Printer’s Devil Court by Susan Hill

Printer's Devil CourtA review by C J Dee

ISBN: 9781781253656
Format: Hardcover, 106 pages
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd (Allen & Unwin)
Rating: full starfull starfull starfull starfull star 5 out of 5

Dr Hugh Meredith’s stepson Laurie receives a manuscript written by his now deceased stepfather. The manuscript tells of Dr Meredith’s life as a London doctor before moving to the country and spending the remainder of his days with his wife and her two boys.

Laurie discovers that his stepfather wasn’t quite as boring as he originally suspected, but was a man haunted by events from his life in London surrounding life, death and beyond.

I feel I need to mention how visually beautiful the hardcover version of Printer’s Devil Court is. The cover is gorgeous. It features intricate details surrounding a haunting figure and a gold embossed title. Within the pages are quaint black and white pictures that reminded me of the illustrated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Printer’s Devil Court is a very different rabbit-hole. The story is concise. It takes precisely the amount of time to get its point across and no more. There is no fluff. There are no pointless subplots. Hill knows where she wants to take her reader and she takes the most direct route.

I was quite surprised at certain points of the story, the author having taken me down a path I had not expected. This made the journey more enjoyable and the final destination far removed from where I thought it was heading.

Recently having done a horror workshop in which the presenter raved about Susan Hill, I can see why. Stay tuned for future reviews of The Woman in Black and The Small Hand