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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
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Feb 20, 09

bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, mystery, historical-romance, neo-victorian, lgbt
Read in February, 2009

An enjoyable book, but far too long. This is a book that could have easily been 400 pages, or even less. Someone needs to tell Ms. Waters that it's quality, not quantity, that makes a good novel.

The twists and turns were gripping enough, but I don't think it had the desired effect seeing as how the story went on and on afterward.

I enjoyed the mental hospital bits; it was interesting seeing inside one of those in the early 1860s.

Waters created a good villain in Richard Rivers. I seem to be intrigued by characters like him in stories. The main characters of Sue and Maud seemed not strong enough. I can't explain, but I just didn't feel as sorry for them as I should. The ending, however, was sweet.

This is a good novel for folks who love historical mystery fiction set in the Victorian era. However, I believe Affinity to still be Waters' best novel.

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