Currently Reading - The Small Hand, Susan Hill

This book tempted for so many reasons.  It came with a media brief that talked about it as a mystery, but it's also sub-titled "A Ghost Story", which intrigued.  And on a less intellectual level it's the most beautifully presented little hardback with a wonderfully tactile dust cover and I simply couldn't resist it.

From the Blurb:

Returning home from a visit to a client late one summer's evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow takes a wrong turning and stumbles across the derelict old White House.  Compelled by curiosity, he approaches the door, and, standing before the entrance feels the unmistakeable sensation of a small hand creeping into his own, 'as if a child had taken hold of it'.

Opening Lines:

It was a little before nine o'clock, the sun was settling into a bank of smoky violet cloud and I had lost my way.  I reversed the car in a gateway and drove back half a mile to the fingerpost.

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