The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters Riverhead Trade, May 2010
4.5 out of 5 stars
You might recognize the name Sarah Waters. I reviewed her book Fingersmith (which I adore), but what put Sarah Waters on my radar was this book. The Little Stranger was recommended to me and it’s tale stuck with me in such a way that I just had to find out what else this author had to say. That’s how good this book is. Haunting, beautiful, not at all as it seems; a perfect gothic tale.
Set in the English countryside right after WWII, The Little Stranger is told from the point of view of Dr. Faraday, a local doctor. Through a random chance circumstance, Dr. Faraday is reintroduced to the Ayres Family, an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. After befriending the three members of the Ayres family and becoming fascinated with their crumbling mansion, Hundreds Hall, Dr. Faraday is slowly drawn into family secrets and lies. Quickly you find out that the Ayres family is crumbling right along with Hundreds Hall. Full of intrigue and haunts, this story builds up in a slow burn that will leave you up at night with your mind wandering the floors of Hundreds Hall.
Happy haunting, bring a jacket Hundreds Hall is chilly,