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05 November 2014

Sarah Waters: The Paying Guests

Relationships, Deceit and Tragedy
At first I didn't know what to make of this book but as it unfolded I got immersed in a story of unusual relationships and the tragic results of deceit.

Widowed Mrs Wray and her 26 year old single daughter Frances are impoverished after WWI and in 1922 are forced to take in boarders as "Paying Guests". The first guests are a slightly eccentric but not very loving young married couple, Lillian and Len Barber. At first Frances, still suffering from the loss of her brother in the war, keeps her distance but slowly finds herself  emotionally attracted to Lillian.

While the start of the book was pretty slow as the story evolved I got more fascinated with the relationships, the lies, the tragedy and eventually the unexpected ending. Great reading - well recommended.

Many thanks to The Reading Room and the publisher for a copy of this book for review. This review is posted by MonicaD

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