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    Very dull

    I was really looking forward to reading this book as I was intrigued by time and place (England after WWI) in which the story is set. However, I found this book incredibly tedious. The first half plods along and I kept waiting for something, anything to happen. Finally something happens and the characters spend the second half dithering and moaning about the event. I did not find the two main characters engaging or likeable and few of the secondary characters were interesting. The ending was a vague non-ending leaving the outcome to the readers imagination. After slogging through what seemed like thousands of pages to find out what happened to Frances and Lillian the ending was the biggest disappointment.
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    Tense and suspenseful

    Sarah Waters writes beautifully and crafts fully believable characters. This was the first novel of hers I've read, but it won't be the last. I'm glad the story was set in the 20s -- the morals of the time inform a lot of the characters' decisions and much of the suspense of the story. It might look like a long read at first, but you'll whip right through it.
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    dissappointed

    not as good as the fingersmith
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    The Paying Guests

    Interesting but there was almost too much of a description places and of other people involved besides the main characters It was ok
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    The Paying Guests

    This story of Frances and Lillian, the guest, kept me in suspense all the way through. It takes place in the 20s and offers a glimpse into the law and order of the day, and how life with all its complications, hasn't changed much.
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