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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Waters Narrator: Juanita McMahon Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, London’s grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work. Amongst Millbank’s murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself increasingly fascinated by one apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes. Initially skeptical of Selina’s gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of seances and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last persuaded to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom.

A pulse-quickening read by a remarkably talented writer, Affinity is a sophisticated and spine-tingling historical mystery awash with the scenes, sights, and smells of nineteenth-century London.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are two kinds of mystery novels. The first gives us the crime and the clues; the guilty party is then unmasked and the mystery solved. In the other, the crime is solved but not the mystery, which arises from a dark corner of the human condition. Sarah Waters’s remarkable second novel, Affinity, is both of these—and also a wrenching love story.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The book is multidimensional: a truly suspenseful tale of terror; and a piece of elegant, thinly veiled erotica.”

    USA Today

  • “Moody, haunting, and haunted… Affinity is two parts Wilkie Collins, with whose The Woman in White it shares an obsession with prisons, madness, journal-keeping, and elaborate, carefully engineered deceits.”

    New Yorker

  • “The author’s persuasive imagination matched by her gift for storytelling…initially suggests that we can separate truth from desire. Or can we? What Waters’ haunting creation leaves us with is a more painful reality—that knowledge and belief are entirely different things.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Waters has concocted a delicious mix of mysticism and dark romance set in Victorian England.”


  • Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction
  • A Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award Winner

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mhgoblue | 2/4/2014

    " This book was well-written, but when I looked back on the plot I realized it was completely contrived. That's all right, I guess, since the prose was creepy and great and the characters were interesting, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Fingersmith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cherie | 1/30/2014

    " B+ My main complaint is that I wish Sarah Waters characters' weren't always betrayed! Still, it was a very engaging and interesting book! Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Roslyn | 1/25/2014

    " Read 2003. Brilliant but absolutely devastating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karin Popken | 1/23/2014

    " Wonderfull book. Sarah Waters has a certain kind of style in writing that I've never seen (read) before... The boog grabed me, hold me and only let me go until I've finished the book. A masterpiece! "

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