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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014: It is 1922, in a genteel house in a genteel neighborhood just outside of London. Here, the widowed Mrs. Wray and her 26-year-old daughter, Frances, pass each day very much like the day before--with Frances busying herself with household chores, maybe a bit of needlepoint, and her mother nibbling on a lunch of cauliflower cheese while making notes for the parish newsletter. In less skilled hands, such prolonged stage-setting would test even the most patient reader. But in Waters', it’s mesmerizing, with every small but evocative detail serving to transport you further into this place and time. Take a deep breath as you're reading, because as soon as you are you lulled into the calm cadence of these lives, the Wray's tenants--the "paying guests" they have taken in to help with the bills--turn everything topsy-turvy, and by the novel's conclusion, you have gone from straight-up period piece, to love story, to edge-of-your-seat crime thriller (and not the American kind "with a plot full of holes" that the Wrays suffer through on picture-house Wednesdays). For a story set just after WWI, some of the themes Waters touches on are surprisingly contemporary. History does repeat itself sometimes, and so it goes for Sarah Waters, with yet another masterful novel. --Erin Kodicek

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"Marvellous--warm and hot and tender and terrible." --National Post
"Waters is so confident--and, line by line, her writing so beautiful, precise and polished - that she sweeps all before her. . . . [I was] helplessly pulled along by the magnetic storytelling. Twice in the last few pages I shouted aloud - though whether in joy or horror I will not tell you. Sarah Waters skilfully keeps you guessing to the end." --The Guardian
"One of the year's most suspenseful novels...a love affair, a shocking murder, and a flawless ending." --Entertainment Weekly
"Both a beautifully delineated love story and a darkly suspenseful psychological novel. . . . The reader is in for a seriously heart-pounding roller-coaster ride." --Washington Post


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  • File Size: 2061 KB
  • Print Length: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (September 16, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00INIQUOQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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