The Corset by Laura Purell
Publisher: Shikra Press
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Gothic
Publication Date: 7th January 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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 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?”
My Thoughts & Review
Oh, my goodness, I finally made it to the end of this book. After several attempts of reading the hardback and not being able to concentrate on the story I made it half and decided to listen to the rest audiobook.
I was really looking forward to reading this book and was actually one of my anticipated releases, especially after hearing so many great things about both the author and this book, but unfortunately it fell short of my expectations.
Although at the beginning the storyline felt very original and full of suspense it sadly seemed to fizzle out for me, and at I thought the book became sloppy and unstructured with a little bit too much happening.
This book had good character development however, there were quite a lot characters that at times felt were not really needed. I got really confused with these unnecessary characters as I didn’t know what was happening with them and felt that at times Purcell concentrated too much on them rather than the main ones, and in turn I lost sight of the main storyline.
On a positiveI enjoyed reading the historical details and appreciate the amount time Purcell has spent in researching and putting together this book
In conclusion this was a good historical book, but it left me with too many unanswered questions. Sadly, this book wasn’t really for me but I’m glad I gave it a go. If I was asked to recommend a book sadly this would be one of them.
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Happy Reading Everyone!!!