I am a huge fan of the writer Sarah Waters. When the BBC series ‘Tipping the Velvet’ first appeared on our screens, I rushed out and got the book. I was not disappointed! The next book ‘The Fingersmith’ is a real twisty adventure ingeniously plotted (extremely far-fetched) but so clever – I found myself applauding!
‘Affinity’ set in a women’s prison in the Victorian era is very atmospheric and has an over all strangeness and darkness to it. Prison and seances make for a chilling combination. This was also televised, and was I thought, a very decent translation of the book.
The Nightwatch was the only book which I didn’t like. This one is set in war-time Britain. All Waters books feature same sex relationships. But they are not at the cost of the story (though obviously important to the plot). Although I finished Nightwatch I didn’t enjoy it as much as the others. – though that may also be down to it being set in the war time era. However, I really am looking forward to watching Nightwatch the 90 minute period drama which will be shown on BBC Two 12th July 2011 as I’ve greatly enjoyed all the other ones. Wonderfully gifted writer as she is, I do feel that Waters work translates really well to screen too.
Now ‘The Little Stranger’ is completely different again. It’s a ghost story (of sorts) and there’s a real shut in feel to the old house that holds you a prisoner in there amidst its secrets. I liked this book very much even though……………… well, you will have to read the book, but I promise it shall be worth it.
This post was originally on my other blog echostains