This is a ghost story of the good old fashioned variety. It's subtle, clever and very well written. It's the only audiobook where I had to go back and listen to it again as soon as I finished it, with the second listen as enjoyable as the first.
"The Little Stranger - a good read"
I enjoyed this book. It is well written, the characters are believable and the narration is very good.
The story is set just after the second world war and follows an upper middle class family on harder times, as they struggle to keep their estate going in the aftermath of the war. It is told through the eyes of the family doctor who gets pulled in to their upheavals. What makes this book interesting however, is the combination of British social history intertwined with hints of the supernatural that may or may not be affecting all involved. As is often the way of the supernatural, it leaves you wondering just what did happen, but the author does tie the story up well at the end.
I had not come across this author before, but downloaded this as the book had had a number of good reviews. I am happy to add my review and will certainly be reading another Sarah Waters. The interview at the end with Sarah Waters is also worth the listen.
"Another great choice"
A great listen - perhaps a little long-winded but a great listen. I will definitely go on to give Sarah Waters' other books a try.
"Spooky Goings on in 1950s Warwickshire"
I am a Sarah Waters fan but it took me a while to get into this one, as it has a very slow start. However, it is one of those books that gets gradually under your skin and when you have finished you feel almost as though you have known the people in it.
The house in the novel is one of the characters too.
The narrator is (deliberately) a dull person and I got a bit annoyed with him. But the story would not work without him. I did not find this a scary book, but it generates more a sense of rrising unease. There is much here about the English class system and the passing of an upper class way of life, as the post war period gives way to our modern age.
"Really recommendable read"
Probably the best audiobook I have listed to so far. It is very atmosferic and often quite scary. I reads like a classic and in reality it is quite a modern book. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book.
This is an absolute classic. Caught the atmosphere of the time well. Not the usual horror, not gruesome, but left enough to the imagination to instil questions in the listeners mind. Only bad point -wanted to shake the doctor for his disbelieving attitude!
"Wonderfully unsettling and atmospheric"
The Little Stranger had me absolutely captivated from the very beginning. The post-war era and chilling atmosphere that Sarah Waters creates are like supporting characters in this novel, so strong are they. The characters too are well rounded and wonderfully flawed.
Some people may not like the fact that you are held in suspense all the way through the book, waiting for a big reveal which never comes, but believe me, you will think about the story long after you finish listening to it. The fact that it keeps you guessing makes it all the better in my opinion.
As for the narration, it is flawless and fits the story beautifully.
I have been looking forward to hearing this book for ages ,I'd read so much about it... something different -(which it was). But although very well narrated I found the story very dismal, I kept thinking it would brighten up a bit , but it never did.....so was all in all -very disapointed.
"Scary and gripping!"
I LOVED this, really well written. I was gripped by the storyline and simply couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to the Aires family... Doctor Faraday is easy to follow and a likeable character but I would recommend that others listen to the preview first and make sure the very 'posh' accent of the narrator is not going irritate. The author has clearly researched the historical period in depth and describes the mood of the time brilliantly. Situations and characters are so well described when I think back to the story it is like remembering a film. I had shivers own my spine listening to some parts! Spooky ending, leaves you to make you own mind up... I enjoyed this so much I have downloaded another story by the same author.
"got my attention"
Great story well told. Not over-egged but has enough detail to draw you in. Absorbing.