Yep that probably was Sarah Water’s „Fingersmith“which I read years ago on a dark rainy weekend and couldn’t stop for the life of it before I had finished it.
I was just checking back on Goodreads to remind myself on some details to wet your appetite for this one and found the most hilarious beginning of a review – I just have to share this:
now that i have your attention… dana has been bugging me to write a review of this for the longest time, and now that she is on vacation and out of my path for ten minutes (seriously – the girl moved to my town just so she could stand under my window all night calling „hey!! heyyy!! write a review for fingersmith! come on, you know you want to!!“)
Oh my God – can’t get the picture out of my head of unbeknown-to-me-Dana yelling under the reviewers window every night – this made my day.
But back to the book and trying to get you to read it. It is good. Very good. A crowdpleaser indeed. It’s the kind of book you just can’t put away a real pageturner that will make your brain all wobbly filled with very interesting Dickens-like characters, likeable ones, terrible ones and some you might actually fall in love with a little bit.
Waters is an award-winning historical novelist, who specialises in the Victorian period (and lesbian protagonists). This book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and her PhD thesis even covers a key subject of this book.
Not easy to give you a synopsis with all these plot turns without giving away too much, so here is what the back of my book has to say about it:
„London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves – fingersmiths – under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her „family“. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue’s fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away….“
Get sucked right into this Victorian whirlwind and be warned „this story has more twists and turns than a shopping cart caught in the wind in a Walmart parking lot.“
Holy Crackers – it’s time for me to read this one again – at least I did wet my appetite but seriously hope yours too 🙂
Which book would you have picked today ?