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Affinity (original 1999; edition 2002)

by Sarah Waters

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Title:Affinity
Authors:Sarah Waters
Info:Riverhead Trade (2002), Paperback, 368 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:British, lesbian, historical, fiction, read

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Affinity by Sarah Waters (1999)

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Waters's style is strong and engaging; her characters come to life with every sentence, and her plot twists are not to be believed. Another brilliant piece from an author who is quickly climbing my list of favorites. To review this book in too much depth would be to rob you of the joy of reading it for yourself, and that is one you should certainly not be denied. A worthwhile read for anyone who enjoys period pieces and a bit of scandal. ( )
  kristi_test_05 | Jun 20, 2016 |
Waters's style is strong and engaging; her characters come to life with every sentence, and her plot twists are not to be believed. Another brilliant piece from an author who is quickly climbing my list of favorites. To review this book in too much depth would be to rob you of the joy of reading it for yourself, and that is one you should certainly not be denied. A worthwhile read for anyone who enjoys period pieces and a bit of scandal. ( )
  kristi_test_05 | Jun 20, 2016 |
Waters's style is strong and engaging; her characters come to life with every sentence, and her plot twists are not to be believed. Another brilliant piece from an author who is quickly climbing my list of favorites. To review this book in too much depth would be to rob you of the joy of reading it for yourself, and that is one you should certainly not be denied. A worthwhile read for anyone who enjoys period pieces and a bit of scandal. ( )
  kristi_test_04 | Jun 17, 2016 |
Review: Affinity by Sarah Waters.

I enjoyed the environment the author created. The story for the most part took place in a prison. The characters were described really well and very responsive. This novel has many high points of events and mystery. Sarah Waters made this an intriguing experience for the reader.

Margaret is a spinster and has an obsessive ambition to guide her to the prison of criminal women. The gloomy, creepy, dungeon like atmosphere, prisoner’s and wardens kept me turning the pages to where the story was going to go next. The prison seems to have a life of its own and I couldn’t help but be curious at the mysteries and horrors that it held within its walls. Sarah Waters kept the mysteries tightly intact to keep the readers guessing or wondering what was true or how things couldn’t be true.

There was one cell mate that Margaret was captivated with. Her name was Selina, a spiritualist. She was serving time for murder. She is a very clever character and I think most readers thought they could see through her but still she had an aura about her that some still loved. Behind in the shadows Selina waited to the end of the story to prevail her true colors….a mixture of deceitful surprises and a reader in shock over the climax. A well written novel…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Margaret Prior, a young woman who does not fit neatly into Victorian society is recovering from a suicide attempt after the death of her beloved father. As a way to occupy her time she becomes a Lady Visitor at a local prison. It is here that she meets and subsequently becomes obsessed with Selina Dawes, a spiritualist imprisoned after a seance gone wrong.

I have to admit I have no idea how to rate this book. It was painfully slow at times, yet Sarah Waters does a brilliant job of building a growing sense of dread. I loved how the themes of imprisonment in Victorian society-both literal and figurative-underlay the whole story. She is so successful at creating a dark, uncomfortable atmosphere that it is actual rather hard to enjoy sitting down with the book. And while you can tell there is a twist coming, you can't quite put your finger on it until the very last pages. A different kind of read, for sure. ( )
  Tess_Elizabeth | Jan 31, 2016 |
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Set in and around the women's prison at Milbank in the 1870's , AFFINITY is an eerie and utterly compelling ghost story, a complex and intriguing literary mystery and a poignant love story with an unexpected twist in the tale. Following the death of her father, Margaret Prior has decided to pursue some 'good work' with the lady criminals of one of London's most notorious gaols. Surrounded by prisoners, murderers and common thieves, Margaret feels herself drawn to one of the prisons more unlikely inmates - the imprisoned spiritualist - Selina Dawes. Sympathetic to the plight of this innocent-seeming girl, Margaret sees herself dispensing guidance and perhaps friendship on her visits, little expecting to find herself dabbling in a twilight world of seances, shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions.
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Margaret Prior, assigned to visit the women's ward of Victorian London's Millbank prison as part of her rehabilitative charity work for a suicide attempt, is drawn into a dark romance with spiritualist Selina Dawes who has been jailed after a seance she was conducting went horribly wrong.… (more)

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