Tuesday, June 18, 2019

OUT TODAY: The Poison Thread: A Novel by Laura Purcell

(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book: (summary from Goodreads)

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.

my thoughts:

Gothic literature is my new jam. I am so serious. The history, the mystery, and the horror - what more could I want in a story? Am I right?

Laura Purcell has created another Victorian tale that will leave you feeling haunted long after you finish reading. She has written an excellent story about two women who meet at a prison. Dorothea is from the upper class and is volunteering at the local prison, while Ruth is a prisoner who has been charged with murder. The women get to talking and Ruth reveals that it was the supernatural power in her stitching that caused all the death and accidents.  Talk about an unusual confession. Dorothea soon finds herself questioning everything, while the dark and twisty Ruth begins to share her story of a past that will make you feel sorry for her.  These two women are such fascinating characters that you won't want to stop reading about. I absolutely LOVED getting to know them.

The Poison Thread is a well written story that is intriguing, chilling, and surprising. The ending will leave you shocked! And the writing -  oh, my! It is fantastic! Its creepy, atmospheric, vivid, and unsettling. You can't help but laugh one minute and then be frightened the next. This book will hook you from the start and keep you up til the wee hours - you won't want to stop reading! I really enjoyed getting caught up in this spellbinding tale - it was such a delicious read! I just loved the idea of "death by dress" - how crazy and fun! And these two women - their stories - I just loved how different they were and how they could find themselves forging a bond. You can't help but question Ruth - is she telling the truth? is she a cold-blooded killer? or is she mad?  Oh, the twists and turns will leave you questioning everything, just like Dorothea. What a treat!! I would happily recommend The Poison Thread to fans of Purcell and fans of Gothic literature - you will LOVE this book to bits!!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!


bermudaonion said...

I don't know if I've read any gothic literature but you've certainly piqued my interest.

Lark said...

I love a good Gothic tale! I've put this one on my To Read list. It sounds amazing. :)

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