The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters - My Thoughts

The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters

Thank God that's over with!


I don't know what I was expecting when everyone was recommending Sarah Waters to me.  More mystery-like, I think.  The blurbs and all mention the world thriller, but I just don't see it.  


First off, I have to say that Sarah Waters does write well.  She is definitely a talent.  But man... this book.... this effing book.  


I disliked all the characters... all of them.  Not a single one was sympathetic.  Not even the dog.  There was so much woe is me, woe is me throughout the book that it even permeated the very few moments when things were supposed to be joyful.  Now, I get that in the 1920's, right after The Great War, things were not unicorns and rainbows for impoverished, lesbian spinsters, but my Lord,  surely to God, a wee bit of happiness or even positivity or even a glimmer of HOPE shouldn't have been impossible.


I don't even know what the point was of the story other than to highlight the bleakness of existence for all these people, not just the main characters.


Well, I'm glad I made it through and I'm glad it's over.  The only reason I didn't DNF this was that so many people and places whose opinions I respect were big on it.