Affinity by Sarah Waters

Affinity, Sarah Waters,  1999

My favorite quote: “Your twisting is done–you have the last thread of my heart. I wonder: when the thread grows slack, will you feel it?”

Notable characters: Margaret Prior, a woman recovering from a suicide attempt; Selina Dawes, a mysterious spiritualist imprisoned for a seance-gone-wrong which left one woman dead another mentally disturbed 

Most memorable scene: Selina writing TRUTH on her own arm with … well, you’ll just have to read it

Greatest strengths: Its setting is sublime. Sarah Waters brings Victorian England to vivid, delicious life

Standout achievements: Its gothic sensibilities. I’m a sucker for a good gothic and this one pretty much nailed it

Fun Facts: This is the first Sarah Waters novel I’ve ever read. It won’t be the last

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: A lot about the jailing system of Victorian England. Not a pretty thing … 

How it inspired me: There’s a lot to like about this one, but what I think I really came away with was a firm sense of the bond between Margaret and Selina. It gave me a deeper understanding of the relationships between women, which is something I believe I’ll be able to draw upon in my own work 

Additional thoughts: While I’m not an expert on Victorian-style prose, I can’t say with certainty that Affinity is written with absolute accuracy — but it FEELS like it’s written with absolute accuracy, which really makes the whole experience all the more real

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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