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Publisher Description

Soon to be a major motion picture, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson.

"The #1 book of 2009...Several sleepless nights are guaranteed."—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly


One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive 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. Its owners—mother, son, and daughter—are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. 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 intimately entwined with his.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2009
April 30
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
480
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
3.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Bill Martin ,

Bore

I cannot believe how disappointing this book was.

06460 ,

The little stranger

Not reasonable and bizarre! Kill,kill,kill! Don't waste your time

archetype67 ,

good but disappointing for at Water’s novel

A good old fashioned ghost story set in an old decaying family home following the Second World War. Generally, I really enjoy Waters' books, but this feel short. While the period was well drawn, and the characters fitting, I never connected with them the way I did in her previous novels. I kept wanting more but everything seemed so distant. The book was in the mold of Hawthorne, Poe, and evoked shades of Brontë's Wuthering Heights, including a narrator that befriends the family and tells the tale to the audience, but again, everything seemed to be a pale echo.

For the most part Waters does a decent job with the atmosphere but I am not sure whether the rationalizing events helped or hurt the novel and unlike in some of her previous novels, Waters didn't have a twist here. Not a bad read, but somewhat disappointing.

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