Lisa Levy
March 22, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Fingersmith (book)

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sarah Waters
publisher
Riverhead
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Waters ventures into Charles Dickens territory for her third novel, set in Victorian England. Her triumph is to produce a deftly plotted thriller with two equally compelling heroines, orphans Sue Trinder and Maud Lilly. Manipulated by someone she knows only as Gentleman, Sue is sent to a country estate to work as Maud’s maid and help him woo the simple heiress. The plot twists — then again and again — until one girl is in a terrifying insane asylum and another held captive. An absorbing and elegant story that’s old-fashioned in the best way.

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