The Corset by Laura Purcell

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 her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted with the chance to explore her fas...

Details The Corset

TitleThe Corset
Release DateSep 20th, 2018
PublisherRaven Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews The Corset

  • Amalia Gavea
    ‘’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 dark, haunting, atmospheric, mysterious and complex. So different to his successful predecessor and yet equally powerful and agonizingly intense.The Corset will surely ente...
  • Umut Rados
    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. However, she couldn't escape certain pitfalls in this book that some writers often do. The Corset was also a Gothic story like Silent Companions with 2 protagonists Ruth a...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    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 a skillful story teller and she's done an extensive research to take us back to the times the book is in. However there are some major problems in The Corset that let ...
  • Emma
    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 infected the material, maybe your bad luck rubs off. Or maybe you did it on purpose? Maybe, if you tried, you could do it again...So goes the tale of Ruth Butterham, in pr...
  • Hannah
    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 unapologetically difficult women and Ruth and Dorothea definitely fit the bill.Dorothea Truelove is a young, unmarried woman, with plenty of suitors who would rather spend her...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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 knowledge for her scientific research. But when she meets Ruth, whose life has been dark and twisted, who believes she holds within her a terrible power, Dorothea slowly b...
  • Blair
    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 shape and character will be proven right, and the women of New Oakgate Prison are the perfect guinea pigs. However, time is running out: Dorothea is 25, and her fathe...
  • Callum McLaughlin
    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 Butterham, a 16-year-old seamstress accused of murder, who claims to possess some kind of supernatural ability. Is she telling the truth; is she lying; or is she simply m...
  • Evie Braithwaite
    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. The Corset depicts the juxtaposing lives of two young women who sit at opposite ends of the social spectrum. Dorothea Truelove is a well-off, beautiful lady, who refu...
  • Sally Boocock
    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 Truelove who tries to discover whether Ruth is guilty or not. Is it possible to kill with a needle and thread or is Ruth a victim or murderer?The story of these two wo...
  • Vanessa Wild
    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.. One such female is Ruth who is awaiting trial for murder and who believes she has caused deaths via her sewing, a supernatural force.This is a dark and atmospheric ta...
  • Karen Mace
    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 of Ruth and Dorothea.They are very different characters and that's the strength of this story. You get to enjoy their very different outlook on life brought together...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    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. The story is told from two characters POV and this can often be a challenge in a novel, especially, when one character has a much better, more intriguing storyline than t...
  • michelle
    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 of New Oakgate Prison. Who spends her time visiting the inmates in prison and then there is Ruth Butterham, 16-year-old seamstress who has an exceptional talent. She...
  • Beadyjan
    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 I'm saddened and green with envy that everyone who is yet to read this, still has it's delights to look forward to. The description had me chomping at the bit, the cov...
  • Thebooktrail
    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 they have criminal tendencies. There's lots of chilling facts and ideas here but for me, the plot wasn't as nicely stitched as it could have been. No one thread runnin...
  • Rosie Blake
    An excellent, creepy, absorbing read. I loved it.
  • Pheadra Farah
    If after completing a book I have to think about what to rate it, it never gets five stars. The Corset left me with no hesitation. A full five stars for this brilliantly written gothic thriller that encompasses hate, love, fear, strength, crime and punishment.It is the tale of two women, in many ways totally different from one another, and yet in many unseen ways, two sides of the same coin. Dorothea Truelove is a wealthy 25-year old single woman...
  • Lauren Roberts
    An atmospheric, chiller thriller of epic Gothic proportions!The story centres around two ladies. One genteel lady Dorothea Truelove who spends her inheritance and time visiting prison's to talk to women criminals. Dorothea has an interest in skulls (phrenology) and wonders if the shape of a person's head can make someone a criminal or if they are a victim of circumstance. On one prison visit Dorothea meets 16 year old Ruth Butterham who has been ...
  • Helen
    A gothic masterpiece. Dark, chilling, harrowing and heart breaking, but inventive and evocative, this story weaves its way into your subconscious and the threads stay with you. I was worried that the ending wouldn't be able to live up to the rest of the story ... but it most certainly does. One of my best of 2018, I thoroughly recommend this novel. It's STONKING!!
  • Ellen
    Another exceptionally twisted and cleverly plotted novel by Laura Purcell. 'The Corset' affirms Purcell’s status not only as one of the greatest authors of the Gothic genre, but of the 21st century. A terrific novel by a truly outstanding, and talented, writer.
  • Caz
    Not sure of the final grade yet - probably a B-, so 3.5 stars rounded up.Review to follow.
  • Niki
    May i say, wow!! I loved this book!I always seek to find good Victorian / gothic thrillers and this is one of them!!Very atmospheric and quite dark!! I liked the way that the author unfolded the plot and the narrating style, which i found brilliant!!I can definitely say that this book is as same, or even better than the first book of the author - the silent companions!Definitely 5 stars from me!!
  • Kiran Hargrave
    A sublime successor to The Silent Companions. Ruth is a wonderful creation - so mournful - and there is a truly sinister figure in the form of the Captain. Excellent.
  • Gerry
    This is the second novel following author, Laura Purcell’s debut, ‘The Silent Companions’ which happened to be a book that I binge read in one sitting. That wouldn’t have been so bad if I wasn’t supposed to have been doing a buddy read of it!I, like many others, found ‘The Silent Companions,’ well written, cleverly crafted and engaging. As usual my review is pending (that should be my actual tagline in life) and I gave it 3 stars.It...
  • Celine's book corner
    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Dorothea is a young noble lady who spends most of her days studying phrenology (a study focused on measuring the human skull, that believes that certain areas of the skull have specific functions). She dreams of being able to prove that the shape of someone’s skull can determine whether a person is good or evil. To assist in those studies, she often ...
  • Marjorie
    This is an attempt at a novel in the grand Gothic, Victorian style. That touch of mystery, the daring twist to the end, a glimpse of the unfortunate poor and grisly death backdropped against Society. Sadly, it didn't quite pull it off. All the ingredients are there but I found the links between the potentially supernatural nature of the deaths and the more logical causes (diptheria, arsenic poisoning) to be overlaboured and somewhat distracting. ...
  • Stephanie
    The Corset is a book that contains everything I love in fiction. Historical crime with a gothic twist. It also is convincing portrayal of how difficult it was for those who lived in poverty and the attitudes towards women at the time.The two women concerned, Dorothea who is a wealthy and single socialite is fascinated by phrenology. She engages in good deeds at the women’s prison and uses the women there to learn more about it. Ruth is one of t...
  • Latkins
    This is a brilliant novel, inspired by a real case from the 18th century, but set in the 19th century. Ruth Butterham, just 16 years old, is being held in prison for murder. There, young, wealthy do-gooder Dorothea, only 25 herself, visits her to see if she can be redeemed. Dorothea, whose mother died when she was young, is trying to avoid being married off by her father, as she's secretly engaged to a policeman and is obsessed with the 'science'...
  • Orláith
    Originally posted at'm dumbfounded.I don't know what to say about this book other than 'wow'. I've been asked who my favourite author is many, many times yet each time I've been unable to choose. That changes now.Last year I read and adored The Silent Companions so much that I didn't know how Laura could top it with her next book. But she did.The Corset is simply wonderful. I loved the pacing, the setting...