Thursday, October 31, 2013

"This is the perfect read for someone who is looking for a more literary spooky Halloween read." ~Lucas 

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.

Lucas says:
"This is the perfect read for someone who is looking for a more literary spooky Halloween read. The Little Stranger is a great ghost story and it is also a great reflection on the collapse of British class society after WWII. The story does take a little while to get going, but the last third of the book makes reading through the sluggish beginning worthwhile.

This ghost story has all the creepy elements necessary for a proper British ghost tale: a once grand but now rundown country mansion, an eccentric family who inhabits it, and the strange events that surround the mansion and the family. Waters even manages to throw a love story into the plot. Because this is a ghost story, let me warn you that the love story part of it does not end happily ever after.

As the story progresses out of its doldrums, the reader gets to experience madness, suicide, house fires, and many many many tears of pure terror. This isn't a ghost story that will keep you up at night but it is a ghost story that will keep you thinking and wondering."

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