My Kindle is currently busy with The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes. Less subtle than her war novel, Good Old Anna, which I mentioned recently, but wonderfully creepy.
Mr and Mrs Bunting are desperate for money, and ask no questions when a sinister man arrives at the front door, answering their advertisement for a lodger. He is not too much trouble, just sitting in his room all day, reading his Bible, especially the violently misogynistic parts of the Old Testament. Meanwhile, out in the city slums, women are being murdered by ‘The Avenger’…
The figure of the sexually thwarted religious maniac as serial killer has become commonplace in twentieth-century fiction, but does it appear in literature before this novel?
I’m only half way through at the moment, but the book is already interestingly different from the Hitchcock movie.