With Sarah Waters I know I am in for a twist, but I’m not prepared for a suspense that has my heart in my mouth. I know it’s a historical fiction portraying the lives of women after the First World War in England—how women across all the social classes struggling to make ends meet as they lost the pillars of economic support to the war. The inhabitants of a genteel house in this novel are taking in tenants in order to support household expenses. The arrival of a young couple brings unsettling things to the house: lively music, colorful clothing, fun and laughter. But the ordinary co-existent lives have life-changing consequence that nobody would have expected. At this crucial turn of event, the book becomes a darker tale that really keeps me on the edge. Totally unexpected, so timely for Halloween—even my cat cannot keep his paws off this one!