The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell
Title: The Poison Thread
Author: Laura Purcell
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
❥Synopsis: A thrilling Victorian gothic horror tale about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill
Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy, and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor, and awaiting trial for murder.
When Dorothea’s charitable work brings her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted by the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets one of the prisoners, the teenaged seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another strange idea: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread—because Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.
The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations—of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses—will shake Dorothea’s belief in rationality, and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer? The Poison Thread is a spine-tingling, sinister read about the evil that lurks behind the facade of innocence.
❥My Review: I really wasn’t prepared for what I was about to read when I started The Poison Thread. We follow Dorothea, a wealthy young women with a fascination towards phrenology *the study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental illness.. totally had to look this up, just being real. Because of this fascination she takes it upon herself to visit the prison and talk to the inmates to better understand their motives behind their crimes. And at the same time
We also follow Ruth, she’s about to go on trial for murder.
When Dorothea meets Ruth for the first time, she’s aware that Ruth, and Ruth’s story is different, it’s the beginning of a life changing relationship.
The novel is written in a dual POV and we learn a lot from both characters, but personally I was more drawn to Ruth’s story, and thought Dorothea’s POV was almost first world problems compared to Ruth’s. I was to knock some sense into Dorothea..
“Dotty, there’s many more much important things to worry about!”
So I found myself flying through Dorothea’s chapters, but reeaaally taking my time reading Ruth’s chapters..
The last few chapters hit me hard, and unexpectedly.. I totally had to reread the last few chapters over and over again trying to understand.. “but why??!”
Definitely a page turner, will keep you on your toes, and the twists are Cray-ZY!
On sale June 18th!
Thank You #PenguinBooks for sending me this beautiful galley copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.. #Partner