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."
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I did like it. I've read 4 books by Sarah Waters and out of those 4 one of them I did not finish.Can't recall the name. I enjoyed Fingersmith and Tipping Velvet.
The only thing is, I did see things coming. Maybe I am getting smarter but I knew that the nice matron in the prison was a friend , but I thought at first it was Selina's maid.
After reading a bit more I realised that there must have been someone in the house of Margaret, then i remembered her mother had just had to hire a new maid and bingo.
This book has a sad ending where Margaret will end her life. I do think Selina wasn't planning on letting her fall in love with her but when she did, it only helped. She just wanted to use her and thinking she could do that with her dad father at first, but that wasn't even necessary. This author is so good in writing these kind of books where you just picture the gloomy weather and the dark thoughts.more