This is the second book by Waters that I have read; the first being AFFINITY. And although I did enjoy FINGERSMITH, it did not captivate me as AFFINITY did.
The story is about a young girl, Susna Trinder. An orphan, her family now consists of pickpockets and thieves. In absence of a mother, Mrs Sucksby, has provided Susan with the love and care - if not sometimes harshly - that Susan would otherwise have gone without.
Susan's life changes when one of the petty thieves, known as Gentleman, comes to her with a suggestion of how they can do a job together. And, if they are successful, it would mean that Susan would make her fortune.
The plan is for Susan to become maid to a young woman who has a large fortune. Gentleman shall make this lady fall in love with him, marry her, and then they shall get her installed in a madhouse, thereby leaving them with her wealth.
Yet plans and fate have other ideas. And in the world of thieves and misfits, who can you truly trust?
Once again, FINGERSMITH, is a great read, set in Victorian England. Waters has a way of creating the atmosphere so well that you are drawn into the world of the characters, sensing how they feel and think about what happens to them.
Like the shadowy world that Waters has created, FINGERSMITH, does feel dense. Although this achieves insight into the indidvidual characters, it can also make some parts of the novel seem more static. There were certain sections that I wanted to rush so that I could get back to more exciting parts of the story. However, this does not detract from the fact that Waters has once again produced a brilliant story, perfect for those times when you need a bit of escapism.