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The Poison Thread
The Poison Thread: A Novel | Laura Purcell
5 posts | 3 read | 6 to read
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.
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Aloisi_tribe
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I posted about this book earlier under the American title, The Corset. I prefer the British title.

#chillingphotochallenge #poison #scarathlon @Clwojick

TheEllieMo It was published in the UK as The Corset 2mo
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Booklover2
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If you read The Silent Companions and loved it, read this now! A perfect October read. Dark Victorian gothic horror rich in atmosphere with all the mysterious elements. Highly recommend!

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London_St_J
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The characters are as trite as the premise. The back of the book suggests this is a good fit “For fans of Shirley Jackson,” but they‘d do much better with Jackson, and perhaps some Euripides. Bailed after seven chapters.

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Jillsmith
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Pickpick

I quite enjoyed this! Victorian murder/gothic, reminded me a bit of Affinity by Sarah Waters - do-gooder Victorian lady visiting a prison and finding more than she bargained for.

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TheLibrarian
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Walked into B&N unaccompanied. This is what happened.

#bookhaul

Lovesbooks87 Happens to me all the time! Nice book haul! 5mo
Shel.f We just got The Poison Thread at work (library). Nice haul! 5mo
IndoorDame Yup. That's what it usually looks like when I leave there too 🙈. Nice choices! 5mo
Freespirit 😂😂😂great work 5mo
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