"I have been waiting a few years for Waters to come out with a new book after her incredible "The Little Stranger". Her new novel is a fluid, emotionally intelligent book that demands attention and rewards the reader with a brilliant, sad, and troubling depiction of the course of true love not running smoothly (to say the least.) . England is reeling from the devastating impact of the Great War and it's citizens are struggling to reassemble their lives with some dignity. Twenty-six year old Frances Wray and her widowed mother are living in war ravaged England and are forced to take in lodgers in order to make ends meet. Against their better judgement, the Wrays take in Leonard and Lillian Barber, a brash and volatile couple who's marriage is unraveling. Dark secrets, a doomed affair, and an eventual murder trial are to follow. Waters is a beautifully atmospheric writer and her understanding of human psychology creates characters with such depth, it is a times a bit disconcerting! A captivating read."
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