The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger 1

by Sarah Waters

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/08/2018

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The brilliant and chilling new novel from Sarah Waters - shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009.

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall.

Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners - mother, son and daughter - struggling to keep pace. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

ISBN:
9780349011431
9780349011431
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
28-08-2018
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
200x131x33mm
Weight:
0.4kg
Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters was born in Wales. She has won a Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and her books have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize.

Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith and The Night Watch have been adapted for television. Sarah Waters has been named Author of the Year four times: by the British Book Awards, the Booksellers' Association, Waterstone's Booksellers and the Stonewall Awards. She lives in London.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating

3 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Great story - shame about the ending

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    I feel brave to have read this. I love a novel about a crumbling country mansion where the outside is creeping inside, where the walls are crumbling around those living there, a house with a presence, ooh and a dark secret at its core.

    This book has all those and more. The creep factor is there from day one as a doctor heads to the house having first visited as a young boy. He was astounded them but fearful of the decay since. From the opening chapter, strange things begin to happen. The family although damaged and virytutally penniless are determined to stay on, cling on to the house. Roderick, the man of the house, hears strange voices and sees things move. He’s a war veteran but is his mind addled by something much worse.

    The doctor soon gets involved by visiting the house, caring about those inside and wondering like everyone else who will inherit once the family are gone. They are old, damaged unmarried – only one woman of marriageable age remains

    I admit I didn’t get the ending at all. Apparently there isn’t one. Well, it’s open to interpretation according to other reviews and sources I’ve since read. But I have my own thoughts and I’m still creeped out. The writing was evocative and the house very creepily whispers from every page. I read this on a windy day with the rustling of the leaves and the whistles through the trees. Better than Dolby surround sound!

    Atmospheric although I hope there’s a cinema who lets you watch the film version of this with the lights on!I just hope the ending is clearer in the film version!