The Poison Thread

The Poison Thread

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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?
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Books, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780143134053
Branch Call Number: PURCE
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Corset
Poison thread : a novel


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Aug 17, 2019

Creepy, fascinating, lingering, keeps you on edge. Surprise ending. What is real and what is not? I enjoyed this immensely!

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