The Paying Guests

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The Paying Guests
576 pages; Riverhead Books
The Premise: In post–World War I London, Frances Wray and her mother are forced to rent out rooms in their home to make ends meet. Their tenants' arrival marks the end—to say the least—of the sedate life they once enjoyed.

Why The Ending Is a Stunner: This tale of forbidden sex that leads to murder closes on just the right satisfyingly sensual note.
— Dawn Raffel