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The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

The Silent Companions

Laura Purcell

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2 reviews

Imprint: Raven Books
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 5 Apr 2018
ISBN: 9781408888032

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.

2 Prizes for The Silent Companions

Zoe Ball Book Club

A compulsive, creepy, incredibly realistic ghost story, spinetinglingly good - a book we all loved and had to have on the list.

Radio 2
Selection: Radio 2 Book Club


3 stars out of 5
14 Oct 2018

"Purcell has thrown explicit Gothic elements at this by the coachload"

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.

4 stars out of 5
24 Nov 2017

"A perfect read for a winter night"

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.