Having read all the books that were on the shortlist for the 2002 booker prize, I can honestly say this was the best. Usually I can see the odd twist or turn in a plot coming up, but with Fingersmith the twists are so unpredictable and sudden they caught me complety by surprise. It has been ages since I have simply not been able to put a book down. Although it takes a while to get going, once it's got you hooked there's no going back. What I also thought was brilliant (without giving anything away) was how everything in part two slots into place so well with part one (If you've read it you'll know what I mean).