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THE CORSET

Laura Purcell

  • Original Title: THE CORSET
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: RAVEN BOOKS
  • Country: GB
  • 416 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Psychological Thriller

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Moral dilemma, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, Maternity, Paternity, Family secrets, Filiation, Mourning, Infidelity, Redemption, Life choice, Death, Resilience, Facing failure, Manipulation, Conspiracy, Revenge, Injustice, Rivalry, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Commitment, LOVE / HATE, Destruction, Perversion, Hate, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character

Pitch

Victorian chiller. Dorothea meets Ruth, a seamstress awaiting trial for murder. Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches. Her story will shake Dorothea's belief in rationality, and the power of redemption. Is Ruth mad, or a murderer?

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Translation rights sold: US. Options in Russia, Spain, Brazil, Croatia, Italy, Portugal

Published as THE POISON THREAD in the US.

Laura Purcell is a British writer. A former Waterstones bookseller, she is now a full time author of chilling Gothic fiction. Her ghost story THE SILENT COMPANIONS was published in 2017 and will be followed by THE CORSET in 2018. She has also blogged extensively about the Hanoverian monarchy. Her biopic novels QUEEN OF BEDLAM and MISTRESS OF THE COURT are the first in a series covering the lives and loves of the Georgian era queens.

Summary

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? Victim or villain?

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  • Author’s biography

    Laura Purcell is a British writer. A former Waterstones bookseller, she is now a full time author of chilling Gothic fiction. Her ghost story THE SILENT COMPANIONS was published in 2017 and will be followed by THE CORSET in 2018. She has also blogged extensively about the Hanoverian monarchy. Her biopic novels QUEEN OF BEDLAM and MISTRESS OF THE COURT are the first in a series covering the lives and loves of the Georgian era queens.