The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

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The Paying Guests Read Online Free - 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.

Title : The Paying Guests
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ISBN : 1594633118
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 564 pages


La Petite Américaine rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 16, 2014

After two years of waiting for Sarah Waters' new novel to come out, reading this actually made me want to cry a little. I don't know what to say. When a book this terrible is written by an author that we know is capable of so much more, it feels like a personal affront. After a fantastic debut an...

karen rated it ★★★★★

September 30, 2014

this is another stunner from sarah waters, who seems to be back to her full strength after the divisive The Little Stranger. this book, to me, was nearly as good as the unbeatable Fingersmith. this is her first novel set just post-WWI, and it is such a perfect setting for her to be writing in, co...

Bonnie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 23, 2014

I struggled through this book, and I DO mean struggled. I usually finish a book within three days, even one as lengthy as this one. It took me over a week to read this novel and I did not find it enjoyable. I am new to Sarah Waters though I've had her novel, Fingersmith, recommended to me in the...

Jill rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2014

Up until now, I have not read Sarah Waters. But if any of her previous books are half as compelling and page-turning as The Paying Guest, I have a big treat to look forward to in the near future. To sum it up in three words: it’s a stunner. Any exploration of the plot will spoil the carefully-cons...

Julie Christine rated it ★★★★★

September 27, 2014

Turn off the phone, unplug the television, call in sick to work. Just do it now, before you open the front cover to The Paying Guests, so you won’t have to tear yourself away later on. It’s 1922 and life in a dull London suburb has become one of drudgery and tedium for Frances Wray. Single, in he...

Matt rated it ★★★★★

April 26, 2016

Look, I can sit here all day and give you bogus reasons why I picked up Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests. It’s a lush historical novel. It’s written by a well-respected author known for her twists on that literary genre. It made just about all the top-ten lists of 2014. Yes, I could say all those...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2014

Sarah Waters wrote Fingersmith and so attained semi-divine status in 2002. I really um and ah about reading anything else by one of my 5-star authors because the only way is down. The last two from SW (The Little Stranger & The Night Watch) never reached out tentacled appendages and bade me r...

B the BookAddict rated it ★★★★☆

July 24, 2017

I felt a personal link to this story: in 1922, my Nana, Florence, was the same age as the character, Frances Wray. Two brothers, George and Edwin served in WWI and during that war; they made a reciprocal promise to each other. Nana was engaged to George but sadly, he was killed just days before t...

Dianne rated it ★★★☆☆

October 26, 2014

There is so much to like about this book. Sarah Waters slowly and exquisitely sets her scene, 1922 London after World War I. Frances Wray and her mother live in an aging home in a genteel London neighborhood. Their fortunes have suffered due to unfortunate investments and they are forced to take...

Cecily rated it ★★★★☆

October 28, 2015

SEX, fingers, blood, fingers, death, gloves, passion, feet, loss, fingers I’m guessing that got your attention. It’s also the gist of the book, though not necessarily in that order. The first half is packed with sexual tension – and release - but most reviews seem to shy away from indicating that...

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