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
Beautifully written, richly dark, suspenseful and achingly sad, this gothic tale had me really gripped. Laura Purcell has become a favourite of mine .
WOW - brilliant, loved every word of this ravishing historical thriller.
I do wish I hadn't read this book!! Only because I'm pretty darned certain it's going to such a hard act to follow that I'm going to find each and every new book I pick up for months, lacking in comparison and I'm saddened and green with envy that everyone who is yet to read this, still has it's delights to look forward to.
The description had me chomping at the bit, the cover had me swooning and I KNEW without doubt that i ...more
An excellent, creepy, absorbing read. I loved it.
I adored Silent Companions last year and that despite the fact that I normally don't read spooky books. Needless to say that I had high expectations for this one and although I think this is a very decent read, it did not live up to my expectations and also - in my mind - to SC.
The story is told from two characters POV and this can often be a challenge in a novel, especially, when one character has a much better, more intriguing storyline than the other. Dorothea's storyline was for me very wea ...more
Purcell has already proven herself victorious when it comes down to the gothic genre with her debut novel, The Silent Companions. Her follow-up, a creepy Victorian thriller, is just as enthralling.
As with her debut, Purcell employs interweaving narratives to tell her chilling story. The Corset depicts the juxtaposing lives of two young women who sit at opposite ends of the social spectrum. Dorothea Truelove is a well-off, beautiful lady, who refutes all her father’s attempts at having her marrie ...more
Bloody brilliant! And that ending!
I really enjoyed her debut novel The Silent Companions but I absolutely adored & devoured this one. Atmospheric, chilling, thought-provoking & keeps you guessing right until the very last page.
5 Words: Power, control, family, betrayal, love.
Content Warnings: Child abuse, difficult pregnancy, graphic violence.
Book Review: The Corset by Laura Purcell
I'd read a few reviews prior to picking up The Corset, so I was ready for a dark book. Or so I thought. But The Corset was far darker than I had imagined.
The writing and the story are addictive. I could not put this book down. The story is told by Dorothea's present narrative and Ruth's reflection on her past as she tells her story. I have t ...more
This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, after reading and loving Silent Companions. Unfortunately it fell short of her previous one.
I really think Purcell is a talented writer with her atmospheric historical settings, creative plots, ability to raise tension. However, she couldn't escape certain pitfalls in this book that some writers often do.
The Corset was also a Gothic story like Silent Companions with 2 protagonists Ruth and Dotty with intercepting lives. I don't want to ...more