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Affinity - Sarah Waters
Affinity
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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... show more
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 séance 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781573228732 (1573228737)
ASIN: 1573228737
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
4.0 Affinity
After the death of her father and an episode of severe depression, Margaret Prior becomes a lady visitor in the Millbank prison. Here she encounters Selina Dawes, a spiritual medium, who claims to speak to the dead. A woman, who Margaret can´t resist to become infatuated with. This was a great rea...
The Bone Chamber
The Bone Chamber rated it
2.0 Disappointment
I wanted to like this book, I really did. Out of all the author's works, this is the one I was truly excited to read. But I found it to be very lackluster and boring. Perhaps it didn't hold my focus enough, but I failed to see where most of the story connected. It's a shame when I have to be happy t...
It's a Books World
It's a Books World rated it
4.5 Review: Affinity by Sarah Waters
Goodreads summary: "Now you know why you are drawn to me – why your flesh comes creeping to mine, and what it comes for. Let it creep."From the dark heart of a Victorian prison, disgraced spiritualist Selina Dawes weaves an enigmatic spell. Is she a fraud, or a prodigy? By the time it all begins to ...
Cheri's Book Blog
Cheri's Book Blog rated it
4.5 Took two readings to fully appreciate.
I'm a big Sarah Waters fan and have been for many years. I've read all of her books, in the order that they were published. My first reading of Affinity left me very disappointed. Many of my friends had read it and raved about how great it was - it's the favorite SW book for some of them. After r...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
3.0 Affinity
"Now I have more freedom than I ever had at any time in my life, and I do only the things I always have." Affinity - a feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas, or interests (source). This book was not easy to get into. ...
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