Saturday, August 13, 2011

The little stranger - Sarah Waters

This book was recommended by one of the mum's at work and I borrowed it from the library on Sunday - love libraries, especially when they have the book I want on the shelf ready to borrow.

I know the front cover isn't very interesting but the book is...

The back cover write up is:

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall.  Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline.  It's masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine.  It's 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?

I'm really enjoying it.  A ghost story - or is it?  Who is the little stranger?  I've just met him for the first time or did I?  Maybe the brother is going mad...hmmm...I'll have to keep reading to find out.

I haven't read a ghostie story for a long time - as a child there was a series of book around that I loved to read - shame I can't remember what they were called.  Mum always said the same thing every night - "don't read that before you go to sleep, you'll have bad dreams".  Of course I read them while laying in bed and of course half way through the night I'd be awake and scared. 

Tom liked the scary books too around the same age, although "Goosebumps" was the series he read. He must be braver than me tho, because I don't ever recall him waking me up in the middle of the night scared.

Maybe I'll hand this book to him when I'm finished with "I think you'll like this".


joolzmac said...

Hello Judith

I found you at Granny's Garden and am always interested to meet fellow South Aussies. Scrolling through your posts I noticed you were reading/have read The Little Stranger. My daughter is currently reading it and is enjoying it too.
I do like a good book but time often does not permit (and I fall asleep after 2 pages at night).

Cheers - Joolz

Judith said...

Hi Joolz,
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Reading's a great source of enjoyment for me - never seem to have enough time tho. I'm in a bookclub so that means I get to read all sorts of books. Hope your daughter enjoys the rest of The Little Stranger. Cheers.

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