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.
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★★★ 3 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓲𝓿𝓮𝔀 ★★★
I don't know where to start with this one. Sometimes I am successful in trying new to me genres and authors. Sometimes I'm not so successful. Unfortunately, for me, this one is in the latter.
I just don't know what to think with this book. Neither character is reliable. Their stories both have holes in them. I couldn't decide if I wanted to root for them or damn them. Their telling of their stories was a bit sloppy, hard to follow at times. The whole book was choppy and slow moving.
At first, I thought my issue with this book was the Victorian speak. I don't read Victorian books, ever. But after a while, I realized it was just the book itself. It drug. I lost interest. It is in NO way any form of a horror book, that is for sure. And that disappointed me. I had initially picked it up for the horror aspect.
And what is with that ending? I mean, okay karma. But at the same time... who really was at fault? Sometimes endings like this work. In this case, the ending just doesn't work. There is such a huge build up for the ending and then... well, I can't spoil it. It is highly disappointing.
Overall, I just think Victorian books might not just be for me. I think if you typically read these books, you may end up liking it.