'I raced through it, breathing fast and when I had finished had to reread parts of the wonderful early chapters. I don't like historical novels but this is the exception. I shall let a few months go by and then read it all over again with, I'm sure, undiminished pleasure' Ruth Rendall, Guardian
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.
For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be...
This is vintage Sarah Waters: beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises. It is above all, a wonderful, compelling story.
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Well up for it
Clever story, showing different ways you feel in life: in love; in fear: didn't like all the characteristics shown but in the end; I went ok good! glad it ended the way it did
Not my favourite Sarah Waters
I love Sarah Waters' books but I was really disappointed in this one. I struggled to like any of the characters so didn't really care about the outcome. The reader is incredibly slow, as is the second half of the book. I switched to double speed to skip to the end but sadly found the ending unsurprising and quite dull.
I still love Sarah Waters but, in my humble opinion, this doesn't touch The Night Watch or The Little Stranger.