“A virtuoso writer…If you want a ghost story
that creeps up your spine, The Little
ghost story as intelligent as it is stylish.”
Haunted by the spirits of Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe…Waters is just one turn of the screw away from ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.’ She keeps the lightening flashing in every gloomy chapter, and you can’t help but gasp, ‘It’s alive!’
The Washington Post
Completely absorbing…I wanted to linger in that fictional world, page by page, chapter by chapter.
A virtuoso writer…If you want a ghost story that creeps up your spine, The Little Stranger delivers.
The Seattle Times
In The Little Stranger, Hundreds Hall serves as a perfect symbol of the postwar erosion of Britain’s class hierarchies, but it also, increasingly, transforms into a scheming, deadly character…Waters, a master at stoking anticipation, withholds the truth about her ghost until the final pages. By then we already strongly suspect its identity, but the confirmation is subtle, surprising, and deeply, deeply chilling.
A stunning haunted house tale whose ghosts are as horrifying as any in Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Few authors do dread as well as Waters. Her latest novel is a ghost story with elements of both ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and Brideshead Revisited. This spooky satisfying read has the added pleasure of effectively detailing postwar village life, with its rationing, social structures, and gossip, all on the edge of Britain’s massive change to a social state.
Waters has managed to write a near-perfect gothic novel while at the same time confidently deploying the form into fresher territory. It’s an astonishing performance, right down to the book’s mournful and devastating final sentence.
Laura Miller, Salon.com
Waters creates an atmosphere of quiet dread that’s unnerving and compelling.
With its subtly orchestrated suspense and spot-on portrayal of English class divisions, Waters’s literary ghost story delights.
A marvelous and truly spooky historical novel.
The Boston Globe
Rich with historic detail and slow, deliberate building toward the revelation of its secrets, [The Little Stranger] delights even as it leaves you unnerved.
The Miami Herald
Like the gloomy English weather, an air of impending doom lingers over every chapter of The Little Stranger…an up-all-night page-turner that provides a cogent dose of social commentary.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The #1 book of 2009…Several sleepless nights are guaranteed.
Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
A classic gothic page-turner.
Wonderfully evoked…Waters has rendered the old house magnificently in its fading glory, and its in habitants sparkle like chandeliers in the damp, peeling rooms…Sarah Waters is an excellent, evocative writer, and this is an incredibly gripping and readable novel.
The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
“Sarah Waters is an
excellent, evocative writer, and this is an incredibly gripping and readable
New York Times Book Review
“Few authors do dread
as well as Waters…This spooky, satisfying read has the added pleasure of
effectively detailing postwar village life, with its rationing, social
strictures, and gossip, all on the edge of Britain's massive change to a social