The new Victorian chiller from the author of Radio 2 Book Club pick, The Silent Companions.Is prisoner Ruth Butterham mad or a murderer? Victim or villain?Dorothea and Ruth. Prison visitor and prisoner. Powerful and powerless. Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder.When Dorothea's charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted with the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person's skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets teenage seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another theory: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread. For Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses will shake Dorothea's belief in rationality and the power of redemption.Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a ...
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The Corset Reviews
I was eagerly awaiting this book as I just loved The Silent Companions. Unfortunately this one just didn't do anything for me at all. It was nothing like TSC but that's not a fault in itself, it just didn't grab me the same way. I couldn't put down TSC but that was definitely not the case here.
There were some gory parts in this, especially in the first part of the long drawn out story, that I thought were unnecessary.
Then there was so much torture and brutally and it wasn't needed. In fact it go ...more
Twitter was fizzing with excitement about this book even before it was published a few weeks ago. I had serious FOMO and was really pleased when I managed to get a slot to read it on Pigeonhole in the weeks before it hit the shops. Unfortunately, I was side-tracked by a library book, which was due back and could not be renewed, so I missed the opportunity of reading it with in 'staves' with everyone else. I regret this as I would have really enjoyed discussing it with fellow readers.
In case you ...more
Beautifully written, richly dark, suspenseful and achingly sad, this gothic tale had me really gripped. Laura Purcell has become a favourite of mine .
This was such an eagerly anticipated read for me after being terrified by The Silent Companions, and although The Corset didn't have that same horror element for me, it still had so many chills and creepy moments that I raced through it and loved being transported back into the world of Ruth and Dorothea.
They are very different characters and that's the strength of this story. You get to enjoy their very different outlook on life brought together by Dorothea visiting Ruth in prison and listening ...more
If after completing a book I have to think about what to rate it, it never gets five stars. The Corset left me with no hesitation. A full five stars for this brilliantly written gothic thriller that encompasses hate, love, fear, strength, crime and punishment.
It is the tale of two women, in many ways totally different from one another, and yet in many unseen ways, two sides of the same coin. Dorothea Truelove is a wealthy 25-year old single woman who sits on the committee of New Oakgate Prison. ...more
The writing is exquisite and sublime. Very gothic and delightfully dark. The idea that someone might be able to sew evil into every stitch they make when mending or making clothes is creepy. The novel as a whole explores this along with the art of measuring someone's head to see if they have criminal tendencies. There's lots of chilling facts and ideas here but for me, the plot wasn't as nicely stitched as it could have been. No one thread running through it which kept it taunt throughout. Loose ...more
Dorothea Truelove (yes, really) is a wealthy young woman who regularly visits female prisoners. While she frames this practice as charity, her true obsession is phrenology. She’s convinced that if she can only find the right subject, her theories about the connections between head shape and character will be proven right, and the women of New Oakgate Prison are the perfect guinea pigs. However, time is running out: Dorothea is 25, and her father is determined to marry her off as soon as possible ...more
An atmospheric, chiller thriller of epic Gothic proportions!
The story centres around two ladies. One genteel lady Dorothea Truelove who spends her inheritance and time visiting prison's to talk to women criminals. Dorothea has an interest in skulls (phrenology) and wonders if the shape of a person's head can make someone a criminal or if they are a victim of circumstance.
On one prison visit Dorothea meets 16 year old Ruth Butterham who has been accused of murdering her mistress and that is wher ...more