Goodreads Monday: Fingersmith

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we randomly select a book from our Goodreads To Be Read list and share it with the world. It’s hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners, so be sure to link back to her site so that we can all see what everyone plans to read!



by Sarah Waters
592 pages
Historical Fiction
First published in October 2002, by Riverhead Books

From Goodreads: Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.

One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.

With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.



It’s getting to the point when, if Olive from A Book Olive recommends something, I’m going to love it. Rules of Civility, Hammer Head, Woven in Moonlight, and Rough Magic are all books I’ve picked up on her recommendation, and I’ve loved all of them. So when she says she loved Fingersmith, well, it’s a good bet that I’m going to love it, too.

4 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday: Fingersmith

  1. I feel like we’ve spoken about this book before. Perhaps I’m a bit mad, though, as I cannot find reference to this anywhere. Oops!

    I just ended up in a BookTube hole. I personally don’t subscribe to BookTube channels. I find YouTube… tedious. It doesn’t keep my attention. I’m that person who will hunt for a text version of whatever it is I need via the internet to avoid watching a video. I know I’m missing out on quite a few awesome bloggers because of this, but that’s just how my brain works. That said, Olive’s videos kept my attention longer than most!

  2. I don’t think we’ve talked about Fingersmith. I only recently added it to be TBR.

    There are several BookTube channels I subscribe to, but only a couple whose videos I watch every time they post: Olive and Rachel @ Kalanadi. They have such clear and concise review styles, and they can articulate why they do or do not like a book.

    Otherwise, I like history documentaries I find. I’ve been playing Timeline episodes about English history all day while I write.

  3. Hm. Someone else must have recommended it to me. Either way — I’ll be reading it!

    Wait. You can listen to history documentaries while you write?! That’s black magic. I can barely listen to music without lyrics and type words at the same time. You’re a magician!

  4. *lol* There’s a point where the documentary becomes background noise, and I stop processing the information being presented. I always have to have some kind of noise in the background, or else the sounds in and around my apartment building would distract me.

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