Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

About the book

Set in 1860s London, this is the story of Susan, a pickpocket who is persuaded to pose as a lady’s maid and infiltrate the house of a young heiress. This novel explores the nature of identity and what people do with disguise.

Reviewed by Hayling Readers Group

Nominated for both the Orange and Booker prizes in 2002 this dark, compelling read set in Victorian times tells the story of two young women. Though brought up in very different circumstances their lives become firmly linked and with secrets slowly unfolding the reader is held spellbound by the sheer inventiveness of the author. with a wealth of characters the plot twists and turns but is it always believable and the reader is treated to often shocking revelations along the way.

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5 thoughts on “Fingersmith by Sarah Waters”

  1. Review by KYC Ladies
    Sarah Waters has a great gift of spinning and weaving a tangled story which holds the suspense from beginning to end. She has almost f Dickensian talent for painting the scenes and the characters. One can almost smell the filth in Lant Street and the fear in the madhouse but feel admiration for the loyalty of the people living with Mrs Sucksby. A book you just have to read to its end.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Petersfield U3A 1
    Melodrama with Dickensian roots. Most of the group found they had to read to the end even though it has an unsavoury flavour and unpleasant characters. Strong stuff.
    Star rating: **

  3. Review by Alton Library – Thursday Group
    A mixed reception. Storyline enjoyed by some, others found it difficult to believe. Some felt it rather forced and the cruelty distasteful as it the author enjoed it. Quality of writing was quite good.
    Star rating ** and 1/2

  4. Review By Parish Pump Reading Group
    A thrilling read, vividly and beautifully written. Some quite disturbing parts. A real page turner – quite Dickensian. All enjoyed this long book.
    Star rating ****

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