The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Details: Hardcover, 564 pages
Publication: September 16th 2014 by Riverhead Books
Source: I won an ARC from Goodreads
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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.
Review: I have been meaning to read something by Sarah Waters for years. So when I won The Paying Guests from Goodreads, I was surprised and super excited. As soon as I finished my library books, I picked this up and couldn’t put it down.
It was a little slow at first, but it was so well written and I found the characters so interesting that I didn’t mind that it was slow. It wasn’t long before I was completely pulled in and I needed to keep reading to know how it would all end.
I own Tipping the Velvet and hope to get to it soon. I will also be buying the rest of Sarah Waters books in the future. If the rest of her books are as good as this one, I may have new favorite author.
Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read The Paying Guests and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.