When I first read the summary to this book I was immediately intrigued. With the words “Victorian gothic horror tale” in the first sentence, this sounds like it is my kind of book! On top of that, it has been getting some really good reviews so I am excited to get my hands on a copy…and so can you! Check out what some reviewers are saying about the book and then get this on your #TBR. It releases on June 18th so you don’t have to wait too long to pick it up too!The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Penguin on June 18th 2019
Genres: Fiction, Ghost, Gothic, Historical
A thrilling Victorian gothic horror tale about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill
Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy, and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor, and awaiting trial for murder.
When Dorothea's charitable work brings her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted by the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person's skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets one of the prisoners, the teenaged seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another strange idea: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread--because Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.
The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations--of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses--will shake Dorothea's belief in rationality, and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer? The Poison Thread is a spine-tingling, sinister read about the evil that lurks behind the facade of innocence.
“A fascinating mystery that’s rich in disquieting detail and atmosphere.”—BookPage
“A chilling Victorian gothic thriller with supernatural overtones… This smart and sophisticated historical thriller will appeal to fans of Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace.”—Publishers Weekly
“Expertly threads splashes of Grand Guignol violence with dark gothic atmosphere to make for a chilling and engrossing read.”—Kirkus Reviews
“By turns horrifying and humorous, THE POISON THREAD is a darkly compelling, unsettling and fascinating book, where pseudo-science meets needlework in the most chilling and unexpected ways… the very best kind of gothic fiction. Reminiscent of Sarah Waters and Margaret Atwood, but uniquely and unmistakably Laura Purcell.” —ES Thomson, author of the Jem Flockhart Mysteries