Fingersmith by Sarah Waters 3 out of 5 stars
Fingersmith is more than 500 pages and it felt a bit daunting to start. However, I was drawn in right away because of the strong, female lead character. As I continued to read, she was joined by other strong, female characters and that pulled me in even more. It was a thrilling look at feminism, nature versus nurture, and love. Getting to know these women as they found their voices and strength in a time when women weren’t allowed to be strong was inspiring. And that combined with all of the curve balls that Sarah Waters threw, had me desperate to know what would happen next. I found myself reading late into the night on many occasions.
The only thing I struggled with was the time period. I am not as familiar with the Victorian Era in Britain and every now and then I found it hard to immerse myself in the story because I didn’t know the history that they were alluding to or I got tripped up by the pronunciation of certain words.
However, the pros definitely outweighed the cons and it was a great beginning of summer read!