Fingersmith (Paperback)
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Fingersmith (Paperback)

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Published: 16/05/2024
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From an award-winning author, Fingersmith is an extraordinary, ingenious tale of fraud, insanity and secrets

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 Sue draws breath, her fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

'A page turning thriller while managing to be a tender love story' Adam Kay

'Intensely atmospheric, impeccably paced, and cunningly structured' Mail on Sunday

'A chilling, ingenious erotic thriller - unputdownable' Sunday Express

'Long, dark, twisted and satisfying... An unforgettable experience' Julie Myerson, Guardian

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349018508
Number of pages: 560
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 22 mm


Totally immersive with brilliantly drawn characters... a page-turning thriller while managing to be a tender love story - Adam Kay

Intensely atmospheric, impeccably paced, and cunningly structured, this is that rarity in contemporary fiction: a deeply serious novel that is also a thumping great read - Douglas Kennedy, Mail on Sunday

There are always novels that you envy people for not having read yet, for the pleasure they still have to come. Well, this is one. Long, dark, twisted and satisfying, it's a fabulous piece of writing... An unforgettable experience - Julie Myerson, Guardian

One of the best twists of any book, one that lifts the novel from a brilliant piece of modern Victoriana to something altogether more original and daring... Fingersmith, like so many great books, calls into question our desire to fit novels into restrictive boxes... If you like a great story, brilliantly told, you'll love this book - Laura Shepherd-Robinson, The Times

A chilling, ingenious erotic thriller - unputdownable - Sunday Express

She distils a slice of London Victoriana, involving pickpockets, orphans and identity, into a fantastic plot and handles the story so well that you just can't wait to get to the end - Tracy Chevalier

High spirited and utterly compelling - Robert McCrum, Observer

Serious entertainment... One of the most startling plot twists you'll ever read - Nick Hornby, The Times

A thrillerish plot, fast-moving with umpteen cunning twists, it is inhabited by richly human characters whose fortunes instantly engage the reader - Sunday Telegraph

Fingersmith's tight and intricate plotting and full-flavour characters follow in a fine tradition of gothic storytelling, full of love, villains and intrigue - Jane Perry, Observer

This disquietingly twisted tale will engross - Isobel Montgomery, Guardian

Deliciously brazen... A smart and seductive enchantment - Los Angeles Times

Fingersmith is the third slice of engrossing lesbian Victoriana from Sarah Waters. Although lighter and more melodramatic in tone than its predecessor Affinity, this hypnotic suspense novel is awash with all manner of gloomy Dickensian leitmotifs - Travis Elborough

Oliver Twist with a twist... Waters spins an absorbing tale that withholds as much as it discloses... A pulsating story - New York Times Book Review

Superb storytelling. Fingersmith is gripping; so suspenseful and twisting is the plot that for the last 250 pages, I read at breakneck speed - USA Today

A deftly plotted thriller... absorbing and elegant - Entertainment Weekly

A marvelous pleasure... Waters's noted attention to historical detail and her beautifully sensitive dialogue help to anchor the force-five plot twisters - Washington Post

Calls to mind the feverishly gloomy haunts of Charlotte and Emily Bronte... Elaborate and satisfying - Seattle Times

A richly woven tale of duplicity and passion... nobody writing today surpasses the precocious Waters's virtuosic handling of narrative complexity and thickly textured period detail. This is a marvelous novel - Kirkus

A sweeping read - Boston Globe

Astonishing narrative twists - Newsday

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“Never still waters”

It’s difficult to find words for the splendour of Sarah Waters’ writing. When so many boxes require ticking, to enable the reader to say this was a book that fulfilled all their expectations, the discovery that there... More

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This is the first book that I read by Sarah Waters and what a joy it was to read. The plot was well thought out and the charecters were belivable. It is set in victorian England and the descripitons of what Sue and... More

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This was my first introduction to Sarah Waters and what a great one it was! I loved the two main characters, Maud and Sue who are so completely different and yet their destinies are firmly wrapped around one... More

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