A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

#115. Fingersmith

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Pages: 548
Finished: Nov. 16, 2007
Reason for Reading: I've read a lot of reviews that said this was an amazing book so I had to read it, plus I love Victorian literature.
First Published: 2002
Genre: historical fiction,
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

My name, in those days, was Susan Trinder.

Comments: Set in the Victorian slums of London, and subsequently the English countryside, this is a tale of twists and turns that make the heart patter. I won't go into any details on the plot as I think it would be very hard not to give any spoilers. This is, simply put, a brilliant book. The story oozes with atmosphere. It is an incredibly Dickensian tale with characters that are eccentric and deliciously evil. It turns out I had already seen the BBC dramatization so I knew some of the secrets but still I found myself reeling in amazement with each twist and turn the author dares to throw at the reader. Sarah Waters most certainly is a gutsy and brilliant storyteller. I want to run out and read every book she's written. Most definitely and highly recommended!


  1. I hope to read this one one day. I've heard great things about the author and this book. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Yes, very much. And I urge you, and anyone else, to move it up your tbr list. This is one of the best!

  3. I definitely want to read this book someday. I just haven't had the time.

  4. I loved this book, the twist was such a shock!
    Nice review

  5. I did pick it up and I really loved it. Very twisty! I'd even cheated a bit (because she kept teasing me) but I'll definitely be reading more of her books.

  6. Me too! I've been holding back from reading another yet. She's only written a handful of books so far and I don't want to read them all too soon!