HORROR IS HAVING A MOMENT: With tremendous atmosphere and a timeless evocation of classic ghost stories, Laura Purcell will appeal to fans of classics like The Haunting of Hill House as well as current horror crazes like American Horror Story and the films Hereditary and The Babadook.
JOJO MOYES IS A FAN!: She called The Silent Companions an “extraordinary, memorable and truly haunting book.”
INCREDIBLY ATMOSPHERIC READ: Laura Purcell writes fantastic, classic Victorian gothic stories, and she powerfully conjures the feeling of that moment in history.
BASED ON A TRUE STORY: Various threads in the book have real life connections. The story of the abused apprentices at the dress shop was inspired by the Old Bailey records from the murder trial of thirteen-year-old milliner’s apprentice Ann Nailor. She met her death in 1758 at the hands of a mother and daughter both named Sarah Metyard. The gruesome death of Rosalind Oldacre through poisonous green material also had a real life inspiration. Artificial flower-maker Matilda Scheurer died in 1861 with identical symptoms.
Praise for The Poison Thread:
[The Poison Thread is] a compelling slice of early Victorian gothic…Vivid and well researched, this book is an evocative portrait of a society that punishes women who dare to contravene social norms…a splendid mystery with suitably melodramatic flourishes.“—The Guardian
”The Poison Thread [sent] chills shooting down my spine…Nods to the classic gothic novel and Sarah Waters’s Affinity.“—Red
”Phantasmic thrills…A true page-turner.“—Times Literary Supplement
”This gothic chiller casts an addictive spell.“—Sunday Mirror
”With the skill of a born story teller Laura Purcell has crafted a tale as intricate and flawless as Ruth’s stitches. By turns horrifying and humorous, The Poison Thread is a darkly compelling, unsettling and fascinating book, where pseudo-science meets needlework in the most chilling and unexpected ways…the very best kind of gothic fiction. Reminiscent of Sarah Waters and Margaret Atwood, but uniquely and unmistakably Laura Purcell."—ES Thomson, author of the Jem Flockhart Mysteries
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