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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Master of Deceptions

This is the second novel I've read by Sarah Waters--the first was Fingersmith--and I find her to be a master at weaving tales of deception. Like Fingersmith, the story is set in England in the Victorian age, where the strictures of society are very hard on women, and in...
This is the second novel I've read by Sarah Waters--the first was Fingersmith--and I find her to be a master at weaving tales of deception. Like Fingersmith, the story is set in England in the Victorian age, where the strictures of society are very hard on women, and in particular women whose sexual desires do not fit the "norm." This story, however, could be quite depressing, and was certainly slower paced than Fingersmith, taking a little more time to develop the plot, but well worth the investment. That the lead character was ultimately deceived might have been predictable, but exactly how and who else was involved was not, and I find it very doubtful that other reviewers could have seen it. I also would have liked to know more about the sister-in-law and was uncertain in the end who "Peter" was in the story. However, my only real complaint about Waters is that she cannot seem to write and get her books published faster than I can devour them. I highly recommend her.

posted by JustMyTwoCents on March 1, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

okay

Although well-written and an engaging read, it was too depressing without any redemption. There seemed nothing to be gained from such depressing ending.

posted by Mander on February 9, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Tacky

    I love Sarah Waters, so I was expecting this book to be similar to her other ones.. It sucked. I would have liked this book if she would have stayed true to her writing style.. She writes historical fiction, which I love. But in THIS particular novel, she tried this weird sci-fi/fantasy thing with the historical fiction vibes, and it was just weird.. For example, her portrayal of the ghost characters were almost laughably tacky.. The ghosts would appear and flirt with girls as if they were alive, and the ghosts would physically sit down and eat real tangible food! Also, the spirits somehow can physically pick things up and fly away with them for miles and nobody even notices. It's such a far-fetched cartoonish portrayal of ghosts & spirits, that im over halfway through but cant stand to read any more of it.. I feel like I'm watching the movie Casper on acid..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2007

    A drag...

    I hate to say it but this book was by far the worst read of my summer yet. If you're interested in prison life and the mistreatment of the women inmates in this time period this book is surely for you. Unfortunately the plot lagged and there was more descriptives on the prison than the actual story. The ending was quite predictable. In my opinion it wasn't the greatest book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2006

    If you like Hawthorne like detail you'll love this

    Affinity is a book about forbidden love and spiritualism, or so the back says. However, in order to get to the fairly weak plot you have to wade through the excessive, often unecessary and boring details. The plot is inetresting enough for you to want to know how it ends but you'll likely be tempted to skip the middle to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    Very Disappointing

    I thoroughly enjoyed Tipping the Velvet and had high expectations for this book. I hung in there long after I otherwise would have tired of waiting for some dramatic suspense, an interesting character development, or anything to develop that would maintain my interest. Nothing, unfortunately, happens to redeem this tedious, limp recitation of uninteresting events with a untenable twist at the end. I finally got bored waiting for the 'punch line', read the implausible ending and skipped some the interminable dreary lead up. This talented writer can do better.

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    Posted May 28, 2012

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