The Little Stranger
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"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.
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In the best sense. Not her best, perhaps (Affinity!), but certainly a welcome addition to an impressive and ever-refining sensibility.
I guess I liked it
I don't think this novel is anywhere close to how great "The Night Watch" was.
I liked the social issues this novel portrayed, the imagery, and the symbolisms used.
However, I often found the unreliable narrator irritating, missing the obvious so often. Maybe I'm supposed to find him annoying.
Sometimes the plot drifted into being too much of a haunted house story. I'm not into that.
Nonetheless, once I got about halfway through, I couldn't put it down. I'll continue to read everything she writes.
Worth reading but...
It was enjoyable and certainly had it's high points, but it should have been about 400 pages instead of 500...long-winded writer. A little anticlimactic at points but overall good. Like "Grey Gardens" set in England.