Monday, April 11, 2011

The Little Stranger

I just finished The Little Stranger, and it was amazing! The characters are so very distinct and lovable that your heart goes out to them when things start to take a turn for the worst. My favorite character was Roderick. I felt that he was often overlooked and not appreciated by the other characters. This cannot be helped, seeing as Roderick's mind may or may not be failing him, but I'll leave that up to you to decide. About halfway through, the plot plateaus and doesn't pick up again until about three-quarters of the way through the book. Even when the plot is slowing down, The Little Stranger still manages to keep one on their toes. Hundreds Hall is a exceedingly spooky, almost reminiscent of Count Dracula's mansion in the fact that they are both mainly sealed up and blocked off. It can also be compared to The Fall of The House of Usher by E. A. Poe I would recommend The Little Stranger to anyone who enjoys spooking themselves with a good old fashioned ghost story. I would also recommend reading The Little Stranger outside and during the day. Otherwise, just try to ignore the scratching noises you hear in the walls. It's just your imagination.

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