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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
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Jan 17, 2014

liked it

Faraday is not a particularly likeable or reliable narrator but they way in which Sarah Waters writes pulls you in regardless.
I could not say that I found the ghost story 'chilling' or that it made me 'want to sleep with the light on' as some of the cover blurb would have it. However, I did find it enjoyable; I felt for the characters (except Faraday who seemed to have only one attainment in mind, and it wasn't Caroline), and could recognise some the description of old estates falling into ruin due to lack of funds for the once wealthy gentry.
Sarah Waters is immensely skilled at recreating historical periods and the shift of power and position from the old families to the nouveau riche and the 'coming men' of the working class is subtly weaved throughout the novel. A most enjoyable read, but nowhere near as good as 'Fingersmith'.

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