The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters

I’m certainly not the first to acknowledge this, but Sarah Waters is a genius.  Her writing style is beautiful and her every book is compelling.  It’s a unique skill to combine classic prose with such a strong storyline.  The Little Stranger is a can’t-put-it-down-page-turner, but unlike many other page-turners, you aren’t left feeling cheated and slightly dirty afterwards because Waters’ writing is as satisfying as the tale.

The Little Stranger weaves an observation on social class into a modern-era gothic novel. It is set in rural post-war England where across the country aristocratic families’ fortunes are in decline.