The Little Stranger

by Sarah Waters

McClelland & Stewart | May 5, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Little Stranger is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 6.
From the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of The Night Watch and Fingersmith comes an astonishing novel about love, loss, and the sometimes unbearable weight of the past.

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to see a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the once grand house is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its garden choked with weeds. All around, the world is changing, and the family is struggling to adjust to a society with new values and rules.

Roddie Ayres, who returned from World War II physically and emotionally wounded, is desperate to keep the house and what remains of the estate together for the sake of his mother and his sister, Caroline. Mrs. Ayres is doing her best to hold on to the gracious habits of a gentler era and Caroline seems cheerfully prepared to continue doing the work a team of servants once handled, even if it means having little chance for a life of her own beyond Hundreds.

But as Dr. Faraday becomes increasingly entwined in the Ayreses’ lives, signs of a more disturbing nature start to emerge, both within the family and in Hundreds Hall itself. And Faraday begins to wonder if they are all threatened by something more sinister than a dying way of life, something that could subsume them completely.

Both a nuanced evocation of 1940s England and the most chill-inducing novel of psychological suspense in years, The Little Stranger confirms Sarah Waters as one of the finest and most exciting novelists writing today.

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Published: May 5, 2009

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1551993392

ISBN - 13: 9781551993393

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant writer Addictive and beautifully written. Every word counts.
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The little stranger Very interesting very good read.
Date published: 2014-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Little Stranger Good gothic haunting novel. Plenty of suspense, a spooky old house, great characters and a well written example of intellectual-medical-delusional-sexist snobbery, which I'd like to say has evolved significantly from the time period it's written in, but in my experience that particular cultural dinosaur is alive and well.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The little stranger I will not read another book by this author. This is my second one, and I find them to be very long and anti-climatic. It had a great base for a story, but was not taken to its full potential.
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Surprised this is so highly rated I'm quite nonplussed to read the other reviews here. I just finished this and found it to be badly in need of editing. There was a lot of unnecessary cogitation about whether and when Faraday would go up to Hundreds for another visit. And once there some of the visits were interminably tedious. Faraday himself is one of the most humourless narrators I've ever encountered and quite disingenuos to boot: he confesses to Caroline at one point that he thought of nothing else but her while he was away; and yet during all the time, he never deigns to share these passionate thoughts with the reader. Actually, I found his "courtship" with Caroline to be quite passionless. And I didn't find the "scary" bits the least bit scary. Not my cup of tea. Sorry.
Date published: 2010-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT i enjoyed the "feel" of the old house and the characters were well developed-i like Sarah Waters-she makes her stories different
Date published: 2010-04-24

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Kobo eBookThe Little Stranger

The Little Stranger

by Sarah Waters

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: May 5, 2009

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551993392

ISBN - 13: 9781551993393

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From the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of The Night Watch and Fingersmith comes an astonishing novel about love, loss, and the sometimes unbearable weight of the past.

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to see a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the once grand house is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its garden choked with weeds. All around, the world is changing, and the family is struggling to adjust to a society with new values and rules.

Roddie Ayres, who returned from World War II physically and emotionally wounded, is desperate to keep the house and what remains of the estate together for the sake of his mother and his sister, Caroline. Mrs. Ayres is doing her best to hold on to the gracious habits of a gentler era and Caroline seems cheerfully prepared to continue doing the work a team of servants once handled, even if it means having little chance for a life of her own beyond Hundreds.

But as Dr. Faraday becomes increasingly entwined in the Ayreses’ lives, signs of a more disturbing nature start to emerge, both within the family and in Hundreds Hall itself. And Faraday begins to wonder if they are all threatened by something more sinister than a dying way of life, something that could subsume them completely.

Both a nuanced evocation of 1940s England and the most chill-inducing novel of psychological suspense in years, The Little Stranger confirms Sarah Waters as one of the finest and most exciting novelists writing today.

About the Author

Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has a Ph.D. in English. Sarah has won a Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and was twice shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Sarah's novel Fingersmith won the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger Award for Historical Crime Fiction and the South Bank Show Award for Literature. Both Fingersmith and The Night Watch were shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes. In 2003, Sarah was named Author of the Year by the British Book Awards, The Booksellers' Association and Waterstone's Booksellers. Sarah was also chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. Sarah's novels Tipping the Velvet, Affinity and Fingersmith have all been adapted for television. Sarah Waters lives in south London.