Book Review


Rating: 3.5 / 5

I added THE LITTLE STRANGER by Sarah Waters to my June TBR and then proceeded to read it in May. I have had this one on my shelf for far too long, so was just excited to finally get to it!

Set in the post-war 1940s, THE LITTLE STRANGER follows Dr. Faraday. Born the son of a maid to the Ayres family at Hundreds Hall, he is now serving as the local physician. Hundreds Hall was once a grand estate, but the family is barely holding on and the home is breaking down. The Ayres family is also in decline, now just a mother and her two grown children who are struggling themselves with the business, the home and their own lives. There is something off about the home, but it isn’t clear if there is an evil presence at work or if it is the family. Dr. Faraday is present to give a firsthand account as both the family’s physician and friend.

This is a difficult book to review because I had some mixed feelings on this one, some of that probably had to do with expectations. Based on the synopsis I expected the ‘sinister presence’ in the house to be a more prevalent part of the story line, but that comes up more once the book is well under way and it remains a relatively understated factor. This book reads to me very much like a classic with a slower pacing, but it is beautifully done. The writing is very atmospheric.

I’m also not entirely sure if I liked the ending on this one. Of course I can’t say too much without getting into spoilers. It is the type of ending that leaves the reader to make their own decisions on some things which I don’t entirely mind, but I feel like in this case I maybe wanted a bit more in the way of answers.

I am very curious to check out the film adaptation to see how that was done and I absolutely will be happy to read more from Sarah Waters.

Reading Challenges:

#ReadingWomenChallenge – a book by an LGBTQ+ author

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