The Little Stranger

    • 4.1 • 45 Ratings
    • £9.99

    • £9.99

Publisher Description

Now a major motion picture starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

'Sarah Waters's masterly novel is . . . gripping, confident, unnerving and supremely entertaining' Hilary Mantel

After her award-winning trilogy of Victorian novels, Sarah Waters turned to the 1940s and wrote THE NIGHT WATCH, a tender and tragic novel set against the backdrop of wartime Britain. Shortlisted for both the Orange and the Man Booker, it went straight to number one in the bestseller chart.

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

Prepare yourself. From this wonderful writer who continues to astonish us, now comes a chilling ghost story.

Simon Vance
hr min
28 May
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

Bid46 ,


I'm only half way through but Waters capacity to draw you in has me hooked - I can't wait to get into the car to hear more! I read (or listen) to engage with emotion and escape and the Little Stranger has that for me despite being a historical ghost story (a genre label I would normally avoid!) - that is down to her ability to layer a story and make the context and nuances come alive so I'm finding myself thinking about different perspectives on life immediately post second world war.

angelikka ,

ending such a let down

I was transfixed all the way through this - the reading was excellent, characterisation clear, sense of location all faultless, really enjoyable and excellent which made the ending a real let down for me. There seemed to be a hint that Faraday migh be accused of murder to get the Hall but this fell by the wayside and the reader was left to make their own mind up whether the events were real or mentally derived/paranormal. I hate that! Why cant the author have the guts to finish a story with a proper ending. I dont want to make my own mind up - I want to be told the answer and ending proper - what a cop out, i feel quite angry!

Rowena Christmas ,

Sarah Waters The Little Stranger.

Absolutely brilliant, beautifully written & beautifully read. I have been utterly captivated, going for long walks & looking for long car journeys in order to hear more.

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