Daily Archives: March 6, 2015

** The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters


Capping a week of historical fiction, The Paying Guests takes place in London between the two world wars, where an impoverished widow and her energetic daughter must rent part of their house to live (this being the time where the splendid Frances cannot find a career worthy of her talents and drive). The couple who rents the house will turn out to bring romantic complications and (gasp!) murder, requiring a most inconvenient disposal of the corpse.

The stifling post-Victorian atmosphere is splendid, as is the difficult relationship between mother and daughter. I could not quite believe the love triangle, but still enjoyed the complicated cover-up.

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