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The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters

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The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters
by L Cafferty (Teacher) - Friday, 16 January 2015, 3:36 PM

A quite unusual book, it's not really a whodunit, rather a whodidnot.

The central characters are very vividly drawn and as with all Waters' books it's the domestic, everyday descriptions that make the novel sing.

I like Waters' characters because they are never flawless; Frances is by turns boring and a little unstable whilst Lillian is unpredictable and as we only see her through the prism of Frances' eyes it's hard to know what she is really like.

This isn't as good as some of Waters' other novels but it is excellent and now I face the long wait whilst she writes another!