Book Review: The Silent Companions

Title: The Silent Companions
Author: Laura Purcell

“If The Silent Companions lands on your night table, don’t plan on leaving your bed anytime soon.” —Lyndsay Faye, bestselling author of Jane Steele

When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure—a silent companion—that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of the estate are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition—that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, The Silent Companions is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect—much like the companions themselves.

“A perfect read for a winter night . . . An intriguing, nuanced and genuinely eerie slice of Victorian gothic.” —The Guardian

My Review

Oh my! I got this book looking for a horror/thriller and I got exactly what I was looking for. This book takes you into a hunted and cursed house. To be honest, this is a hard book to review cause there are so many points and I refuse to put spoilers into this review. Needless to say that there is murder, psychological issues, and theft. The characters are very well written and still leave you with the ability to use your imagination for their looks & how they move.

The backstory is quite interesting and to be honest, I think the author could actually make a series of books just on the lines in the backstory. She closed all the story lines very nicely yet left it open for more books if she chooses, which I hope she does.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

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