The Corset

The Corset

The new Victorian chiller from the author of Radio 2 Book Club pick, 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 The new Victorian chiller from the author of Radio 2 Book Club pick, The Silent Companions. Is prisoner Ru...

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Title:The Corset
Author:Laura Purcell
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1408889617
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Corset Reviews

  • michelle
    Aug 29, 2018
    The Corset is another beautifully written Gothic thriller by Laura Purcell. I have read her first novel The Silent companions, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of this. The story is set in Victorian England about two women. Dorothea Truelove, a wealthy woman who is on the committee...
  • Blair
    May 13, 2018
    Dorothea Truelove (yes, really) is a wealthy young woman who regularly visits female prisoners. While she frames this practice as charity, her true obsession is phrenology. She?s convinced that if she can only find the right subject, her theories about the connections between head sh...
  • Vanessa Wild
    Sep 25, 2018
    A creepy, gothic Victorian novel told from the viewpoints of two very different women, Dorothea Truelove and Ruth Butterham. Dorothea comes from a wealthy family, has a fascination for the shape of people?s heads and visits female criminals in prison as part of her charity works.. On...
  • Sally Boocock
    May 16, 2018
    An incredibly well deserved 5 stars goes to Laura Purcell for this gripping novel. After reading the Silent Companions I wondered how she could top it but this novel was absolutely amazing. Telling the story of Ruth Butterham who is in prison for murder. She is visited by Dororthea Tru...
  • Lucy
    Nov 10, 2018
    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Laura Purcell is definitely my new favourite author. The Corset wasn't quite as good as The Silent Companions and it was a lot more difficult to read at times but I still loved it! I was hooked throughout and didn't want to put it down. ...
  • Beadyjan
    Apr 30, 2018
    WOW - brilliant, loved every word of this ravishing historical thriller. I do wish I hadn't read this book!! Only because I'm pretty darned certain it's going to such a hard act to follow that I'm going to find each and every new book I pick up for months, lacking in comparison and...
  • Karen Mace
    Sep 20, 2018
    This was such an eagerly anticipated read for me after being terrified by The Silent Companions, and although The Corset didn't have that same horror element for me, it still had so many chills and creepy moments that I raced through it and loved being transported back into the world o...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    Oct 09, 2018
    5 Words: Power, control, family, betrayal, love. Content Warnings: Child abuse, difficult pregnancy, graphic violence. Book Review: The Corset by Laura Purcell I'd read a few reviews prior to picking up The Corset, so I was ready for a dark book. Or so I thought. But The Corse...
  • Caz
    Mar 11, 2018
    I've given this a B at AAR. Laura Purcell first came to my attention as the author of a couple of very fine pieces of historical fiction, and earlier this year, I awarded her fabulous, spooky supernatural/gothic mystery The Silent Companions DIK status at AAR and gushed about it t...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Sep 26, 2018
    I adored Silent Companions last year and that despite the fact that I normally don't read spooky books. Needless to say that I had high expectations for this one and although I think this is a very decent read, it did not live up to my expectations and also - in my mind - to SC. Th...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    Sep 05, 2018
    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 as SC but sadly this isn't the case. In general, there is no doubt that Purcell is...
  • Emma
    Oct 26, 2018
    Excellent. ...
  • Lady R
    Oct 06, 2018
    Bloody brilliant! And that ending! I really enjoyed her debut novel The Silent Companions but I absolutely adored & devoured this one. Atmospheric, chilling, thought-provoking & keeps you guessing right until the very last page. ...
  • Emma
    Oct 01, 2018
    Twitter was fizzing with excitement about this book even before it was published a few weeks ago. I had serious FOMO and was really pleased when I managed to get a slot to read it on Pigeonhole in the weeks before it hit the shops. Unfortunately, I was side-tracked by a library book,...
  • Lisa
    Nov 03, 2018
    Having enjoyed Laura Purcell's previous offering, The Silent Companions, I was eager to delve into this, her newest release. Although quite different from the aforementioned Companions, I enjoyed this just as much, if not a tiny bit more. The story is set in Victorian England and c...
  • Ingstje
    Oct 21, 2018
    I think I can count the number of historical novels I read so far on one single hand but after reading The Corset I have absolutely no idea why that is anymore. I enjoyed this novel so much! I was truly fascinated by the setting and Ruby?s job as seamstress. Laura Purcell was able to...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Sep 13, 2018
    My gosh, The Corset was such a cool, edgy and randomly horrifying tale, such descriptive beauty to be found here wrapped around a story that is both scary and entirely emotive. Dorothea visits women in jail ? she is sensible, pragmatic and intelligent, using the visits to gain knowl...
  • Aoife
    Oct 24, 2018
    I received this book from the publishers/author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Ruth Butterham is awaiting her hanging in a women's jail, and is pretty secure in her crime. When rich do-gooder, Dorothea Truelove visits Ruth with an aim to study phrenology and use Rut...
  • Leah
    Oct 21, 2018
    Halfway through, haven?t picked it up for two days and feel depressed every time I think of trying to read on, so I?m stopping. The writing?s fine ? not brilliant, but fine. The characterisation is pretty poor, especially of Dorothea, whose voice never rings true. However th...
  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    Oct 01, 2018
    Actual Rating 4.5 Stars Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer: An ARC was provided via Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. This was my first book b...
  • Vicki
    Oct 08, 2018
    Beautifully written, richly dark, suspenseful and achingly sad, this gothic tale had me really gripped. Laura Purcell has become a favourite of mine . ...
  • Umut Reviews
    Sep 07, 2018
    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 her atmospheric historical settings, creative plots, ability to raise tension. Howev...
  • Thebooktrail
    Aug 09, 2018
    The writing is exquisite and sublime. Very gothic and delightfully dark. The idea that someone might be able to sew evil into every stitch they make when mending or making clothes is creepy. The novel as a whole explores this along with the art of measuring someone's head to see if the...
  • Callum McLaughlin
    Jun 12, 2018
    An intricately plotted and thematically rich gothic chiller; this was just the kind of read I was in the mood for. As with the best of its genre, there is an undercurrent of mystery and threat that brews throughout. In this case, it centres around whether or not we can trust Ruth Bu...
  • Rosie Blake
    Sep 21, 2018
    An excellent, creepy, absorbing read. I loved it. ...
  • Emma
    Jul 22, 2018
    If bad things stared happening to everyone around you, to each and every person you stitched clothing for, it's inevitable that you'd start to wonder whether it might somehow, in some crazy way, be your fault. Maybe you're jinxed. Maybe your hatred and anger and despair somehow infecte...
  • Roz
    Nov 06, 2018
    Last night I've finished The Corset by Laura Purcell and I don't know what to think. Or feel. This book is beautifully written (if slightly disturbing) and totally devastating. The way nothing is clear cut, the characters motivation gone through changes and the setting filled with mist...
  • Hannah
    Sep 18, 2018
    I got retroactive FOMO for Laura Purcell?s novel The Silent Companions because everybody seemed to be raving about it, so I knew I needed to read this one. Especially because it focuses on two women, one of them being a prisoner on trial for murder. I love books featuring unapologeti...
  • Evie Braithwaite
    Jul 30, 2018
    Purcell has already proven herself victorious when it comes down to the gothic genre with her debut novel, The Silent Companions. Her follow-up, a creepy Victorian thriller, is just as enthralling. As with her debut, Purcell employs interweaving narratives to tell her chilling story...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Sep 23, 2018
    ??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? After the outstanding The Silent Companions, Laura Purcell creates a story that is dar...