Fingersmith Author:Sarah Waters Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a "baby farmer," who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves--fingersmiths--for whom this house in the heart of a mea... more »n London slum is home.
One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives--Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of--passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum. With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways...
But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.« less
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Awesome book! I happened upon it unexpectedly, and only knew that there was another title by the same author I had on my WL and so read this one. It is a gripping story, told from the point of view of an unexpected character--a London small-time thief in Victorian times. The plot turns are unexpected each time and the story draws you in and makes you feel you are truly living it along with the story's two main female characters. It is a great example of historical fiction, and a great mystery tale as well. Definitely a must read.
The best novel I've read in a while. It's a story worthy of Dickens with so many plot twists and long buried secrets that just when you think you know what's going to happen, everything changes. This one kept me up biting my fingernails through the last few chapters.
i love this author,she is genuine in her research and it shows in her books. But this book should have been about 100 pages shorter.
the story is hard to describe as it is one con after the other.you never know who to believe and who is conning who. a delicious read due to the detail to the historical dress,places and times.
This is a great read. This story has more twists and turns than a roller coaster. It takes place in Victorian times and is so vivid that you feel you have been there. The writing just grabs your attention and won't let you put the book down. If you like a suspenseful book then you will like "Fingersmith".
Sarah Waters writes extremely well. Her descriptions and historical detail are fantastic. I have absolutely no complaints about her writing. Even the length of the book seems fine, given that it is in the tradition of the Victorian novel. I cannot give the book a purely positive rating because the story is so grim and every single character is distinctly unlikeable, with the possible exception of a single supporting character who plays a role only in the last quarter of the book. The protagonists are dreadful people, even taking into account the histories that molded them, and even Waters's wonderful skill in bringing them to life cannot redeem them. I finished the book because it was so well written, but really, I didn't much care what happened to either of the two main characters. I came to dread the next twist or turn in the plot because I knew it would reveal yet another example of how badly people can treat each other. The fact that I stuck around to the end is testament to how very talented I found the writer. I will certainly read another of her works in the hope that it will display her skill without being so terribly depressing and misanthropic.