Book Review Of “The Silent Companions” By Laura Purcell @Penguinrandom
When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge, 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 Bridge 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, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect–much like the silent companions themselves. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Penguin Random House #partner for the free book, in exchange of this honest review. All opinions are my own.
I give this book, 3 out of 5 stars.
I was not sure what to expect going in to this book, it sounded creepy. I mean the cover is plastered with creepy looking dolls, so I could only imagine what was on the inside. This was a very eerie read, I had some pretty weird dreams when I read this book before bedtime.
I did love the dual timeline of the 1600’s and the 1800’s, the writing was incredibly detailed, so it wasn’t too hard to visualize the people, The Bridge, and the strange dolls.
This is a relatively small book, but it’s crammed full. There is a lot that occurs in this book, within the walls of The Bridge, and outside. I will admit, with the alternating time periods, and the alternating chapters it took me a few to catch on, and there are random flash backs in the middles of chapters, so my tip is, when you’re reading this one, make sure you can devout a lot of attention to it.
The only bad I can think of is that I could not really relate to the characters, they didn’t really grab me. And I’m still not sure 100% what the dolls are. But a big plus is, I loved the last line of the book! I did I appreciate how it turned out, I do wonder if it was left open for a second book.
All in all, this was a good read. Not terrible and not mind-blowing, but good, and I do think many readers will enjoy it.