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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

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely 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, its owners - mother, son and daughter - struggling to keep pace. 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.

Fiction & Literature
17 September
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

Alex Gsy ,

Title & narrative work on a number of levels

Great novel that starts off as a ghost story and then seems to become something else... Yes a lot of class observations, but these are central to story and interactions between the characters.

fantosh1 ,

The Little Stranger

In a similar vein to ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurer; a house and family haunted by some sort of imagined or real watchful, malignant presence, which infects and poisons everyone.

Beautifully written, evocative of a bygone age...the story, told largely by Dr Farraday, really pulls one in.

Symeon12 ,


I would have expected more suspense, however I was lost in overly explained thoughts, feelings and so on. I was holding a breath till the last page... to no avail

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