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!