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After her award-winning trilogy of Victorian novels, Sarah Waters turned to the 1940s and wrote THE NIGHT WATCH, a tender and tragic novel set against the backdrop of wartime Britain.

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“A Perfect Stranger”

published 11/04/2010

beautifully written

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I was pleased last year when I heard that Sarah Waters had a new novel out and even more pleased to hear that it was a ghost story as I felt sure she would do it well. I think it's really difficult to pull off a satisfying ghost story and although I love the idea of them, those I have read I have...

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Characters developed well and captured the reader

Not as chilling as I was hoping for

I find that I tend to read things by the same authors, so when I saw this book advertised as being ‘a chilling ghost story’ I thought I would give it a try. The story is told from the point of view of Dr Faraday and begins when he is about ten years old, visiting a large old house where his...

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Packed full of tension and suspense and will keep ...

Difficult to warm to all the characters

I purchased The Little Stranger on the basis of its author, Sarah Walters. I was on my lunch break at work and being in a rush scanned the book shop shelves and her name jumped out at me. I have read all her previous books and thoroughly enjoyed them despite an occasional wince at their...

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Good characterisation, a good who-dunnit.

Slow to read.

I was given this book to read in my proof-reading job. I was very pleased to find it was an author I liked and therefore looked forward to reading this. Unlike her other books there is absolutely no reference to lesbianism in this novel. The main plot of the novel is that a doctor befriends a...

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“Not my idea of a ghost story”

published 07/07/2009

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Slow, not spooky

Very disappointed with the latest novel from Sarah Waters, whose wartime story 'The Night Watch' was unputdownable. It's supposed to be a ghost story, the tale of a haunted house, but it is very slow to start and there is never a real feel of spookiness or any vestige of explanation as to why...

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