Author(s): Sarah Waters
Now a major motion picture starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
'Sarah Waters's masterly novel is . . . gripping, confident, unnerving and supremely entertaining' Hilary Mantel
In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners - mother, son and daughter - struggling to keep pace. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.
There’s some shared DNA between this book and works of Poe or du Maurier. It’s creepy in a sort of delicious campfire ghost story way; evocative, thrilling, and intensely readable. Waters has a real gift for bringing history to life, and the brilliant storytelling makes it easy to see why this book is one of her most lauded works. –Steph, The Book Grocer