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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
2009
General Fiction with Historical Aspects
466 pages

* * * * * Recommended Reading! * * * * *
* * * * * Best of 2009 According to Bookmarks Magazine * * * * *

SPOILER ALERT!
I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful prose Waters uses to describe not only the interesting cast of characters, but also Hundreds Hall (which seems to be a character on its own.) I think I would compare it to The Haunting of Hill House, The Turn of the Screw, Rebecca, and the movie The Others. The character development was outstanding, and I loved that I gradually disliked every single character in the book, particularly Dr. Faraday. He became increasingly pathetic as the end of the story neared, ...more I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful prose Waters uses to describe not only the interesting cast of characters, but also Hundreds Hall, which seems to be a character on its own. I think I would compare it to The Haunting of Hill House, The Turn of the Screw, Rebecca, and the movie The Others. The character development was outstanding, and I loved that I gradually disliked every single character in the book, particularly Dr. Faraday. He became increasingly pathetic as the end of the story neared, particularly after he was slighted by Caroline. I like that as the reader, we do not have any difinitive answers about what happened in the house, so I would love to hear opinions. Do you think Faraday only THOUGHT he loved Caroline b/c he also became consumed by the house? Was there really a spirit? If so, was it the spirit of Susan? Caroline's final word was "YOU." Who do you think she saw? Do you think her death was of her own accord or do you suspect foul play?

Oh, one other thing. Even though the book was set in the 1940s, I found myself constantly thinking that the setting seemed much more 19th century. Did anyone else have that feeling? Perhaps it was the language, perhaps it was the state of Hundreds Hall, perhaps it was the lifestyle of the Ayers family.




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