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.

Book Review: Food52 Any Night Grilling

Title: Food52 Any Night Grilling
Author: Paula Disbrowe

In Food52’s Any Night Grilling, author (and Texan) Paula Disbrowe coaches you through the fundamentals of cooking over fire so the simple pleasure of a freshly grilled meal can be enjoyed any night of the week—no long marinades or low-and-slow cook times here. Going way beyond your standard burgers and brats, Disbrowe offers up streamlined, surprising recipes for Crackly Rosemary Flatbread, Grilled Corn Nachos, and Porchetta-Style Pork Kebabs, alongside backyard classics like Sweet & Smoky Drumsticks, Gulf Coast Shrimp Tacos, and Green Chile Cheeseburgers. You’ll also be charring fruits and vegetables in coals for caramelized sweetness, bringing day-old bread back to life, and using lingering heat to cook ahead for future meals. Filled with clever tips, lush photography, and what will surely become your favorite go-to recipes, Any Night Grilling is the only book you and your grill need.

My Review

If you like grilling then this book is for you. I love grilling, but rarely have the chance to do it. This book gives you a bunch of tips and tricks for the different ways of grilling. The recipes all look fancy, more complicated and fancy then I would attempt, but look so good. So who knows, I may give them a try sometime.

This is a non-fiction book, so I am quite honestly not a reader of non-fiction so my review is not as in depth as it would be for a fiction book. I rarely read non-fiction so I apologize for the lack of depth to my review.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Song of Isabel

Title: Song of Isabel
Author: Ida Curtis

Lady Isabel is just twelve years old when Lord Chetwynd rescues her from being raped by warriors in his company. When they meet eight years later, each has a good reason for entering an arranged marriage. Together, they embark on a perilous journey to the court of King Louis. On the way, danger from enemies on the journey brings them closer together; when they arrive at court, rivalry and intrigue nearly parts them. Ultimately, however, they survive these trials through their own native wit and charm—and gain new respect and love for one another.

Rich with historical detail and drama, Song of Isabel is a compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue.

My Review

Ok, I read this book in one sitting (or night since I read before I go to bed). I thought this was gonna be a straight historical fiction when in fact it was a standard hero saves heroine but with the twist being that Lady Isabel is more then capable of saving herself and Lord Chetwynd. She manages to escape kidnappers, manages to get out of a queen’s snare, and save her husband from a king’s hatred.

Don’t get me wrong, Lord Chetwynd and Lady Isabel need and love each other even though they start as a marriage of convenience it turns into a love match. The author leaves you hanging so hopefully there is more to their story. If you like romance novels in historical times then you will enjoy this one.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Dark Lies

Title: Dark Lies (Detective Rhodes and Radley crime series Book 1)
Author: Nick Hollin
Book Description:

Don’t trust your friends. Don’t trust your family. Don’t trust yourself…

When a young mother is found dead in her home with mysterious symbols drawn on her body, DI Katie Rhodes is shaken to her core; something is telling her that the clues link back to her old partner, Nathan Radley.

Formerly one of the best criminal psychologists on the police force, Nathan was renowned for getting deep into the minds of the murderers he hunted. But for the past year he has lived in isolation, terrified of losing control over his own dark desires…

Katie swore she’d never knock on Nathan’s door again, but when another woman’s body is found, she knows she doesn’t have a choice.

As the body count rises and the calling cards get increasingly personal, Katie and Nathan realize that someone very close to them is playing a dangerous game. Who can they trust, and how many more innocent lives will be taken before they can crack this disturbing riddle?

An absolutely nail-biting serial-killer thriller. Fans of The Girl in the Ice, or anything by Angela Marsons or Rachel Abbott will not want to miss this page-turning debut!

Previously titled: In The Blood

My Review

Shocking! Captivating! Wow! Those don’t even describe this book adequately. This is a “can’t put down” “what is gonna happen next” book. This book was so hard to put down that I read well past my bedtime and actually fell asleep with
my book on the bed with me. I never do that so that should tell you how good this book is.

Katie Rhodes is a “on her way out” detective that is trying to solve a murder. She used to partner with Nathan Radley until one case was too much for the criminal psychologist and Nathan went into isolation because of his “dark desires”. Once the main story line starts and you meet the two of them you automatically are drawn into the story so much that it is hard to put down.

Though at times it felt like there should be more of a back story you find out that back story the more you read the book. It is amazing how Nick Hollin managed to make you feel like you need to know more of the previous case that broke Nathan but by the end of the book you learn why & how it broke both Nathan and Katie.

I can not say enough good things about this thriller. Though I do admit it is not up to Stephen King’s short stories, it is close enough to give you chills. I give this book a solid 5 stars! Please, pick it up and read it, I don’t think you will be sorry you did.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The King’s Witch

Title: The King’s Witch
Author: Tracy Borman
Book Description:

In March of 1603, as she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth of England, Frances Gorges dreams of her parents’ country estate, where she has learned to use flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. She is happy to stay at home when King James of Scotland succeeds to the throne. His court may be shockingly decadent, but his intolerant Puritanism sees witchcraft in many of the old customs—punishable by death.

But when her ambitious uncle forcibly brings Frances to the royal palace, she is a ready target for the twisted scheming of the Privy Seal, Lord Cecil. As a dark campaign to destroy both King and Parliament gathers pace, culminating in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, Frances is surrounded by danger, finding happiness only with the King’s precocious young daughter, and with Tom Wintour, the one courtier she feels she can trust.But is he all that he seems?

Acclaimed as a brilliant historian, Tracy Borman proves with this thrilling debut novel that she is also a born storyteller.

My Review

This book is amazing. Told from the point of view of a very strong willed woman. What Francis goes through just to make it in her life is amazing. The characters are completely well written out that I, honestly, wanted to smack her uncle, lol. Francis is a herb woman that in historical times would be labeled as a witch. That was completely stupid and just another way for men to control the women in the times. That is a different rant so I won’t go into it right now.

This story takes place as King James comes from Scotland at Queen Elizabeth’s death (may she continue to rest in peace). It takes you through King James of Scotland’s witch hunt and Lord Cecil’s evil plot to prove Francis is a witch. Thankfully the Queen steps in and protects her but not till Francis has been tortured. With all this going Frances falls in love & loses her love.

There are plots and schemes withing plots and schemes in the story line. Made it very hard to put down. I stopped the the first night at 57% read and then finished it the next night. It grabbed your interest and you just had to know what happens. You want to laugh and cry at the same time in parts of it. I can not wait till the next one comes out and I am adding Tracy Borman to my authors to watch and read.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.