If you haven’t heard of Sarah Waters, prepare to be schooled. I love Sarah Waters for some many things. First, her books are just good. So good that you go to bed thinking about the characters and wake up next to them. Her stories are always interesting with some kind of twist. They force you to look at things a little differently. And then, just when you feel really comfortable with the story…BAM she blows your mind and takes you in a different direction. So do yourself a favor and pick up a Sarah Waters book today.
That being said, Fingersmith is my favorite of her books. You will find that I cannot say too much about it without giving something away. So forgive me if my review is a little vague. But trust this bookmomma and go out and get it pronto. Then call me and let’s go get a margarita and get to talking, because I have no one to talk about this book with. You have no idea how much it is killing me. Without further adieu, here is what Fingersmith is about in a vague nutshell.
A Victorian mystery novel full of twists and turns I never saw coming. This is a tale told by 2 orphan girls brought up in totally different worlds. Susan, who is raised by a family of thieves that deal in pickpocketing (fingersmiths), baby farming and stolen goods. Then there’s Maude, who is raised in a huge Victorian mansion in the middle of nowhere. She has only her old, half mad uncle to keep her company.
The story opens with Susan being given a proposition that her family cannot turn down. A “family friend” who makes a living doing not so kosher things comes to visit Susan with the perfect, evil plan in mind. He has been working for an old man in the English countryside that is loaded. The man lives alone except for his servants and his niece Maude. So what’s a thief to do? Convince Maude to marry him so that he can take her money, right? So obvious. However, Maude is not the easiest to win over. Who better to help persuade Maude then a maid/companion, a girl her own age, a confidant. Cue Susan…… All she has to do is go and be this girl’s maid to get her family a cut of the money. Simple. Or is it? You will not believe the twists and turns this novel has. My mouth literally fell open at one point. To find out more you will have to read this tale. Trust me. Go now and buy. Really. One of the best I read in 2010. Alright, goodbye.