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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book, 28 April 2010
I finished this book last night and it damn near broke my heart. I felt such sorrow which I still feel today, that it was like a painful dull ache. I certainly never expected this when I started it, but I'm so glad I did as I would hated to have missed this book.

The story is absolutely enthralling, and I don't think there's a wasted word in the whole of the 498 pages. Dr Faraday is a wonderful narrator, and Waters describes his changing attitudes and feelings absolutely perfectly. And I have to take exception (as a 37 old) that at nearly 40, he's pushing middle age!

The book was scary, and even more so for the delayed build up; I had goosebumps countless times. What I… Read more
On Beulah Height (A Dalziel & Pascoe Novel) by Reginald Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Stays With You, 23 Jun 2009
I was going to put "haunting," but it seems a little over-used. Oh all right, it's haunting. I read it a couple of weeks ago and the ending is still in my mind.

The baking hot weather reminds you of the hot summers when you were a kid and tarmac shimmered; it's like another character in the book. The way Hill interweaves the fantasy elements of the nix, the old transcripts from Betsy Allgood and the current goings on is excellent. And Cap is back, but with better taste in whisky this time.
The Wood Beyond (Dalziel & Pascoe Novel) by Reginald Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Stormy Weather, 23 Jun 2009
I'm getting to really love the characters in these books and care about them as if they were friends. Poor old Pascoe tends to get some stick, though, both physical and mental, especially in this one. I'm really enjoying these mid-period novels and just goes to show how characters develop over time.

I love the literary allusions and loved the relationship between Dalziel and Cap Marvell, despite her taste in whisky. Yes, the WW1 connections strain credulity, but this is a novel not non-fiction.