Waters uses all of the formulaic Gothic elements to tell the story of Sue Tinder who becomes maid to Maud Lily. Sue takes the position to assist her “adopted” mom – Mrs. Sucksby, a baby farmer and carer of smalltime thieves (fingersmiths), as well as a notorious thief, Gentleman, in order to dupe Maud of her fortune. Even Waters attempt to shake things up with an illicit affair is predictable. Alhough in all fairness, some of the other ties between characters is surprising. And having to hear the exact story from two narrators with almost no new perspective or scenes added is tedious.
Gwenamon says: Very readable, just unsatisfying