The Corset

Dorothea and Ruth. Prison visitor and prisoner. Powerful and powerless.

Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder. When Dorothea’s charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she is keen to test her hypothesis that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. 

But when she meets teenage seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another theory: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread. For Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches. The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations – of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses – will shake Dorothea’s belief in rationality and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer?

Laura's previous book, The Silent Companions, was a Radio 2 bookclub pick and Goldsboro Book of the Month.

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About the author

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and she lives in Colchester. Her first novel for Bloomsbury, The Silent Companions, was a Zoe Ball Cactus book club pick.

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Why We Like It

  • "The Corset is a contender for my Book of the Year. Ruth and Dorothea will live in my mind for a long time. Beautifully written, intricately plotted, a masterpiece." Sarah Hilary
  • "More macabre magnificence from Laura Purcell - intricately stitched together like one of seamstress Ruth's terrifying creations. The Corset will have you crushed within its vice. Brilliant." Anna Mazzola
  • "An intriguing premise deftly executed, The Corset is genuinely thrilling." Elizabeth Haynes

Author

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and she lives in Colchester. Her first novel for Bloomsbury, The Silent Companions, was a Zoe Ball Cactus book club pick.

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How it works

The book will be delivered in 8 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

We believe that shared reading leads to new ideas and connections. That’s why we have a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between our readers. Post a comment and all your fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications (customise them here) when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

We kindly ask that you help us spread the brilliance of this book and support the author by leaving an Amazon review at the end the serialisation. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure. 

Any questions? Drop us a line on laurence@pigeonholepublishing.com.

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