The small hand by Susan Hill

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Pages : 176

Langue originale / Original language: Anglais/ English

Lu en/ Read in : Anglais/ English

Obtenu/got : prêté par Tina (travail) / lended by Tina (work)

Mon appréciation:

Bien aimé. C’est court, bien écrit. Pour ceux qui ont aimé the woman in black. Malheureusement, pas de traduction française (j’ai vérifié mais je ne crois pas) à ce jour. Français, j’ouvre l’œil!

L’histoire en bref:

Adam Snow est un antiquaire spécialisé dans les livres.
Alors qu’il rentre de chez un de ses clients, il fait un détour qu’il pense être un raccourci et se perd. Il arrive à une habitation, veut demander son chemin mais la maison est à l’abandon. Il semblerait qu’il y ai eu autrefois des jardins ouverts au public mais visiblement, tout a été laisse à l’abandon depuis des années.
C’est dans cette jungle qu’Adam va sentir une petite main se glisser dans la sienne mais autour de lui il n’y a personne.
Une petite main d’un enfant qui chercherait le réconfort d’un adulte.
De retour a Londres, Adam fait des recherches sur la maison grâce à la femme de son client et souhaite le retour de cette petite main. 

Une connexion est passée et il est avide qu’elle revienne. Le sentiment, la sensation qu’elle a laissée le poursuit.
Elle va effectivement revenir le hanter, sauf qu’elle n’a pas exactement les bonnes intentions qu’Adam avait senti au premier abord.

Mon avis :

Comme je l’ai dit plus haut, pour ceux qui ont aimé the woman in black, the small hand est une histoire assez courte, qui se lit bien et si on peut, on aimerait même la lire le soir dans son lit quand il fait nuit pour se donner des frissons.

Pour ma part, c’était dans le train, entre gamins qui braillent, gens qui n’ont pas compris qu’il faut parler dans le téléphone et non hurler. Donc aussitôt que je me mettais un peu dans l’ambiance…”ALLO? OUI C’EST MOI. TU VIENS ME CHERCHER?J’ARRIVE DANS 5 MINUTES”….Super…Merci…

Mais assez parle de mon expérience du train.

Susan Hill est, pour les deux romans histoire de fantôme que j’ai lu, est douée pour vous mettre dans l’ambiance. The small hand se situe dans les temps “moderne” puisque l’e-mail y est mentionne donc c’est plus facile de s’identifier dans le temps. Elle sait très bien décrire et vous emmener dans un monde où les personnages eux même ont du mal à croire à ce qui leur arrive.

J’ai lu certaines critiques qui disaient que l’histoire était prévisible. Alors oui, je vous dirais que relativement tôt dans le livre, on sait qui est la petite main mais c’est pas ça l’important. C’est l’ambiance, l’atmosphère qui vous fait avoir des frissons (si vous n’êtes pas dans mon train). C’est la façon dont les personnages sont traités par l’auteur. Et je dois dire que la fin, je ne m’y attendais pas. Comme quoi on peut avoir deviné quelque chose dès le début du livre et être quand même surpris. Alors ne vous attendez pas à un gros BOUH!, c’est pas ça Susan Hill. Comme je vous l’ai dit ici c’est l’atmosphère. C’est pas massacre à la tronçonneuse.

Une lecture sympa donc. Et moi, j’aime les histoires de fantômes surtout que les fantômes de Susan Hill, ils sont tenaces!

fantome

My liking:

Liked it. It is short, well written. For the ones who liked the woman in black. Unfortunately, no french traduction yet (I checked and I don’t think so). French people, I keep my eye open!

The story in short:

Adam snow is an antique book dealer.

While he was on his way back to London from a client he stayed at,
he gets lost. He arrives at a house and wants to ask for his way but the house seems
abandonned. It seems there has been a open garden years ago open to the public
but not any more, judging by the state of the land.
It is in this jungle that Adam is going to feel sneaking into his hand, a small hand,
belonging to a child but there is no one around.

Back to London, Adam does some research about the house thanks to his client’s wife,
and wants the small hand back. The small hand of a child who seeks comfort and reassurance.

A connexion has been made between them and Adam is looking forward for it to come back.
The feeling it left behind, the sensation is persuing him.
She indeed is going to come back, but not whith the best intentions.

My opinion :

As I said previously, for the ones who liked the woman in black, the small hand is quite
a short story, that reads easily and if we can, we would even like to read it at night
in bed at nightime to give ourselves the chill.

For me, it was unfortunately in the train, between screaming kids, people who didn’t get
that you speak in the phone and not yell. So as soon as I was getting myself into the story…
“HELLO? IT IS ONLY ME. CAN YOU PICK ME UP AT THE STATION? I WILL BE THERE IN 5 MINUTES”…Great…
Thanks.
But enough talking about my train experience.

Susan hill est, for the two novels of ghost story I read, is gifted for putting you
in a chilling atmosphere. The small hand is situated in modern times as the email is
mentionned so it is easier to identify in time. She writes really well and takes you
to a place where even the characters are not sure about what they are living.

I read some critics saying that it was predictable. So yes, I would like
to say that quite early in the book, I guessed who this small hand belonged to.
But it doesn’t matter, that’s not what’s important here. Here it is the atmosphere,
that makes you get the chill (if you don’t read in my train).
It is the way the characters are treated by the author. And I must say that although
I guessed at the beginning of the book, I didn’t expect the end. Like what, we think
we know when we don’t.

But don’t get me wrong, it won’t be a big wOOOO! That’s not Susan Hill.
As I said to you, it is the atmosphere the important here. It is not The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

A nice read then. And me, I like ghost stories, especially the ghost with Susan Hill, they
don’t let you go!

fantome

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2 thoughts on “The small hand by Susan Hill

  1. Susan Hill is hands down (excuse the pun) one of my favourite writers, she is very talented and normally writes literary fiction, the ghost stories are not her main genre, which could be why some readers find them a little tame.

    Her recent novellas are excellent and worth reading for the writing alone. e.g. The Beacon, A Kind Man, In the Springtime of the Year etc. And then there is her year of reading, a wonderful book called Howard’s End is on the Landing.

    • She is indeed talented. I know very few of her books in the end and I thought she was more in the chilling stories but obvioulsy I was wrong. Thank you for all the titles, it is your turn to have me intrigued about Susan Hill! I think it is great to exchange on book titles especially when someone is a “fan” and also, it definitively helps for knowing where to start. Thanks again for stopping by and for all your comments, they are highly appreciated! 🙂

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