RIP Readalong – The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

When I realized that my favorite challenge of the year, my favorite reading challenge EVER was nigh upon us, I also realized I wanted Estella to host a readalong. I checked with Carl, who was graciously onboard, then I consulted with Andi. We knew one thing for certain. We needed a break from classics. As I hemmed and hawed, Andi emailed me one sentence. “What about The Little Stranger?”

And it was on like Donkey Kong.

About the Book:

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at 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, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. Its owners – mother, son and daughter – are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own.

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.

Prepare yourself. From this wonderful writer who continues to astonish us, now comes a chilling ghost story.

We’ve decided to keep this loosey-goosey. It starts September 1st, just as RIP starts. We’ll meet up here, to discuss around the halfway point, on September 10th, and end on the 17th. The book may look long, but I promise, it’s a quick read if you can get into it. And honestly, I don’t see how you can’t get into it. The audiobook is read by Simon Vance. I’ve already listened to some of it and can tell, it’s going to be a stellar listen. So download it, plug in, crack open that spine and join us starting September 1st.

Let us know if you’ll be joining us!

44 thoughts on “RIP Readalong – The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

  1. Yes! I have had this book on my shelf for nearly a year but this post makes me want to start reading it now! I hope my enthusiasm doesn’t wane before the 1st September!


    • Katie, we hope your enthusiasm doesn’t wane either! I read it year before last and LOVED it. I’m very much looking forward to a re-read. Thinking I might have to spring for it on audio this time. :)


  2. I’m having trouble believing it’s almost September but the calendar does confirm that fact. Sheesh. I haven’t even thought about what to read for RIP yet but The Little Stranger is an excellent choice. If I can get a copy of the audiobook at my library I’ll be joining you.

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  5. Ok, I’m in. And hopefully with me will come the rest of The Council and MORE hopefully you won’t ask us to leave because of the gifs and the snark!

    (But we all love Sarah Waters, so.)

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  7. I’m in! I’m so excited about this read along! I’ve been wanting to read The Little Stranger for ages and this is perfect timing! Can’t wait!

  8. Yay! This will be my third read-along. I had so much fun reading Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards books with other bloggers that I’ve been on the lookout for another interesting read-along. This looks like the one for me!

  9. Oh wonderful! This is great for me, because I’ve had The Little Stranger for ages – along with two other Waters’ books that I haven’t read yet. She’s one of those authors I always buy books by, simply because I loved Fingersmith so much, but then I never find the time to read them! It’s good to get a prod. 😉

  10. I wish I had more time for rereads because this is my total favorite Sarah Waters! I’ll be coming around to see what everyone thinks (although I hate when anyone doesn’t love it!). Hopefully most of you enjoy it. :)

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  16. Oh, crap. How did it get to be September already?! I planned to join in on this group read and only just now got the audio from my library. I’m in the middle of another audio (The Passage), so I guess I’ll have to read this one on my own and chat about it later.

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