Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Sarah Waters

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
5,255192843 (4.07)943
Authors:Sarah Waters
Info:Riverhead Trade (2002), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 582 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:British, lesbian, fiction, historical, read

Work details

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (2002)

Recently added byprivate library, jenngv, AnneHagan, clairesto, sienak, The_Center_LB, mullib, LaMala, ahef1963

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 943 mentions

English (187)  Dutch (2)  German (1)  Catalan (1)  All languages (191)
Showing 1-5 of 187 (next | show all)
Me la pasé sorprendiendome mientras lo leía .

Al menos cada diez capítulos me sobresaltaba , boquiabierta y exclamando : "Nooo!!!" y "OH!" .

Si fuese un hombre del SXIX vestido de frac y sombrero de copa , se me hubiera caído el monóculo varias veces . ( )
1 vote LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
Decent read from what I remember ( )
  libgirl69 | May 22, 2015 |
Now this really is a cracking novel. I recommend you read it. It's as if Wilkie Collins had sat down to write The Woman in White and had thought "Actually, I think she might be a lesbian..."

It's not quite as shock-packed as it's progenitor but there's enough to make you gasp more than once. Great red-herrings too. At one point I was thinking "My God, they're sisters and they've just..!" Let's just say that there's a double meaning in the title. ( )
  Lukerik | May 13, 2015 |
I really, REALLY wanted to love this one. I enjoy Water's atmospheric settings, the way she gets inside the characters' minds and the intricate plots she weaves, but darn it all..... this was a bit of slog for me. I have learned that Waters works best as an author when I am able to commit 100% to reading her stories, like when I am on vacation, and RL doesn't interrupt my reading. I plowed through the first 150 pages in one afternoon and was hooked but having to resort to dipping in and out of the story with a busy RL schedule made it impossible for me to reconnect with the story. I had lost that bond. I also found the story to be rather Dickensian in feel, more so than her other books I have read so far - The Night Watch and The Little Stranger - which didn't work in my favor after my somewhat disastrous encounter with [Bleak House] this time last year. I still have evil thoughts about that one. ;-)

On the positive side, I really like the way Waters shifts the point of view from Susan, to Maud and back to Susan again. I just wish the story didn't go on and on and on for the last 150 pages and as for the ending.... well,.... a bit sloppy IMO and kind of a quick out for Waters to wrap up the story. All that being said, I still appreciate the gifted writer that Waters is and will probably read more of her books, but not rushing out to pick up Tipping the Velvet or Affinity any time soon. ( )
1 vote lkernagh | Mar 9, 2015 |
This one started off well, very Dickensian: weird characters in an atmospheric London setting – but when the main character switched from Sue’s point of view to Maud’s, the story got very ‘tellie’ and the tension and anticipation just fell down, for me. I believe this was Waters’ first novel, so maybe that’s why the writing isn’t up to where it is in The Paying Guests. The writing is still lovely, but the tension, and character development just aren't evenly there in Fingersmith. It reads preplotted, contrived and dry.

I went out and bought several of her novels after reading The Paying Guests, I was so crazy about that book, so I will just chalk this one up, and hope the others are better. ( )
  CynthiaRobertson | Mar 3, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 187 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (1 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sarah Watersprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abrams, ErikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ascari, FabrizioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
中村, 有希Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
นันทวั… เติมแสงสิริศักดิ์Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Øverås, LinnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bingül, FigenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borges, Ana Luiza DantasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Calonge, Rosa MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Camp, Marion Op denTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Filat, IoanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gawlik-Małkowska, MagdalenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Houstrup, VibekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
최용준Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMahon, JuanitaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Öjerskog, MarianneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puchalská, Barbora PungeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Retterbush, Stefaniesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ropret, AlenkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vujičić, IrinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zulaika, JaimeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
林玉葳Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Усова, НинаTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Sally O-J
First words
My name, in those days, was Susan Trinder.
"You've heard, perhaps, of my Index? ... Has there ever been its like? A universal bibliography, and on such a theme? They say the science is a dead one amongst Englishmen. ... Fantastic, when one knows the degrees of obscurity in which my subject is shrouded. ... the authors of the texts I collect must cloak their identity in deception and anonymity. The texts themselves are stamped with every kind of false and misleading detail as to place and date of publication and impress. They are burdened with obscure titles. They must pass darkly, via secret channels, or on the wings of rumour and supposition. Consider those checks to the bibliographer's progress. Then speak to me, sir, of fantastic labour!" ... "And the Index is organized --?" "By title, by name, by date when we have it; and, mark this, sir; by species of pleasure. We have them tabled, most precisely."
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Please do not combine Fingersmith the novel with Fingersmith the DVD.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
From Front Flap of the dust jacket:
"London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves -- fingersmiths -- under the rough but loving care of Mrs. Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

From the celebrated author of Tipping the Velvet and Affinity-- a modern-day Charles Dickens or Wilkie Collins -- comes an extraordinary, ingenious tale of fraud, insanity and secrets."
Haiku summary
"Mrs Sucksby was a devil with her dander up."  (lizchris)

No descriptions found.

(see all 2 descriptions)

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, a somewhat elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a nave 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 left to live out her days in a mental hospital. 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 surprises. --Publisher.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 7 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
60 avail.
361 wanted
4 pay1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.07)
0.5 1
1 16
1.5 4
2 49
2.5 20
3 222
3.5 108
4 590
4.5 137
5 510


An edition of this book was published by Audible.com.

See editions

Recorded Books

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 97,851,802 books! | Top bar: Always visible