The Review: Sarah Waters’ writing is never less than exquisite in her latest. Frances and her mother must rent out rooms to stay in their house. Enter Lilian and Leonard, a couple who will, eventually, turn Frances’s life upside-down.
The first half is a masterclass in how to write nearly 300 pages with not much going on at all; yet so much happens beneath the surface. Then, an incident happens which almost feels like a bomb exploding in a silent room. The pace picks up and things spiral downward to a conclusion which could have gone either way until the final page.
The Verdict: The pacing is often slow; it's thus a remarkable achievement that it kept me so completely absorbed in the characters' lives. Stunning.