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Publisher's Summary

Late one summer evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn. He stumbles across a derelict Edwardian house, and compelled by curiosity, approaches the door. Standing before the entrance, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small cold hand creeping into his own, ‘as if a child had taken hold of it’.

At first he is merely puzzled by the odd incident but then begins to suffer attacks of fear and panic, and is visited by nightmares. He is determined to learn more about the house. But when he does, he receives further, increasingly sinister, visits from the small hand.

©2010 Susan Hill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 10-26-11

Well told tale

Any additional comments?

Like The Woman in Black by the same author, this is a ghost story that is told efficiently and believably, with credible characters. Makes you wonder what you would do if faced with the same spooky circumstances. It's not a long book - under 4 hours, which is makes it enjoyable to get through in a reasonable amount of time. A nice interlude between longer reads. Very well read by the narrator.

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  • Kate
  • Dedham, MA, United States
  • 11-10-12

Ranks right up there with The Haunting.

What about Cameron Stewart’s performance did you like?

Credible narration.

Any additional comments?

The Small hand is my favorite type of ghost story. It is not overly drawn-out or gory, simply a curious story with a pinch of the supernatural.

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Intriguing, but not spine-tingling

This was an interesting enough story told by an author who knows how to spin a yarn. It concerns a modern day antique book dealer and ivory-tower type pursuits, which might appeal to some listeners and leave others less intrigued. It was mildly creepy, and maybe could have used a little more angst. But, it wasn't overly long, and I was always curious about what was behind the Small Hand.

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  • edel
  • Ireland
  • 08-11-12

The small hand that creeped me out.

What made the experience of listening to The Small Hand the most enjoyable?

The narrator's voice was the most enjoyable part. He told the story so well ,and you could almost feel the emotions he was feeling.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending. I finally learned what the entire story was about and why it happened. I did not guess ahead of time what the ending would be so I really enjoyed that. Susan Hill can build tension in a story very well.

Which character – as performed by Cameron Stewart – was your favorite?

The main character was my favourite. He was easy going and easy to relate to. He is a very straight forward man . It was very refreshing hearing this story from his perspective

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when he was left the country and went to visit the monastery in the hope of buying the book he was going to view. The eerie moments he had when he was there and the spiritual moments he spent talking to the monks,esp when he told one of them what was happening with him, how he felt he was being haunted.

Any additional comments?

This was a very good book to listen to. I do prefer The Woman In Black but this was very very good too.

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Suspenseful and engaging.

Would you listen to The Small Hand again? Why?

Probably, but not soon. The suspense wouldn't be quite the same knowing the end of the story. In a few months or a year then even knowing the ending I could move along with the emotions and tension of the story. I seldom buy an audio book that I don't think would be a good story to listen to over and over.

What did you like best about this story?

Susan Hill is a good writer, her narratives describes the emotion of the scene, the characters and action without being pendantic. The suspense, of course, was there especially since it is a ghost story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The peacefulness of his visit to the library at the Monastary. I could almost smell the old books. The characters excitement and awe at the old books he was show was palpable.

If you could take any character from The Small Hand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I think either of the librarians, I like the idea of discussing the existence of the old and rare books and the chance of new discoveries. The sister-in-law, with her calm manner would also be a good dinner companion.

Any additional comments?

Glad to have it part of my audio library. All of Susan Hills books are well written and the complexity of her characters is what makes listening to them again worthwhile because there is always a new aspect or emotion to be heard.

The narrator, Cameron Stewart, was also excellent. His voice quality is easy to listen to, easily understood (his accent isn't so heavy that is blurs the actual words) and conveys just the right amount of tension and emotion without being overly played.

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Vivid Descriptions

This was my first listen by Susan Hill. I look forward to listening to more of her books. What I like most is her vivid descriptions. When Adam Snow was first approaching the White House area, not only could I see the sky, foliage, and gate, but I could feel the breeze and smell the wet of the surrounding woods. Cameron Stewart's narration is perfect.

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Not Bad

I saw the title and had a long car ride. I wanted a ghost story to listen to and it started out strong. Unfortunately it didn't stay that way. It's not a bad listen if your looking for something to kill time, but the ending is more than a bit disappointing and I was really hoping it'd go somewhere less obvious. But don't take my word for it, like I said if you have time to kill and want to hear a little ghost story give it a shot.

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One of Hill's best ghost stories

Better than woman in black, IMO this is Susan Hill's best ghost story. It is unfortunately short and will not a feature film make but it surely thrills better than some of her newer work.

The narrator is masterful and evoked just the right atmosphere. All in all a fantastic purchase.

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A Good Yarn

Typical but interesting Ghost story. Excellent narration. Held my attention but not exactly what I would call spooky. Mostly a literary work punctuated by ghostly events. Worth a read/listen. I do enjoy this author.

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Left some questions

I wish it had been more lengthy, and more detailed in some parts. I loved the narrator, and overall I enjoyed the story.

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  • Jo
  • 09-08-11

Definitely small

As stories go this was not the most exciting I have ever heard, and I'll probably not listen to it again. I'm not sure if it is the actual story or the narrator that I had problems with although it might be that both combined to make a drab listen. At times the narrator seemed to have an almost monotone to his voice, whilst the story was like being hand lead through a bowl of rather thick porridge. Small is the right word for this listen, small excitement, small plot and small interest are rather on the generous side.

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  • Kaggy
  • 02-09-14

Another great ghost story

I love Susan Hill ghost stories and this is a very good one. I love the fact you can listen to this in one sitting and thus maintain the atmosphere. Dim the lights, close the curtains and prepare to enjoy yourself.

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  • Karen
  • 10-31-11

Not Susan Hills best

I absolutely adore The Woman In Black by Susan Hill so I downloaded this in great anticipation
I made the mistake of not noticing it was only a three hour or so audio (I prefer at least a 10 hour one) but never the less I thought its Susan Hill its still bound to be great . However for me it was a disappointment. There were parts of the story that were built up to be relevant ( like the trip to the monastry) only to turn out just to be a means to an end. Yes it was supposed to be a ghost stort but it had none of the tension & atmospheric punch of T W I B Waste of a credit for me I,m afraid

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  • Mandy Tout
  • 05-21-15

A perfect ghost story

So beautifully read - 5 stars not enough. Hard to say much without a spoiler, but there is nothing better than a garden gone wild to unnerve the listener.

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  • jill middlemas
  • 01-11-15

Awesome little story

Very sppooky and kept you guessing i keep missing the end as i keep falling asleep but thoroughly enjoyed it so far

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-24-14

Atmospheric

Where does The Small Hand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a good ghost story, but predictable. I could guess what might happen next but it was well put together with an excellent narrator who really brought the characters to life. So I would rank it easily in my top 10 ghost stories.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was some what predictable, so I wasn't especially astonished. However it was an ending that gave the story a sense of closure and left you feeling satisfied.

What does Cameron Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought Cameron Stewart was an excellent narrator who really put an effort into giving each character their own personality and bringing them to life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Parts of the book were particularly spooky and did make you wonder if what Adam was experiencing was real or just a part of his imagination.

Any additional comments?

It would have been better if there were sound effects added.

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  • janien
  • 04-15-18

A wonderful gothic ghost story

I adore anything Susan Hill and this together with her other short ghostly stories are well worth listening to. Overall a great presentation.