Dark Heroines: Maud and Sue from Fingersmith


Maud and Sue from Fingersmith. Whether you read the novel or watch the series, Maud and Sue are two incredibly compelling Dark Heroines. Each of them has a taint to their past, their motivations, and their friendship, and yet, in the end, it’s fair to say they save each other in truly heroic ways. To say much more would be spoiling the book (or movie) for those who haven’t met these characters yet, but rest assured, the book, especially, is amazing, and we highly recommend it.

From a spoilery interview with the actress who played Maud in the BBC series:

“I would not want to hang around with Maud – she’s an evil, twisted little…” Elaine Cassidy stops herself just in time, her Irish eyes smiling to belie the force of her words. “I couldn’t wait to get rid of her,” laughs the actor who had to play the  heiress, stressing: “I love her but I can’t – bloody – stand – her!”



Fantastic Fanvid

Leta would like to say that not only are Maud and Sue compelling, complex, and dark characters, but the book shares the distinct honor of shocking her, not once, but twice, and after decades of compulsive reading, it is rare for any plot events within a book to surprise her at all. If you’ve read it let us know if you were surprised, too!


Are you familiar with Fingersmith? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts on Sue and Maud…or even Gentleman, or any other characters in the novel or series. (If anyone does share with us, that means, of course, that there may be potential spoilers in the comments.)

Leta Blake and Keira Andrews write fairy tale inspired m/m erotica and romantica with Ellora’s Cave. Check out Earthly Desires, the first book in the series, available for purchase at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Ellora’s Cave.

About Leta Blake

Author, mother, wife, and working on becoming stellar at life.

Posted on December 4, 2012, in Books, Keira Andrews, Leta Blake, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Leta, I love Waters’ books. I’m an avid murder mystery reader and she is one of my favorite authors. She captures the times perfectly. Great post.

    • Thanks, Viki! Glad you enjoyed it! I think that Fingersmith is simply breathtaking. I hope that anyone who hasn’t read it gives it a try. 🙂 I agree with your comments entirely! 🙂

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