Book Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

What’s it about?

Some doors are locked for a reason…

Newly married, 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…



My thoughts

After a disappointing read of The Little Stranger for our book club read in November, I was looking for a book that would maybe go a little further up the scare-ometer and give us the chills.  I’d bought this back in the summer after seeing it featured on the Zoe Ball book club TV show so picked it as our book club choice for December.

I really enjoyed having the story told in the 3 parts over the 3 time periods, with the revelations being drip fed bit by bit.  The setting is perfect in an isolated large country manor house with a small staff, foggy and eerie weather – really setting the scene and atmosphere.  However, it felt to me as if there was too much content thrown at the story.  Almost as if the author was told this is how you write a gothic ghost thriller story, you must have X, Y and Z and so I’m going to include as many of those elements in my book…a little overkill.

I don’t generally go looking for books that will give me the creeps, or that will play on my mind after dark, which was good as this didn’t affect me in this way at all.  I could easily visualise the companions and how unnerving their faces at the windows and in the doorways would be – all the right elements were there but it didn’t give me the edge of the seat read I thought it might be.

I thought the ending was very good.  It surprised me as I just didn’t see it coming.  So, overall some good points and not so good points but if gothic thrillers are your thing, you might want to give it a whirl!

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

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Small print for info
Source: Purchased
No of pages: 384
Publisher: Raven Books

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