Dr. Faraday, a bachelor with meager beginnings, is a local family doctor. Normally his clients are from or near his own socioeconomic status, so he was somewhat surprised when he was called to an increasingly run down Hundreds Hall. It is here where his mother worked as a maid in her early years. Although he was called to tend to a maid when their usual doctor is unavailable and not one of the Ayres themselves, this house call begins an ongoing association between him, the Ayres family, and Hundreds Hall. These relationships change the course of his life and the lives of everyone associated with Hundreds Hall forever.
This novel has great Gothic atmosphere. Hundreds Hall is such a wonderful setting for things that go bump in the night – or day. Despite a few sections that seem long in retrospect, this novel had my attention throughout. I wanted to know what would happen to the Ayres family, especially Roderick and Caroline. That Caroline, born to a privileged family, is not stunning beauty was a relief. This makes her more real and accessible. The name Roderick itself set the tone for me. Is there a more perfect name for a character in a Gothic novel? I think not. Best of all, he lived up to his name.
This is the first novel I’ve read by Sarah Waters. The writing is spectacular and the characters are curious and fleshed out well. The depth Waters gave to the characters and the house made the reading experience for me. Once again, my go-to narrator, Simon Vance, hits the mark perfectly. I left this novel not at all sure what really happened in the end. Sometimes that is exactly what is called for and I love it. This time, it left me on the fence. I will need to ponder it for a while. It, along with The Thirteenth Tale and The Sister, has reignited my love of Gothic novels and prompted me to buy some similar novels, though. Maybe I’m not so conflicted about The Little Stranger as I think I am. I look forward to talking to others about this novel and I can easily see myself reading it again to pick up clues to puzzle through the ending.
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