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:392 pages pages

The Corset Reviews

  • 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...
  • Sara
    Feb 17, 2019
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Like a lot of people, I went into this book having enjoyed the author's previous novel: The Silent Companions, and I was looking forward to another gothic horror filled with suspense. This didn?t quite manage to rea...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    May 15, 2019
    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/06/17/... One of my favorite reads last year was The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell, a Gothic historical chiller whose innovative plot with its creepily delicious vibes and stunning reveals left me reeling for days...
  • Debra
    Sep 19, 2018
    4.5 stars This 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! But what does that say about my alley? It's dark and twisted folks! Doretha "...
  • 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...
  • Kaora
    Aug 04, 2019
    I read The Silent Companions by the same author and was fairly impressed so while the premise for this book sounded a bit not up my alley I still gave it a shot. Murder by sewing? Hmm... However, as the book flips between both women in the present and in the past I found myself draw...
  • Emma
    Oct 26, 2018
    Excellent. ...
  • Phrynne
    Mar 14, 2019
    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 plenty of interest and anticipation in the story to hold the listener's attention at a...
  • Jeanette
    Jul 28, 2019
    To be truthful, it's more a 2.5 star read. First I thought it was the Victorian severity and piles of mire descriptions that were getting to me (and not in a good way). But then I realized that it was more than that which underwhelmed me within this novel. It's just too, too without...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Jun 10, 2019
    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 previous offering " The Silent Companions". I enjoyed this book equally, if not more! ...
  • Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews
    Apr 02, 2019
    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Corset by Laura Purcell. (2018). Dorothea is a young, wealthy and beautiful woman who visits prisoners as charitable work. She also practises phrenology on them (the theory that a person's skull shape can indicat...
  • Jo (A follower of wizards)
    Apr 21, 2019
    This is my second Purcell novel, and after finishing The Corset today, I'm definitely hungry for more of her fiction! This was a disturbing read, that just asks to be read with the lights on. Purcell is masterful in her way of enticing the reader, and reeling them in with words that ha...
  • Mackey
    Jul 10, 2019
    At first glance, this appeared to be an ordinary Victorian book about a young socialite, the daughter of a wealthy nobleman, with far too much time on her hands yet no interest in the usual coquetries of society. She was studying phrenology, a popular belief at the time that the skull ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dannii Elle
    Jun 09, 2019
    Mad or a murderer? Victim or villain? The narrative is split between two perspectives: Dorothea Truelove a young and wealthy girl evading marriage as she peruses her love for the science of phrenology, and Ruth Butterham a young and poverty-stricken girl incarcerated for murder and ...
  • Tammy
    Mar 07, 2019
    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 ability to commit murder and the other is a privileged woman of breeding with a penchan...
  • Michelle
    Jul 09, 2019
    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: Dorothea Truelove who is wealthy and likes to visit women's prisons to help them repe...
  • 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...
  • Richard
    Dec 18, 2018
    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. Most definitions feature the traits ?fear, horror, death, gloom and sometimes ro...
  • Kylie D
    Jan 18, 2019
    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 heiress, and Ruth, a seamstress imprisoned for the murder of her mistress. Dorothea has an ...
  • Stephanie Nicholas
    Jul 13, 2019
    This was, in a word, rather boring. It received high praise from authors and publications alike. I found it interesting subject matter and continued to press on hoping some kind of parapatia would occur for the main character, Ruth, whose story we follow per her narration. None occured...