This is an amazing tale set in Victorian London and its surrounding villages. Waters’ structure of the novel owes to Dickens et al., but through her exquisite writing she gives it fresh appeal. The story revolves around a convoluted long con perpetuated by a group of fingersmiths (thieves), and eventually a host of characters that propel the plot.
Throughout, there is great character development and a stunning portrayal of the era. Her realism of the life of the poor and the grit of city and life are perfect, and worth five stars on their own. I have read The Little Stranger and enjoyed it, but with Fingersmith, the author is at the top in her writing.