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Complex and spooky,
This review is from: Affinity (Paperback)
I came to this book after having read everything else by Waters and not expecting it to be as good for some unknown reason - I was pleasantly surprised. The twist at the end did not come as a total shock as the feeling of foreboding builds tangibally throughout the book and although Waters encourages the reader to be intrigued by the main characters, I don't think that the reader is meant to completely relate to or empathise with them - you certainly don't feel sorry for them. For me, what is most striking is the comparision drawn between the woman's prison and the life of a 30-year old spinster in Victorian London. It is beautifully written and absorbing and as much a page turner as Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet but for completely different reasons.