracking read – but not one to be read alone in an isolated cottage! Plenty of electric light and company is recommended! It was an absolutely gripping creepy psychological suspense and I cannot wait for more from Lisa Hall. I received a free copy from the publishers via Net Galley. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rose Aitken

    This is a fairly good book badly written. It’s true that all the people in it are definitely out to keep Allly of balance. I get that but honestly, is she dense or what? I mean, she’s hell bent on investigating the history of the house she lives in and yet can’t figure out that, if you want to know about scratching in the chimney well, you’d at least buy a powerful torch and shine it up there to see if you can find out what’s causing it wouldn’t you? Then there’s the delivery of her son. Early i This is a fairly good book badly written. It’s true that all the people in it are definitely out to keep Allly of balance. I get that but honestly, is she dense or what? I mean, she’s hell bent on investigating the history of the house she lives in and yet can’t figure out that, if you want to know about scratching in the chimney well, you’d at least buy a powerful torch and shine it up there to see if you can find out what’s causing it wouldn’t you? Then there’s the delivery of her son. Early in the book it’s a caesarian delivery. Later it’s a forceps delivery so, which is it? True, she’s tired but it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Naomi must have put the painkillers in to her tea does it? Then the health visitor is handed a cup off tea and ‘the baby’ as he’s often referred to as. She undresses the child but also is managing, apparently, to hold a cup at thee same time. Is it not odd that visitors, hearing a panic stricken mother running around the house don’t make their presence known? Ally’s been in the house for some time and yet her mother remains seated at the kitchen table not letting on that she’s even there.. it’s a gothi style book butt, as I say, very poorly written with inconsistencies and severely llaccking in the power of deduction or else, deluding herself that all is well when it patently is not with her husband and her best friend and how cliche is that by the way?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    The Woman in the Woods - Lisa Hall Narrated by Harrie Dobby I received an advance review copy for free thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK and I am leaving this review voluntarily 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 The Woman in the Woods - Lisa Hall Narrated by Harrie Dobby I received an advance review copy for free thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK and I am leaving this review voluntarily 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 from the chimney? This is an enjoyable psychological thriller with a really unsettling and creepy undertone. With a slow but captivating plot, we follow Allie as she struggles to cope living in a haunted house. Initially Allie doesn't take any notice when the other local mums call her house 'The Witch House' but when she starts to notice strange goings on, she soon begins to worry about her children. A quick and easy book to read, perfect to get lost in at Halloween. I enjoyed all of the mention of the flowers and plants and their uses. I thought that this book was cleverly written; with the ability to manipulate the reader into question what is real. Rating: 4/5

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    This was a really atmospheric read for me, full of those chilling moments that have you listening out for noises in your own home and sensing the supernatural around you! When Allie and her family move out of London to a cottage in a haunted village, there's excitement about their new start! But things never go that smoothly do they?! And soon after the fun(!) begins and Allie is thinking she's slowly going mad as she starts seeing and hearing things around the cottage - it's enough to spook anyo This was a really atmospheric read for me, full of those chilling moments that have you listening out for noises in your own home and sensing the supernatural around you! When Allie and her family move out of London to a cottage in a haunted village, there's excitement about their new start! But things never go that smoothly do they?! And soon after the fun(!) begins and Allie is thinking she's slowly going mad as she starts seeing and hearing things around the cottage - it's enough to spook anyone! But she's dismissed by her family and it's only when she starts talking to locals that the truth about the history of their new cottage comes to light! From the very evocative opening, this is a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat as it explores a number of subjects including the supernatural, witchcraft and also mental health. The tension is captured really well and I enjoyed the characters portrayed as they all added something a little different, with Allie playing the main role perfectly as you're going through the anguish with her - is she going mad or is she being played? An enjoyable creepy read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Morag Murray

    This novel felt like quite a departure in genre from Lisa Hall, this feeling far are like a ghost story than previous novels that I would class as psychological fiction. The story is of a Allie, mother to 2 children, the younger of whom is only weeks old. Having recently moved to the most haunted village in England with her husband, Allie quickly experiences occurrences in the house that lead her to believe the house is haunted, Friends worry as to her mental health and Allie finds herself castin This novel felt like quite a departure in genre from Lisa Hall, this feeling far are like a ghost story than previous novels that I would class as psychological fiction. The story is of a Allie, mother to 2 children, the younger of whom is only weeks old. Having recently moved to the most haunted village in England with her husband, Allie quickly experiences occurrences in the house that lead her to believe the house is haunted, Friends worry as to her mental health and Allie finds herself casting suspicion in every direction. This novel is certainly insidious. To me if felt like a slow burner. From previous work by this author I was waiting for a massive twist, and this felt more subtle than previous novels where plot twists have thrown everything you thought you knew into question! As an audiobook this does work, and I couldn't fault the narrator at all. My thanks to NetGalley, author and publisher for then opportunity to review this audiobook in exchange for an advance copy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    George Hall

    - this was so fucking good oh my god. i didnt expect to love it as much as i did because i not usually read psychological thrillers. the writing was so so good it flowed well and it genuinely felt like it was written from the perspective of a middle aged woman with two kids (in a good way). the tension building was so good i could feel the panic of the main character, allie, like it was my own - at some points i couldnt put the book down. the whole plot was so interesting to read about; a family - this was so fucking good oh my god. i didnt expect to love it as much as i did because i not usually read psychological thrillers. the writing was so so good it flowed well and it genuinely felt like it was written from the perspective of a middle aged woman with two kids (in a good way). the tension building was so good i could feel the panic of the main character, allie, like it was my own - at some points i couldnt put the book down. the whole plot was so interesting to read about; a family with a new baby moves into “the witches cottage” in the most haunted village in kent and hearing they start hearing about the stories of the house, a witch from 400 years ago lost her child and wants revenge. just hearing the stories alone made me worry for the characters but the way it was executed throughout the book was so well done. the plot twist made my stomach drop, i was throwing up and crying, i literally had to read it 3 times because i was so shocked. speaking of stomach drops, the last line made my stomach drop as well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This story is about Allie who moves into an old cottage with her husband and 2 year old daughter Mina. She then gives birth to her son. She then sees a flash in the woods which is at the back of her garden and she starts hearing strange noises. After researching her house She discovers her home is associated with Witchcraft. I was a bit dubious when I started this book because Witches and Witchcraft are not something I I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This story is about Allie who moves into an old cottage with her husband and 2 year old daughter Mina. She then gives birth to her son. She then sees a flash in the woods which is at the back of her garden and she starts hearing strange noises. After researching her house She discovers her home is associated with Witchcraft. I was a bit dubious when I started this book because Witches and Witchcraft are not something I generally enjoy reading about. I suppose I was worried this might go more into the fantasy genre. I needn’t have worried as there isn’t any fantasy element to this book. I was drawn into the story straight away and felt great sympathy for Allie who was struggling to adjust to having a two year old and a newborn. There were a few plot twists and is genuinely creepy in places. It would make the perfect Halloween read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    ReadandRated

    I simply adore when a writer drags you straight into story and from the very first page you find yourself living and breathing a character. The Woman in the Woods is a creep-fest that will also mess with your mind! I found myself loathing virtually every character and by the end I didn't trust anyone. Not even the baby! Ok, well maybe the baby. In much the same way that Lisa Hall's previous books have got under my skin, this one did too bringing with it an air of unease and deep seated sense of su I simply adore when a writer drags you straight into story and from the very first page you find yourself living and breathing a character. The Woman in the Woods is a creep-fest that will also mess with your mind! I found myself loathing virtually every character and by the end I didn't trust anyone. Not even the baby! Ok, well maybe the baby. In much the same way that Lisa Hall's previous books have got under my skin, this one did too bringing with it an air of unease and deep seated sense of suspicion. I loved all the plant knowledge that was scattered throughout whenever a flower or plant was mentioned - for good or evil - and I chuckled to myself at quite what the author's search history would reveal! Great book, super atmospheric and the perfect read for the darker nights.

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