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The Corset

(2018)
(The Poison Thread)
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"[An] uncanny Gothic mystery... Satisfying." - New York Times Book Review

"A romping read with a deliciously dark conceit at its center... Reminded me of Alias Grace." - Kiran Millwood Hargrave


A thrilling Victorian gothic horror story about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill


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.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"A romping read with a deliciously dark conceit at its centre. Reminded me of Alias Grace. A worthy successor to The Silent Companions." - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

"Deliciously creepy and atmospheric with a gripping plot, this book will disturb your sleep. And I didn't see THAT ending coming." - Sarah J Harris

"An intriguing premise deftly executed, The Corset is genuinely thrilling." - Elizabeth Haynes

"With the skill of a born story teller Laura Purcell has crafted a tale as intricate and flawless as Ruth's stitches. By turns horrifying and humorous, The Corset is a darkly compelling, unsettling and fascinating book, where pseudo-science meets needlework in the most chilling and unexpected ways ... The Corset is the very best kind of gothic fiction. Reminiscent of Sarah Waters and Margaret Atwood, but uniquely and unmistakably Laura Purcell." - E S Thomson

"The Corset is a sharp-edged, emotionally freighted mystery, rooted in the pitch-black darkness of Victorian poverty. An intriguing, page-turning gothic tale of murder and the supernatural." - Sophia Tobin


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Used availability for Laura Purcell's The Corset

Hardback Editions

September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Corset: The captivating new novel from the prize-winning author of The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4088-8961-7 / 978-1-4088-8961-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poison Thread
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 0-14-313405-1 / 978-0-14-313405-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Corset: The captivating new novel from the prize-winning author of The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4088-8952-8 / 978-1-4088-8952-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Corset: The Captivating New Novel from the Prize-Winning Author of the Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4088-8960-9 / 978-1-4088-8960-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Poison Thread: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Poison Thread: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


November 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4894-6451-4 / 978-1-4894-6451-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


November 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4894-6452-2 / 978-1-4894-6452-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon   


October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Poison Thread: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Corset: The captivating new novel from the prize-winning author of The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU