The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

(Forgive me cleaning out my 2019 book reviews, half of which I had written and never posted.)

Read for the May theme (set in a country you’ve never been to) of the 2019 ONTD Reading Challenge | The Little Stranger on Goodreads 

Moving on from my dismal March books, plodding through April just because I felt worn out from March, the May selection that I made for the ONTD book club was such a nice change of pace. It seems crazy to say that about a 466 page book, but I moved through it way more quickly than some of the previous books, which were half the size. 

I really loved settling into the world of the book and the characters with whom the narrator becomes somewhat obsessed. If I had known at the time I picked this book up that it was by the author of Fingersmith – another really excellent and long book, I might have predicted that I would enjoy the winding path of the story. I thought for sure it was gone one way or I would be sympathetic to certain characters and then wind up on the side of another.

Recommend? I don’t want to give anything away, but I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys atmospheric novels that really create a world around you that feels lived in and familiar, even if you’ve never encountered such a place or a time. If you love puzzling through mysteries and aren’t looking for a page-turner with clear and simple resolutions, this is definitely one you should pick up.

To Read: One down, the rest of Sarah Waters catalog to go. (2 out of 5 done, if we’re keeping score.)