A great convoluted plot, in the very best sense -- kind of The Picture of Dorian Grey
meets Olivia Twist
-- full of twists and turns, and lots of rich although subtle humour. I enjoyed how well Waters got into the con man's (or woman's) mind, exposing their ability to exploit others' own guilt or avarice to manipulate them. That rang very true. Also, the to-and-fro of the POV and identity shifts kept the book gallivanting along. But I found the love story a formulaic bodice-ripper style that detracted from the book's better bits and it rushed to a too-neat, happy-ever-after conclusion that was a bit disappointing. Still, a fun romp and a good diversion. 3.5 stars.