Sarah Waters offers an intriguing blend of mystery and suspense, secrets and betrayal in her evocative Victorian underworld page-turner.
London, 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her ‘family’ of unwanted babies turned artful dodgers - ‘fingersmiths’. When one of Mrs Sucksby’s scams places Sue as a lady’s maid to an orphan-heiress in a sprawling Gothic mansion, the narrative explores even darker corners, among the pinched corsets and rustling skirts of Victorian England.
About the AuthorSarah Waters’ novels have won the Betty Trask Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize.
The fact that Fingersmith received a lot of positive attention actually made me a bit anxious
Waters spins an absorbing tale that withholds as much as it discloses
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