I have finished reading a book I got for Christmas a couple of days ago called Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. When I have told the person who gave it to me that I appreciate the gift and thanked her, I was asked how was it. I answered that I feel sad now. However, the other person totally misunderstood me and thought that I didn’t like the book. He is not a reader and couldn’t understand just how I felt.
Fingersmith wasn’t the best book I have ever read but the story was captivating and it read very easily. When I finished reading the last sentence I felt that it read maybe too fast and I couldn’t enjoy the company of its main characters. I didn’t even have enough time to get to know them and decide if I like them and should sympathize with them or if I should despise them and wish them all bad luck.
I believe that many of you know this desperate feeling of wanting to go back to the story yet not being able to because it as already been read and lived through.
How was the book itself? Entertaining, sometimes strange, lesbian (but not in our faces lesbian, more subtle and in story) and a bit unpredictable. For me, that was also its main drawback. I like characters and stories to flow easily bringing surprises but always with some lightness so that I am not left completely clueless about where that came from. On the other hand, I don’t like to be given overly explicit hints about what kind of twist will happen. And Fingersmith lost me on this. Still, I would definitely recommend as a great read for beach or after skiing and of course for times when you want to switch off from your daily life.