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.
Star rating: none given