The Poison Thread

The Poison Thread

A thrilling Victorian gothic horror tale 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? The Poison Thread is a spine-tingling, sinister read about the evil that lurks behind the facade of innocence.

Title:The Poison Thread
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143134053
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    The Poison Thread Reviews

  • Amalia Gavea

    ‘’Perhaps I do have the liberty to come and go as I please. But I do not attend for my own amusement. I came for you. To offer some comfort.’’ Jesus Christ, this book...Where do I begin? Afte...

  • Debra

    4.5 starsThis book had my attention from the get-go! I loved the synopsis: Is prisoner Ruth Butterham mad or a murderer? Victim or villain? I knew this book would be pretty much up my alley and it was...

  • Kylie D

    I really wanted to read this book after I came across the blurb, and the reality certainly didn't disappoint. The narrative is shared by two young women in Victorian England, Dorothea, a wealthy heire...

  • Tammy

    The tenor of this novel is one of menace and foreboding as two women’s lives intersect at a prison. One is a prisoner and accomplished seamstress whose tools of her trade may include the monstrous a...

  • Richard

    The Corset is a ‘gothic’ novel by Laura Purcell set in Victorian England.Gothic is a term I had never really questioned before. Out of interest I looked up several definitions of Gothic Literature...

  • Umut Reviews

    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 ...

  • Phrynne

    I listened to the audiobook of The Corset and it worked well in that format. The narrator had a pleasant voice which never intruded yet made it quite clear which character was speaking. And there was ...

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    Thank you to Penguin Books who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.I was tipped off of this gothic murder mystery by my Goodreads friend Mary Beth, who knew I had enjoyed this author's previ...

  • Ova - Excuse My Reading

    The Corset was a long awaited book for me, after devouring Silent Companions , and I feel extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to read this earlier.I wish I could say I liked this book as much ...

  • Michelle

    I read Laura Purcell's The Silent Companions last year and I adored it so I was thrilled to get an ARC of her newest novel, The Poison Thread. We have two women from very different social classes: Dor...