She blushed still harder. ‘I find that I am good at it…’ She bit her lip. She was still watching my face. 'Do you hate me for it?’ she said.
'Hate you!’ I said. 'When I have fifty proper reasons for hating you, already; and only-’
Only love you, I wanted to say. I didn’t say it, though. What can I tell you? If she could still be proud, then so, for now, could I… I didn’t need to say it, anyway: she could read the words in my face.
“"Dear old world,” she murmured, “you are very lovely and I am glad to be alive in you.”
Are you guys as excited as I am about the new Netflix series, Anne? This series is so close to my heart, and I can’t wait to see what they do with it. Also, this quote is something I sometimes need reminding of. Sometimes life is difficult and I forget to appreciate what a wonderful world we live in.
Synopsis: Fingersmith was written by Sarah Waters and published in 2002. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize the same year. The novel is set in Victorian England and follows a girl named Susan Trinder who grows up in a den of thieves, also called fingersmiths. One day Sue becomes involved in an intricate plot to steal a lady’s fortune and she must pose as the lady’s maid. All is not what it seems as crazy plot twists are revealed and love complicates matters.
Storyline: The storyline was phenomenal in Fingersmith! The story was gripping the whole way through; I was absolutely addicted while reading. There are some good plot twists that you totally don’t see coming and the story is told in an interesting way. It’s told from two perspectives: Susan Trinder’s and Maud Lily’s. The most interesting part was the first half of the book where that part of the story is told by Susan and then you get the same events, but from Maud’s perspective. That may sound like a drag to read the same story twice, but getting it from both perspectives was so interesting and actually my favorite section of the book.
Setting: Fingersmith is set in Victorian England and I thought the setting was done quite well. I recently read a Victorian historical fiction by Essie Fox and was pretty disappointed. This book was what I had been looking for and was done much better.
Characters: The characters were amazing in Fingersmith. I really liked both Susan and Maud. There was also a lesbian love story that was done really well. All the other characters were quite interesting as well.
Did I like It?: I loved Fingersmith! It was so intriguing and had an interesting structure. I couldn’t put it down! I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. This was my first Sarah Waters book and I seriously can’t wait to read more of her work! She could seriously end up becoming a favorite author of mine.
Do I recommend it?: Yes most definitely! Especially if you like historical fiction or are looking for a book with LGBTQ characters that is done really well.