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review 2018-07-09 23:10
Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
The Silent Companions: A Novel - Laura Purcell

Its hard to get the right vibe for gothic fiction in our modern times. Purcell wisely decides to set her story in the Victorian period and adds a healthy dose of 'Yellow Wall-Paper' paranoia.

Soon after her marriage Elsie Banbridge is made a widow and sent to wait out her pregnancy at her husband's remote family estate, The Bridge. Her only companion is a cousin, her deceased husband's only living family, and a few servants. The estate has something of a dark reputation in the village and Elsie feels isolated. The discovery of a 'silent companion', a trompe l'oeil figure painted on a board, in a locked attic room awakens old rumors and fears. The figure, painted in the late 17th century, looks like Elsie, and soon she discovers it is not alone.

A quick read, and quite chilling. The use of the Companions, or dummy boards, was genius. Good period detail and flawless setting.

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text 2018-03-01 15:55
March TBR Of Exciting New Releases
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi
The Silent Companions - Laura Purcell
Sugar Money: A Novel - Jane Harris
The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian
The Parking Lot Attendant: A Novel - Nafkote Tamirat
The Room on Rue Amélie - Kristin Harmel
Divas Don't Cry - Ni-Ni Simone
The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton

I can't tell you how excited I am for these 8 reads. The reviews that are being posted all over the Internet have been great. Some of these books I have been anticipating for over a year. I hope they live up to all the hype and excitement. I have to give a shout out to the books with most beautiful cover designs; The Children of Blood and Bone, The Silent Companions and Sugar Money. Aren't they wonderful?


I had a really good reading month last month. I read eleven books. They were all short quick reads. There were no literary works in that stack so, I got through them pretty quickly. I know some of these books are pretty lofty in size and in content, but if I stay on task and read daily, I should be fine.



March 6


The Silent Companion


The Children of Blood and Bone


The Dragon Queen by William Andrews


The Heart's Appeal


Sugar Money



March 13


The Flight Attendant


The Parking Lot Attendant



March 27


One House Over by Mary Monroe


Divas Don't Cry


The Room on Rue Amèlie

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review 2017-12-31 12:36
Wooden Cut Outs with an Agenda.
The Silent Companions - Laura Purcell

 Now and again I like a good bit of creep but it is so hard to find, the more books you read, the less creepy they are but his story had atmosphere. This is your typical gothic horror novel that has been done to death over the years - it has supernatural elements, a grieving widow, a crumbling mansion, hereditary insanity, villagers that won't go near the big house and a mysterious 200 year old diary written by a witch in the mid 17th century. What puts it above the others for me are the 'Silent Companions' themselves. They remind me strongly of the weeping angels in Doctor Who - take your eyes off them for a minute and you're a gonner.

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review 2017-11-27 10:55
Spooky historical novel – Good but nothing special
The Silent Companions: A Novel - Laura Purcell



Taking place in 1865 (with flashbacks to1635), this novel centres around Elsie Bainbridge, pregnant and recently widowed, moving into her husband's country estate with Sarah, her companion and sister-in-law. Here she encounters mysterious goings-on which date back to an ancestor of her husband's family. A series of horrifying events (with a hefty body count) ensue leading to a climactic end.


Not my type of book really but I saw it through to see how the plot develops – some of it was predictable. The characters are reasonably well-defined and developed. Recommended to lovers of “spooky” stories. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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review 2017-11-26 00:00
The Silent Companions
The Silent Companions - Laura Purcell 4.5 Stars

What an intriguing, atmospheric and scarily good story which had the hairs standing on the back of my neck.

A chilling period piece set in two time frames 1860s and 1630s which I loved from page one. I was lucky enough to purchase a hard copy of this novel and cover is beautifully illustrated and unique. This is certainly a book I will be recommending to friends but I am not loaning this one out as its a bookshelf keeper.
image: imageThis is why for me kindle and audible just don't compare to holding an actual printed copy.
A genuinely suspenseful and really quite chilling tale set in an old crumbling Country estate, newly married and newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge.

With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. For inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure - a Silent Companion - that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself...,

I loved the eerie atmosphere created by the author and every time I picked this book up off my bedside locker I was so looking forward to getting back to the characters and the story. A book of intrigue and secrets and just a good old fashioned ghost story that chills as well as entertains.

Loved every moment spent with this novel as this is the book I needed to pull me out of my recent reading slump.
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