After-hours Book Discussion: The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell

Friday, Oct 22nd at 6:30pm

Join us for an after-hours book discussion at the library! Not only will we have the library all to ourselves but we’ll pull up the comfy chairs and meet in the middle of it all!

Participants must register for this discussion (so we can make sure our comfy space is ready for everyone). Books are available now!

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell

4.16 stars on goodreads, 351 pages

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.