The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger

by Sara Waters

Arlene Almas: I'll go along with Judy on this one - a bit of a slog at the beginning, but then I was drawn in. Towards the end I was actually frustrated with the characters and wanted to shout to them, "Sell this monstrous old house, move somewhere normal, and everything will be fine!" But then it wouldn't be the Gothic mystery/thriller it is.
Rating: ***

Judy Stanton: If you like historical fiction and psychological intrigue, you will enjoy "The Little Stranger." It is set in rural England in the 1940s, focusing on postwar anxiety and changes facing the artistocratic class as social reform is accelerated. It took me awhile to get into the story, which I felt plodded along at the beginning. At some point, it became intriguing and action-filled and I enjoyed that section. However, I personally found it hard to relate to the sorrow evoked at the decaying of a hugs, old artistocratic home and the family within.
Rating: ***

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