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Not one of her best unfortunately
on 13 March 2017
An interesting read but as a huge fan of other books by Sarah Waters (eg Fingersmith, Tipping The Velvet, The Paying Guests) I must admit I was disappointed with The Little Stranger. I really love her style of writing and hate being negative but I really was disappointed by this story. As always her writing flows well and transports you to the setting so that you can almost see the characters and the locations, which is a brilliant skill. Set in post-war rural Warwickshire she perfectly captures the changing class system and the effects of social change, bringing the setting of Hundreds Hall brilliantly to life in all its vivid falling-down state. I love her other books but this one just didn't do it for me. I didn't take to the main character from fairly early-on, although a man of his time and so is probably well represented. When the paranormal events started happening it became exciting and intriguing, it really felt like it was building up to something big for the end, but actually, in my opinion, was a bit of a lame ending - maybe I'm missing something, but to me I was really disappointed at the ending. When I've read 499 pages of a book, expecting a big ending (be it paranormal or psychological in nature) I expect to put the book down feeling everything has come together at the end and wanting to read it all again - like with Tipping The Velvet or Fingersmith - but for me this just didn't happen unfortunately. I'm glad to see others enjoyed the book, it just wasn't for me, although it won't stop me reading more Sarah Waters in future, I'm hoping this was just a book that didn't suit me. I would highly recommend Sarah Waters for her incredible skills as a writer, but maybe not this book, try Fingersmith, Tipping The Velvet or The Paying Guests instead, especially if this is your first encounter with her writing.