I’m slightly ashamed to say this is the only book by Sarah Waters that I have read, though I have 2 others sitting on my bookshelves that I must pick up. The Paying Guests is brilliant. Set in south London in 1922, it’s the story of Sarah, a ‘spinster’ who lives at home alone with her mother after her brothers have all been killed in the war. To make ends meet, they take in lodgers – paying guests. Lilian and Leonard Barber, a ‘modern couple’, move in to the quiet home and their arrival begins to cause disturbances in more ways than one. There’s a big gear change to the story halfway through when it takes a turn that you’re really not expecting. Sarah Waters writes beautifully, paces the story superbly and continues to hold the tension throughout. Great book.