Named Author of the Year at the 2003 British BookAwards, Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book.
Once inside the concrete walls of Millbank Prison, Margaret Prior, hired to speak with the female inmates, becomes all too aware that what she perceives to be reality may not be so. Bringing new ideas to her mind is the beautiful, but dangerous criminal Selina Dawes.
©1999 Sarah Waters (P)2003 W.F.Howes Ltd
Sarah Waters created some fascinating characters with a variety of hidden secrets divulged gradually over the length of the story. The ending, however, left me somewhat perplexed and unsatisfied.
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It's not the best, but it's way above average. It's not my favorite among Sarah Waters' work, but it's just because it's kind of a downer. Although, it's still beautifully written and well thought out. In my opinion, listening to Affinity is way better than listening to a book that was written in the era that this story actually took place.
Probably Margaret Prior, since practically all of the other characters are unlikable and wretched. I feel for her.
The voices she gave the prisoners. They were an amusing contrast to the prim sounding narrator.
Going to a prison to find hope probably isn't the best idea.
I can't go into much detail as to why I enjoyed this book without spoilers. However, I will say that I think it's totally worth a listen. It's slow at first, but I think it works for the book because when things do get tense it makes a much more powerful impact. This book is like a Jack-in-the-box, except the music it plays would be bleaker. I highly reccomend this book! Especially to those who enjoy dark stories and mind trips. I mean, come on, it's a Victorian ghost story that mostly takes place in a dingy prison, what's not to like?
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
A disappointing listen. Very slow and uneventful. I enjoyed the authors novel Fingersmith but this book is incomparable. I do not recommend it.
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