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May 22, 2009 / schulerbooks

Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I have so looked forward to the release of this fifth book by Sarah Waters, after having devoured her sophomore novel Affinity, one of the best paranormal suspense stories I’ve read in years. (I honestly cannot say enough good things about Affinity – go buy it now!!!) Waters’ first titles were a trilogy of Victorian novels, begun with Tipping the Velvet, which won her comparisons to Charles Dickens and a spot on the New York Times Notable Books list in 1999.

The Little Stranger returns to the setting of her last book, Night Watch – the war-torn Britain of the 1940s. Aging bachelor Dr. Faraday provides the perspective on the central characters of the Ayres, a family of nobility now living isolated in their rundown, decaying estate. As Faraday becomes more entwined in their lives, he begins to suspect there may be a more dark force at work in the Ayres’ decline, with Waters walking the superb line between suspicion and doubt that is the hallmark of superb paranormal suspense.



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