Reanimate | Printer’s Devil Court | A Review

This is my last review of November, and, as of Sunday, we’ll officially be in the final month of 2019 – wow!

Today I’m reviewing on of Susan Hill’s short gothic stories, set during a bleak November evening in London, this book will have you looking over your shoulder all evening.


A chilling ghost story by the author of The Woman in Black.

One murky November evening after a satisfying meal in their Fleet Street lodgings, a conversation between four medical students takes a curious turn and Hugh is initiated into a dark secret. In the cellar of their narrow lodgings in Printer’s Devil Court and a little used mortuary in a subterranean annex of the hospital, they have begun to interfere with death itself, in shadowy experiments beyond the realms of medical ethics. They call on Hugh to witness an event both extraordinary and terrifying.

Years later, Hugh has occasion to return to his student digs and the familiar surroundings resurrect peculiar and unpleasant memories of these unnatural events, the true horror of which only slowly becomes apparent.

Star Rating3.5 Stars

It seemed fitting that I listened to this on the train when it’s dark and miserable outside. It’s the perfect spooky story for this time of year.

I’ve never read any of Susan Hill’s previous work and have been working my way to reading probably her most famous book, The Woman in Black, so finding this on the library audio app seemed a perfect start to her gothic books.

I was not disappointed!

It flits between two time frames; the past and the shocking discovery and the present, when the slightly older main character comes back and finds out that the unpleasant dream or memory was in fact true and actually happened!

For such a short read I was enthralled throughout and that ending, I mean wow! What a shocker! (For me anyways…)

A pretty great start to Susan Hill’s gothic reads and I’m excited to finally get some time to pick another of hers to read, any recommendations?

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR pile?

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