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The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests
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From the bestselling author of The Little Stranger, an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London. It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South... show more
From the bestselling author of The Little Stranger, an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London.

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life—or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests is Sarah Waters’s finest achievement yet.
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Format: audiobook
Publisher: Penguin
Minutes: 21
Edition language: English
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Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
5.0 Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Put Our Service to the Test...
So I really enjoyed "The Little Stranger" and wanted to read more Sarah Waters books. I picked up "The Paying Guests" and found it hard to get into initially. Just like I did with "The Little Stranger." However, Waters takes her time building up the story and you eventually get into the rhythm of th...
eamaccready
eamaccready rated it
I really liked Sarah Waters' writing, beautiful prose. But I found the plot to this to be very cliche and predictable with characters I found to be dull and cardboard at best, and downright unlikable at worst. Because of this, I had a really hard time sympathizing with their troubles and struggles w...
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
2.0 The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests is my third Sarah Waters book and eventhough her other books aren´t perfect, at least they have been compelling reads. But this book I found to be incredibly dull and boring. The story in a nutshell: moping, moping, doing house chores, moping, more house cleaning, falling in love, ...
Evaine's Books, Books and More Books
Evaine's Books, Books and More Books rated it
2.0 The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters - My Thoughts
Thank God that's over with! I don't know what I was expecting when everyone was recommending Sarah Waters to me. More mystery-like, I think. The blurbs and all mention the world thriller, but I just don't see it. First off, I have to say that Sarah Waters does write well. She is definitely ...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
4.0 The Paying Guests
Loved the first part for the setting - historical and situational - and the psychologically true portraits; liked the somewhat arduous, plot-driven second part, and the non-ending, far less. I'm giving [b:The Paying Guests|20821087|The Paying Guests|Sarah Waters|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1396671...
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