Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Little Stranger

Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger,  is set after the Second World War in a ruined mansion called Hundreds Hall, which stands formidable and gloomy, in the English countryside; the only company that is kept there are the ghosts of the past.
Dr. Faraday, a country doctor by profession, is called back to Hundreds Hall after 30 years since his last visit there... Once there, he meets with the Ayers family and takes an immediate liking to the eldest sister, Caroline, but is perplexed by Roderick's, Caroline's younger brother, increasingly erratic behavior, while shadowy memories from the past begin to seep in...


Style

Sarah Waters delivers an atmospheric ghost story; a slow burn in the same vein as The Haunting of Hill House. It is a vivid  "portrait" of a family's slow decline into destitution and with a ghost attached to it, or ghosts (that is open to your own interpretation).


Characters

I wasn't attached or intrigued by any character specifically, rather their actions to the events that unfold around them, but if I was to pick, I would say it is Caroline, as she seems to be the strongest of the three, and the one who is more practical and reasonable.

 9/10

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