Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Posted for reader Kaye:

This story is set in the year 1922 in London. It is after the war and is a very hard time for people. Soldiers are home from the war, disillusioned from the war and the condition of the country. Unemployment is high, jobs are scarce, and so is money and food.

This is a story of a well to do family that has fallen on hard times. Both sons are killed in the war. Their servants all leave them for jobs in the factories during the war that pay more money. The father of the family also dies, and his widow learns he has made poor investments and has lost most of their wealth. The spinster daughter, who has never worked, has taken over the jobs of the servants.

After selling off the grandfather clock, silver, etc., the daughter converts three rooms of their rapidly degrading home into an apartment to rent out. The young couple who rents the apartment will change all their lives in just a few months. 

A love story unfolds; a murder and a sensational trial follows. The unexpected end to the trial will keep you reading to the end.

The author does a wonderful job of describing the homes. the scenery, the costumes for this time period. She makes you feel you can see the characters and know them also. I loved this book and look forward to reading more by her!

Final Silence is due out September 16, 2014.


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