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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
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Apr 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction-spooky-horror-etc

I liked this book a lot (but not as much as Fingersmith). It gave me terrible nightmares as Stephen King's blurb said it would, though while reading it I didn't feel terrified the way I did reading The Shining. I think it is because the writing is lush and beautiful, so the story seeps into the subconscious as opposed to grabbing by the lapels the way King does (not a criticism of King; I like both methods of scaring). I believe I was reading this at the exact right time: during the week of the wedding royale. And I have to say that while I liked the Ayers family (especially old Mrs.), I did take delight (as I believe I'm meant to) in watching the post WW II aristocracy fall ill, crumble, and rot in the form of the family estate, the Hundreds.

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