The New York Times bestselling novel that has been called &;a tour de force&; (Wall Street Journal), &;unputdownable&; (The Washington Post), &;a delicious hothouse of a novel&; (USA Today), &;effortless&; (The Economist), &;seductive&; (Vanity Fair) and &;pitch perfect&; (Salon) &;Superb, bewitching&;Forget about Fifty Shades of Grey; this novel is one of the most sensual you will ever read, and all without sacrificing either good taste or a "G" rating&; &; NPR  &;One of the year&;s most engrossing and suspenseful novels&;a love affair, a shocking murder, and a flawless ending &; Will keep you sleepless for three nights straight and leave you grasping for another book that can sustain that high.&; &; Entertainment Weekly (A rating)&;Volcanically sexy, sizzingly smart, plenty bloody and just plain irresistible." &;USA Today (4 stars)It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa&;a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants&;life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the &;clerk class,&; the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances&;s life&;or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests is Sarah Waters&;s finest achievement yet.