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Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters(1966- )
Sarah Waters was born in Neyland, Pembrokeshire, Wales. She has PhD from Queen Mary University of London. Waters lists as her literary influences A.S. Byatt, Angela Carter and John Fowles as well as writers like Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and the Brontes.

The Little Stranger: Sarah Waters is so skillful

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Caution: it is difficult to write about The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and not give anything away. This post might contain spoilers.

The Little Stranger is a book about a haunted house. Sarah Waters evokes emotion masterfully here. It’s not heart-pounding terror or a nauseated response to some gruesome revelation. She evokes dread, dread and a growing sense of anxiety that has you peering into the shadows and flinching at the creaks and sighs of your own house.

Hundreds Hall is a stately home in the English countryside, inhabited by the Ayres family. In 1949, when the story begins, the house is in near ruin, bottoming out of a slow slide to decay that started in the 20s. Three Ayreses live there now, the last of the line.

The story is told by Dr. Faraday, a local country doctor. His parent... Read More