The Little Stranger

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Noeuf Sat 22-Sep-18 23:25:22

I haven't read the book so I suspect I'm missing loads of nuances.

Started very slow but was gripped by the end. Creepy.

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RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 22-Sep-18 23:26:59

Going to see it tomorrow. The book is the only one I've read of hers that I quite liked.

Doyoumind Sat 22-Sep-18 23:34:17

I read the book. I know I liked it but can't really remember what happened. I was thinking of going to see it.

Noeuf Sat 22-Sep-18 23:36:06

It's one I had to get into. A third through I was thinking 'I'm going to leave, it's so slow' but it really works - a sort of slow realisation.

I'm going to read the book and see if I'm right.

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LassWiADelicateAir Sat 22-Sep-18 23:52:28

Just seen it. Ruth Wilson was superb, all the cast were but she stood out. I read the book when it came out in paperback and really enjoyed it and found it quite creepy.

I can't find my copy but from what I remember it is a faithful adaptation.

LassWiADelicateAir Sat 22-Sep-18 23:53:29

The book is the only one I've read of hers that I quite liked

Same here.

SchnitzelVonKrumm Sat 22-Sep-18 23:59:06

Loved the book, very disappointed with the film. Too long a novel to compress into a movie, lost all the nuance. Also felt Domhnall Gleeson's performance was too toneless and obvious - will leave it there because** spoilers.


Noeuf Sun 23-Sep-18 00:06:11

Was he the doctor? We found him a bit boring from the start.

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SchnitzelVonKrumm Sun 23-Sep-18 09:46:39

Yes he's the doctor. Too obvious.

Miljah Thu 27-Sep-18 18:41:41

So, spoiler alert- was 'You!' the doctor? Don't get that! Was it his poltergeist or something?

Noeuf Thu 27-Sep-18 19:10:18

Spoiler response...

Yes we were meant to think it was Susan but it was his emotions that caused a poltergeist who lived there. I think he was responsible for Susan's death too,

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Miljah Thu 27-Sep-18 19:32:10


Womaningreen Thu 27-Sep-18 19:39:38

The book is an absolute joy, to the point I nearly didn't see the film because I didn't want to spoil it.

I did go. I would say the film was very minimal, and actually I'm not sure I'd have fully understood what was happening with Rod unless I'd read the book.

The book is so rich, they didn't need to strip it back as much as they did, they could have fitted more into the time.

I was on the web chat here, the screenwriter did a great job with Crimson Petal, but of course that was over a series.

I'm not saying the film is bad, I just wonder if it works without knowledge of the book.

MargotMoon Thu 27-Sep-18 19:46:02

I think it's one of the best film adaptations of a book I've seen. I thought it captured the tone of the book perfectly. It's not a ghost story, more a modern gothic. Ruth Wilson was perfect casting and the whole thing was exactly as I imagined it when I was reading

Mumsnut Thu 27-Sep-18 19:48:03

I haven't read the book, but very much enjoyed the film. Ordering the novel now!

thatone Thu 27-Sep-18 19:56:07

I've seen the film but not read the book. It was certainly gripping and Ruth Wilson was brilliant.

Miljah Thu 27-Sep-18 22:36:22

But did they convey, and how, that the GP's poltergeist is 'you!'?

Womaningreen Thu 27-Sep-18 22:42:43


But does anyone know for sure who "you" is?

LeftRightCentre Thu 27-Sep-18 22:48:28

The book was brilliant!

So, spoiler alert- was 'You!' the doctor? Don't get that! Was it his poltergeist or something?


Although I don't see how he could have caused Susan's death, she died from diphtheria when he was nowhere near the hall.

LeftRightCentre Thu 27-Sep-18 22:52:32

'You' is the doctor. That's why she recoiled and ran, because she had ordered him out of the house for good. And he never sees anything when he goes back to the hall after it's empty besides his own reflection. Caroline gives it away when she tells him about poltergeists and how their activity can occur when someone is very trouble or unhappy or wants something very badly, and the person in question may not even know he is doing it. She also points out, when he tells her it's Betty, that he appeared at about the same time she did.

Betty gives it away, too, when she says it was a 'spiteful ghost', who didn't want Caroline to leave but didn't want her to stay, either and wanted that house all to itself.

Noeuf Thu 27-Sep-18 23:01:44

Re Susan we only saw the film and though it was a bit 🤔 that he entered the house and broke the acorn and then became obsessed on the same day she died - mum says she was totally fine and then died 'her last happy day' so maybe we connected dots that weren't in the book.

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CountFosco Thu 27-Sep-18 23:08:30

The book is from the doctor's point of view. But he's an unreliable narrator. So how do we know that what he's telling us is the truth or just what he wants us to know. They all think there's a ghost but we don't know for definite if there is or isn't. The book is ambiguous in several ways. Not seen the film yet though.

Noeuf Thu 27-Sep-18 23:09:35

Oh we also decided that he might be acting without knowing so we think he killed the mother and locked the door but 'forgot' - likewise the writing of the 's' shapes.

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LeftRightCentre Thu 27-Sep-18 23:13:16

He is an unreliable narrator but he also never experiences the ghost even years after Caroline dies because well, he is the ghost.

In the book Susan dies from diphtheria.

Caroline at first believes Roderick might be the poltergeist but then puts two and two together that it's the doctor. She confronts him in the final time pointing out, correctly, that he would never have been attracted to her had Hundreds not been her home.

He's a seriously devious character in the book but he's unaware of it.

Womaningreen Thu 27-Sep-18 23:18:41

This prompted me to google and this is an interesting read - contains spoilers but I always think we post on Films after we've seen it?

Interesting perspective on keeping Dom in such a restrained way throughout. I'd be interested to see what's been cut.

I hope everyone who gets the book enjoys it. I love it so much and there's been a few threads on here over the years. Many of the terrifying bits just aren't in the film. I've had a few people say it's one of very books that's made them feel more scared than a scary film.

The scariest bit of the film, for me, was the locked door moving while Mrs Ayres was stuck in the nursery.

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