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The Lodger (1912)

by Marie Belloc Lowndes

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The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes was first published in 1914 but is still relevant and intriguing today. A first-class, highly acclaimed thriller that is based on the grisly Jack the Ripper murders that occurred in Whitechapel, London twenty years before. It is a real page turner. Definitely worth a tour and available for free as an ebook at Amazon. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Nov 2, 2016 |
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
"You must bear with me, Mrs Bunting, if I seem a little - just a little - unlike the lodgers you have been accustomed to",, February 20, 2015

This review is from: The Lodger (Paperback)
This review is from: The Lodger (Paperback)
Last read this aged 13, when I loved it. Re-reading it forty years later, I still find it a jolly good read.
Set in foggy Victorian London, the novel opens with a married couple - the Buntings, previously servants and now reduced to a state of penury as they fail to find lodgers for their spare rooms. And then comes a knock at the door and their problems seem answered, with the arrival of prospective tenant Mr Sleuth - a gentleman, no less, who pays in advance and likes to read the Bible.
But in the first few pages we realise Mr Sleuth is somewhat peculiar: a man who does experiments in his rooms and demands to be left alone. And why does he go out late at night into the foggy streets?
Meanwhile London is suffering a series of Jack-the-Ripper type attacks on young women of alcoholic persuasion...
Very compelling read indeed, written in 1913. ( )
  starbox | Feb 20, 2015 |
I remember the old film, The Lodger, as being more intense and suspenseful than this. ( )
  ChewDigest | Sep 12, 2014 |
A poor couple takes a lodger into their house, at the time the town is hounted by a serial killer. The couple slowly start to wonder if their lodger is that serial killer. Are they right or not?
The tension is slowly built up and although we, readers, also suspect the lodger being the killer, we only get an answer at the end of this well-written book. ( )
  ReneH | Sep 26, 2013 |
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An elderly couple living in Victorian London struggle against despair as their small resources dwindle. When a mysterious gentleman answers their advertisement for a lodger, they celebrate. But as women begin dying at the hands of The Avenger, they start to suspect something too horrific for words. The Lodger was an immediate best-seller and became the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's first talking motion picture.

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An elderly couple living in Victorian London struggle against despair as their small resources dwindle. When an eccentric and mysterious gentleman answers their advertisement for a lodger, they celebrate. But as women begin dying at the hands of "The Avenger," they start to suspect something too horrific for words.… (more)

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