Author: Sarah Waters
Publish Date: October 1, 2002
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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."
My Two Cents:
is the story of Sue, a young woman in Victorian England who gets tied
up in a scheme to help an evil man marry an heiress, abandon her, and
then get her inheritance. He promises that Sue can share in the spoils.
Sue has had a hard life on the streets and easily agrees to participate.
What will follow is a series of events that will let you think you know
where the story is going only to have everything turned on its head.
This is a strong story that will keep you on the edge of your seat to
see where the pieces fall.
There isn't a lot to like about the
characters in this book at first but that is exactly what makes it fun
to see how the characters change throughout the book. Sue originally
joins in the scheme to defraud Maud without any care in the world. Maud,
the heiress, plays her cards as a pathetic, sheltered heiress but she's
hiding secrets that shape how everything is turned on its head. These
two have more in common than it first seems. Both of them are really
products of their origins and I loved seeing how their origins continue
to shape them. It seems that it is their tragic beginnings that push
them together in a lot of ways throughout the book.
of the book was great. I really thought that Waters did a great job of
capturing both the lower classes and upper classes in Victorian England.
This is a very atmospheric book with a lot of historical detail that
brought the action to life!
This is my first book that I have
read by Sarah Waters. I really like the way that she writes to take the
reader in one direction before totally changing course. This book had a
lot of twists and went in a completely different way than I expected.
While not a mystery, this book almost had a mystery-like feel to it
because of how the action drives towards figuring out what was going on.
I know this won't be the last book I read by Waters!