Here’s a frightening tale for readers who prefer old-fashioned ghost stories to splattergore, monsters, or serial killers. Waters weaves together several Gothic touches (a crumbling mansion, family madness, and secrets) along with plenty of suspense and atmosphere. Toss in an unreliable narrator for good measure, and you’ve got a very House on Haunted Hill-esque Halloween treat!
It’s no wonder this novel was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize–Waters’ prose is elegant and literary, and she has that rare ability to completely draw a reader inside the world she creates. Fans of historical novels will also appreciate this story, and how Waters is able to use Gothic storytelling to illuminate and explore the uncertainty of the old aristocracy in post-World War II Britain.
Rather than give anything else away, let’s let Sarah Waters explain The Little Stranger herself. Enjoy!