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The Corset

Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary

The new Victorian chiller from the author of Radio 2 Book Club pick The Silent Companions sees a teenage seamstress convinced she can control people’s fates through the clothes she makes for them.

Dorothea and Ruth. Ruth and Dorothea. 

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 is asked to visit Ruth as part of her charitable works, she could not be more delighted. Her first encounter with a murderer will provide the perfect opportunity to explore Dorothea’s fascination with phrenology and test her theories that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. 

But the story Ruth has to tell - of bitterness and betrayal, of death and destruction - will shake Dorothea’s belief in rationality and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad or a murderer?

©2018 Laura Purcell (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Disappointing

The performance was, on the whole, good but there's an issue with the recording in that it picks up the narrator's breaths and swallows. it makes for an uncomfortable listen at many points... a little squeltchy.

The book itself is enjoyable enough although not as good as The Silent Companions. The twist is heavily telegraphed well in advance so that by the time the characters work out what's going on you're intensely frustrated that it's taken them so long.

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ok but not exceptional or one I'd recommend

entertaining but not one I'll be reading again or recommending. narrator struggled with male characters

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fascinating chilling story

read beautiful in a voice you good listen to for days. which I have! did not want to stop this recording of this thrilling story and it's vivid characters

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brilliant

I will admit to selecting this book for its cover, but having been terrible at reading recently I have found this to have renewed my vigour. An excellent story with good twists and turns, nice to see a genuinely good historical novel with strong female protagonists that isn't a dreary love story!

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Fantastic listen

I absolutely enjoyed this book.It was well read and the story in my opinion was thought provoking I have never listened to Laura Percell before but I will now keep a lookout for other novels by her .I would recommend this book 100%

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perfect in every way!

what an amazingly compelling, beautiful tale. from beginning to end, unputdownable. not a dull word

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Excellent book

I enjoyed this shop much. very well written, excellent story and some great twists. reminded me of novels by Sarah waters. well with a read. really good author.

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amazing

an amazing gothic tale! the writing is amazing and the comparison between two different women's life's almost cruel before they come together.

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Another excellent book

from the author of The Silent Companions. Absolutely love it and I am pleased to find that there will be two more books although no date is given for their publishing.

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