finished reading...

Without spoiling the twists and turns in the book, I can say that I enjoyed switching narrative points of view. Throughout, I had to wonder about the reliability of the narrators; adding a sense of urgency to the story. My only complaint is that the book is long--clocking in at 582 pages.

From the publisher:
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 mean 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 na├»ve 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.

It's my first by this author, Sarah Waters, and I'm really excited to read more!


Paula said...

Sounds like a fascinating read!

Unknown said...

A bit of a twist on Oliver? ;)