Teaser Tuesdays: Fingersmith


In spite of an unpromising start, I ended up really loving Fingersmith. This is a very Dickensian tale that involves orphans, asylums, devious plots, and yes, a touching love story.

Here’s a short quote that I love and which I thought conveyed the intense attraction that Sue felt for Maud really beautifully.

I felt that thread that had come between us, tugging, tugging at my heart – so hard, it hurt me.

A hundred times I almost rose, almost went in to her; a hundred times I thought, Go to her! Why are you waiting? Go back to her side!

But every time, I thought of what would happen if I did. I knew that I couldn’t lie beside her, without wanting to touch her.

I couldn’t have felt her breath upon my mouth, without wanting to kiss her.

And I couldn’t have kissed her, without wanting to save her.

~ Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? You can see my review here.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • john

    “Haven’t read it yet but will love to but for now i am looking for some front hand mehndi designs to promote on fashion blog.”

  • sherry fundin

    I haven’t read this, but it does sound intense. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    sherry @ fundinmental

    • Nishita

      @sherryfundin:disqus you’re welcome 🙂

  • I have not tried these , but after looking at these from your blog, i wish i could try reading those or present to my friend

    • Nishita

      @Ajaychander:disqus It’s a lovely book, but not everyone will like it. Better to read it first, and then if you like it present to your friend 🙂

      • i am sorry i cannot read books these days much , as my friend is very much interested in the similar stufff

  • God I love this book, and I remain so delighted that you did too. I’m planning a big rereading project for next year (tentatively, sort of, maybe, who knows), and I want to include at least one Sarah Waters book in that. Gotta be Fingersmith, right? That’s the best one.

    • Nishita

      @readingtheend:disqus I am a little sad to hear that Fingersmith is the best one. I am planning to read more Sarah Waters and it would have been nice to have something just as good if not better lined up.

  • sjhigbee

    I tried this one a while back, but I simply couldn’t get on with it, for some reason. I’m glad you’re enjoying it though. My TT this week – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/teaser-tuesday-17th-october-2017/

    • Nishita

      @sjhigbee:disqus I did struggle with this in the beginning. I somehow plodded on till the twist, and after that I was just racing through it.

      • sjhigbee

        Ah… it sounds like I didn’t persevere long enough then. Thank you for letting me know:))

  • laura thomas

    I love the prose. This is already on my list!

    My TT from The Death Doll

  • Wow! Sounds intense. Here are my teasers this week.

  • Such sweet, sweeping language.

    • Nishita

      @aliceaudrey:disqus True. I love her writing style.

  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    I’ve been eyeing this book, since I enjoyed The Paying Guest by this author. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine:

    “LIE TO ME”

    • Nishita

      @laurelrainsnow:disqus I plan to read The Paying Guest sometime soon.

  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    I’ve been eyeing this book, since I enjoyed The Paying Guest by this author. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine:

    “LIE TO ME”

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