BOOK REVIEW | The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests by Sarah WatersWarning, this book review contains spoilers. But don’t worry, since I’m NOT recommending you read it, you may not care anyways :)

Here’s what the summary on Goodreads says:

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.

That sounds like an interesting book, right? I’ve heard so many people say The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters was a great read. So, I bought the book and dove in. And let me just tell you, it wasn’t my cup of tea.

What the book summary doesn’t say is there’s a random lesbian love affair that begins (then ends, then begins, then ends… etc), a horribly written murder scene, and an ending that just plain made me laugh (not in a good way).

I wasn’t sure if I was reading a historical book, a sex novel, a murder mystery, or a triller. It attempted to touch on all four of those categories with no success in any of them (in my personal opinion).

As you can tell, I don’t recommend this book to others, but I’m intrigued to hear from those of you who have read it already. What did you like about it? Or do you feel the same way that I did?

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