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The poison thread / Laura Purcell.

Purcell, Laura, author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library PUR (Text) 33500013083498 New Checked out 11/06/2019
Ulen LINK Site PUR (Text) 33500013083506 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780143134053
  • ISBN: 0143134051
  • Physical Description: 350 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note: First published in Great Britain as The Corset by Raven Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2018
Summary, etc.: Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy, and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor, and awaiting trial for murder. When Dorothea's charitable work brings her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted by 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 one of the prisoners, the teenaged seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another strange idea: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread--because 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 murderer? For fans of Shirley Jackson, The Poison Thread is a spine-tingling, sinister read about the evil that lurks behind the facade of innocence.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    A dark, gothic story of two women's lives entangled at Oakgate Prison. Young Ruth Butterham is serving a sentence for murder. Wealthy heiress Dorothea Truelove visits inmates as part of her charity duties—with the hidden agenda of studying phrenology, the study of the skull to discern character and mental ability. The early Victorian-era mystery draws upon Dorothea's rebellion against society's expectations and Ruth's struggle with poverty and the possible power to kill with nothing but her talented sewing needle. Charged with killing her villainous employer and school bully, Ruth tells Dorothea of her extraordinary experiences as a dark cloud comes over the prison as well, while Dorothea works out complicated plans for a disagreeable marriage. Purcell alternates character narratives to question motives, reality, and truth on a "bumpy" ride full of violence and death. Both girls hang by a thread but neither can control the outcome. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Laura Purcell is the author of The Silent Companions. She worked in local government, the financial industry and a bookshop before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Colchester, the oldest recorded town in England, with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Fascinated by the darker side of royal history, Laura has also written two historical fiction novels about the Hanoverian dynasty.

Subject: Women prisoners > Fiction.
Women murderers > Fiction.
Women dressmakers > Fiction.
Social classes > England > Fiction.
Prison visits > Fiction.
Phrenology > Fiction.
Great Britain > History > Victoria, 1837-1901 > Fiction.
Genre: Paranormal fiction.
Gothic fiction.
Paranormal fiction.

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