The Corset (Paperback)
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The Corset (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages
Published: 02/05/2019
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Following her hit gothic debut The Silent Companions, Purcell weaves a macabre tale of uncanny powers, social division and female subjugation set against the canvas of vividly drawn Victorian London.

The new Victorian chiller from the author of 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 murderer?

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408889527
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 292 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A compelling slice of early Victorian gothic … Vivid and well researched, this book is an evocative portrait of a society that punishes women who dare to contravene social norms … as well as a splendid mystery with suitably melodramatic flourishes - Guardian

The Silent Companions was a chillingly note-perfect take on Victorian gothic and [Purcell] makes a brilliant return to the genre with this much-anticipated tale ... Heart-pounding … A classic Victorian tale of murder most foul, twisted with a curious supernatural thread - Stylist

Laura is a masterful writer, her deliciously gothic stories so skilfully woven that you can't get them out of your head even if you wanted to - Stacey Halls, author of Sunday Times bestseller, The Familiars

The Corset [sent] chills shooting down my spine ... Nods to the classic gothic novel and Sarah Waters’s Affinity - Red

This gothic chiller casts an addictive spell - Sunday Mirror

Intricate, atmospheric and chilling – with a wonderfully dark premise at its heart - Woman & Home

[A] thrilling, chilling Gothic tale … [A] deliciously dark mystery - Psychologies

Chilling ... All but the most cynical will find it hard to stop turning the pages - Observer

The Silent Companions was a gothic masterpiece and The Corset follows with confidence ... 16-year-old Ruth is on trial for murder but finds herself on the receiving end of Dorothea Truelove’s charitable ministrations ... their joint narrative twists and turns, leading readers to the most haunting of endings - Emerald Street

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, author of 'The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder'

Purcell’s tale brilliantly captures the restricted lives of Victorian women, while pitting magical thinking against scientific rationale - Mail on Sunday

The Corset is a contender for my Book of the Year. Ruth and Dorothea will live in my mind for a long time. Beautifully written, intricately plotted, a masterpiece - Sarah Hilary

She’s done it again. More macabre magnificence from Laura Purcell - intricately stitched together like one of seamstress Ruth’s terrifying creations. The Corset will have you crushed within its vice. Brilliant’ - Anna Mazzola

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

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

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 - ES 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

Praise for The Silent Companions: 'A sinister slice of Victorian gothic … Creepy and page-turning - The Times

A perfect read for a winter night … An intriguing, nuanced and genuinely eerie slice of Victorian gothic - Guardian

This intriguingly plotted novel is the full-blown gothic, maintaining throughout an unsettling claustrophobic atmosphere mixed with some unusual historical detail - Daily Mail

The nights are drawing in, low mists hang over the ground… What you really need is something to terrify the bejeezus out of you. And Laura Purcell has nailed it with a story that conjures up Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, Henry James’s The Turn of The Screw and a little bit of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - Emerald Street

Irresistibly creepy, this romps along, Purcell turning her screws with skill. It’s what crumpets and dismal afternoons were made for - Glamour

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“Guilty or innocent? You must decide...”

Immerse yourself in this dark world. This Victorian story is quite chilling from the start. Purcell’s beautiful sentences are deep and meaningful like an intricately woven piece of fabric. Fragile yet artistically... More

Hardback edition
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“Victim or villain....”

Laura Purcell’s debut novel ‘ Silent Companions ‘ was the Gothic novel of the year. With her second novel, she has proven that she is able to to weave another skin-tingling, heart stopping story of two women, Ruth and... More

Hardback edition
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“Indulge Yourself”

An amazing story - it had me gripped from the beginning. It is so well written and I enjoyed every moment however dark,chilling and acute it became.
It is a great example of atmospheric writing. It had me- I was... More

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