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

  • michelle
    Aug 29, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an achingly tragic, sad and haunting read, that's still lingering with me as I think about it. Laura Purcell did a great job with this one following the success of "The Silent Companions" which was an eerie, goose bump inducing read that had to be read with the lights on. In "...

    I do enjoy Laura Purcell's writing and this is another creepy Gothic tale, although not as frightening as The Silent Companions. I love Ruth and it's the parts of the book that tell her story, in Ruth's own words, that I'll remember the most. A very hard book to put down although there...

    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...

    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...

    I'd give this 6 stars if I could, and with 4 reading weeks left in the year, I'm also fairly certain The Corset by Laura Purcell is going to be my No 1. favourite book of the year. An historical fiction novel, The Corset is essentially a Victorian gothic thriller. Told in alternatin...

    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. ...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an achingly tragic, sad and haunting read, that's still lingering with me as I think about it. Laura Purcell did a great job with this one following the success of "The Silent Companions" which was an eerie, goose bump inducing read that had to be read with the lights on. In "...

    I do enjoy Laura Purcell's writing and this is another creepy Gothic tale, although not as frightening as The Silent Companions. I love Ruth and it's the parts of the book that tell her story, in Ruth's own words, that I'll remember the most. A very hard book to put down although there...

    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...

    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...

    I'd give this 6 stars if I could, and with 4 reading weeks left in the year, I'm also fairly certain The Corset by Laura Purcell is going to be my No 1. favourite book of the year. An historical fiction novel, The Corset is essentially a Victorian gothic thriller. Told in alternatin...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an achingly tragic, sad and haunting read, that's still lingering with me as I think about it. Laura Purcell did a great job with this one following the success of "The Silent Companions" which was an eerie, goose bump inducing read that had to be read with the lights on. In "...

    I do enjoy Laura Purcell's writing and this is another creepy Gothic tale, although not as frightening as The Silent Companions. I love Ruth and it's the parts of the book that tell her story, in Ruth's own words, that I'll remember the most. A very hard book to put down although there...

    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...

    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...

    I'd give this 6 stars if I could, and with 4 reading weeks left in the year, I'm also fairly certain The Corset by Laura Purcell is going to be my No 1. favourite book of the year. An historical fiction novel, The Corset is essentially a Victorian gothic thriller. Told in alternatin...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an achingly tragic, sad and haunting read, that's still lingering with me as I think about it. Laura Purcell did a great job with this one following the success of "The Silent Companions" which was an eerie, goose bump inducing read that had to be read with the lights on. In "...

    I do enjoy Laura Purcell's writing and this is another creepy Gothic tale, although not as frightening as The Silent Companions. I love Ruth and it's the parts of the book that tell her story, in Ruth's own words, that I'll remember the most. A very hard book to put down although there...

    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...

  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    Feb 15, 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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an achingly tragic, sad and haunting read, that's still lingering with me as I think about it. Laura Purcell did a great job with this one following the success of "The Silent Companions" which was an eerie, goose bump inducing read that had to be read with the lights on. In "...

  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    Oct 09, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an achingly tragic, sad and haunting read, that's still lingering with me as I think about it. Laura Purcell did a great job with this one following the success of "The Silent Companions" which was an eerie, goose bump inducing read that had to be read with the lights on. In "...

    I do enjoy Laura Purcell's writing and this is another creepy Gothic tale, although not as frightening as The Silent Companions. I love Ruth and it's the parts of the book that tell her story, in Ruth's own words, that I'll remember the most. A very hard book to put down although there...

    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...

    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...

  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Nov 28, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an achingly tragic, sad and haunting read, that's still lingering with me as I think about it. Laura Purcell did a great job with this one following the success of "The Silent Companions" which was an eerie, goose bump inducing read that had to be read with the lights on. In "...

    I do enjoy Laura Purcell's writing and this is another creepy Gothic tale, although not as frightening as The Silent Companions. I love Ruth and it's the parts of the book that tell her story, in Ruth's own words, that I'll remember the most. A very hard book to put down although there...

    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...

    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...

    I'd give this 6 stars if I could, and with 4 reading weeks left in the year, I'm also fairly certain The Corset by Laura Purcell is going to be my No 1. favourite book of the year. An historical fiction novel, The Corset is essentially a Victorian gothic thriller. Told in alternatin...

  • Debra
    Sep 19, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

  • Kate
    Nov 23, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an achingly tragic, sad and haunting read, that's still lingering with me as I think about it. Laura Purcell did a great job with this one following the success of "The Silent Companions" which was an eerie, goose bump inducing read that had to be read with the lights on. In "...

    I do enjoy Laura Purcell's writing and this is another creepy Gothic tale, although not as frightening as The Silent Companions. I love Ruth and it's the parts of the book that tell her story, in Ruth's own words, that I'll remember the most. A very hard book to put down although there...

  • Emma
    Oct 26, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

  • Lisa
    Nov 03, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an achingly tragic, sad and haunting read, that's still lingering with me as I think about it. Laura Purcell did a great job with this one following the success of "The Silent Companions" which was an eerie, goose bump inducing read that had to be read with the lights on. In "...

    I do enjoy Laura Purcell's writing and this is another creepy Gothic tale, although not as frightening as The Silent Companions. I love Ruth and it's the parts of the book that tell her story, in Ruth's own words, that I'll remember the most. A very hard book to put down although there...

    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...

    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...

    I'd give this 6 stars if I could, and with 4 reading weeks left in the year, I'm also fairly certain The Corset by Laura Purcell is going to be my No 1. favourite book of the year. An historical fiction novel, The Corset is essentially a Victorian gothic thriller. Told in alternatin...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Sep 13, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Emma
    Jul 22, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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

    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 ...

    ??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...

  • Catherine
    Oct 08, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Excellent. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "At what point do we cease to be merciful, and become fools?" I absolutely loved The Silent Companions and knew I had to read this other novel by Laura Purcell. The premise of The Corset is reminding of Sarah Water's Affinity and in another way of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, two ...

  • Richard
    Dec 18, 2018

    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 ...

    ??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...

    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 "...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...