A spellbinding ghost story, a complex and intriguing historical mystery, and a poignant romance with an enexpected twist.
An upper-class woman recovering from a suicide attempt, Margaret Prior has begun visiting the women's ward of Millbank prison, Victorian London's grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work. Amongst Millbank's murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself increasingly fascinated by on apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes. Selina was imprisoned after a s?ance she was conducting went horribly awry, leaving an elderly matron dead and a young woman deeply disturbed. Although initially skeptical of Selina's gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina's freedom, and her own.
As in her noteworthy deput, Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters brilliantly evokes the sights and smells of a moody and beguiling nineteenth-century London, and proves herself yet again a storyteller, in the words of the New York Times Book Review, of "startling power." A tale that will leave readers "transfixed with horror and excitement" (Daily Mail, London) Affinity, in its accomplishment and sophistication, leaves no doubt as to this writer's considerable gifts.
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Posted February 22, 2010 by Lisa , HawaiiSarah Waters is one of my favorite authors. She writes beautifully (I can't even stress that enough) and it definitely shows in this book. She always brings something completely original to the table and I'm never disappointed. When I finished this book, I felt changed. Changed mentally. I felt more... mature, if that makes sense.
Please read this book, if not, give Sarah Water's other books a try.
January 07, 2002
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