Monday, August 31, 2009

Read: Affinity by Sarah Waters

One reviewer said of Sarah Waters: "this is such a brilliant writer that her readers would believe anything she told them".

And oh, how true, how true. This remark rings so true with Affinity. Waters swept me up in this story largely set in Millbank Prison, where Margaret Prior plays Lady Visitor to the inmates. She is enraptured by the beautiful and mysterious Selina Dawes, who turns out to be a medium.

Affinityis a gloomy story, damp and dank and frankly, a bit depressing. But you should still read this book, as Waters is the master (mistress?) of creating the right setting, of developing the characters, of drawing the reader into the story. It's the kind of book that should be read when it's foggy outside, and you're warm inside and curled up on the sofa with a steaming cup of tea. And when you're through, you're totally spent, but eager to get your hands on yet another book by this fabulous writer.

(Although I didn't put this in my poolAffinity undoubtedly fits into the RIP IV Challenge.)

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