A compulsive, creepy, incredibly realistic ghost story, spinetinglingly good - a book we all loved and had to have on the list.
Purcell has thrown explicit Gothic elements at this by the coachload; the woman in distress and danger, the isolated location, a creepy, decaying house, swirling mists and damp, unexplained deaths, noises in the night, hauntings, curses, revenge, witchcraft, magic, religion, superstition, possession, madness, rumour, supernatural entities, forced actions, transitional time periods and a burning mansion. Whew. With the supernatural figuring so strongly, you may feel this book is not for you if you’re a crime fiction lover and like your explanations to be of the physical world.
A perfect read for a winter night, The Silent Companions is a supernatural thriller from historical novelist Laura Purcell.... Occasional anachronisms don’t spoil this intriguing, nuanced and genuinely eerie slice of Victorian gothic.