The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

The Silent Companions

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 h...


Details The Silent Companions

TitleThe Silent Companions
ISBN9780143131632
Author
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Gothic, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal
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Reviews The Silent Companions

  • Paromjit
    1970-01-01
    This is a tantalisingly creepy and menacing gothic horror novel, populated by ghosts, and set in 1866. It begins with a patient, Mrs Elsie Bainbridge, a woman badly burnt in a fire, being questioned by Dr Shepherd, a progressive psychologist at St Joseph's, after a year in which she has been recovering from her injuries. She is mute and cannot remember what happened. It becomes apparent there have been several deaths and she is suspected of murde...
  • Norma
    1970-01-01
    5 Spooky Spectacular Stars!  This was my kind of book and the perfect Halloween read that I read along with six of my Traveling Sisters!  Traveling Sisters Read with Brenda, Lindsay, Holly, Diane, Dana and PorshaJoTHE SILENT COMPANIONS by LAURA PURCELL is a spooky, eerie, haunting, creepy, and absolutely fantastic gothic ghost story.  I absolutely loved the creepy feel to it and I was immediately drawn into this story right from the very start...
  • Brenda
    1970-01-01
    Traveling Sisters Review with Norma, Lindsay, Holly, Diane, Dana and PorshaJoI read The Silent Companions as a spooky Halloween read with six of my Traveling Sisters and this was the perfect read that brought out an extra creepiness to our Halloween.The Silent Companion is creepy good, deliciously creepy and intriguingly creepy that grabbed our attention right from the very beginning and held it right to the end. Laura Purcell does a good job set...
  • Holly B
    1970-01-01
    The Silent Companions is a gothic, foreboding, spooky ghost story. It is very well written and I especially enjoyed the setting of the crumbling mansion (named The Bridge) in England. The story alternates between events of 1635 to the present day of 1865.It begins with Elsie in an asylum, with a creepy attendant and a young doctor who exclaims, “I am here to decide your fate.” He wasn’t joking.The history of the house is told and it is a st...
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    This is a very creepy, gothic tale. Set in Victorian England, the book opens with Elsie Bainbridge, mute and medicated in a hospital recovering from some unspeakable murders of which she is accused. Unable to speak after all that has happened to her she is encouraged by one of the doctors to write down her story. The scene is set when Elsie, recently married and soon after widowed, is sent to her husband's crumbling estate to bury him and then wa...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    A genuinely unsettling gothic story set in a ramshackle country house, this book kept me up late reading, then the rest of the night listening for strange noises. I knew it had its claws into me when I returned to my room and freaked out about an inexplicably open cupboard door: who did it? I was the only one in the house... Spoiler: I got a towel out, had forgotten, and accidentally left it like that. Phew. But that's precisely the kind of split...
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars! This was a gripping, atmospheric and creepy tale!This story involves an old haunted mansion, a woman living in an insane asylum, ghosts, an old hidden diary and three intertwining timelines. Add all of these up and you get one spooky, edge-of-your-seat horror story. The author, Laura Purcell, did a fantastic job creating a vivid and creepy atmosphere pulling the reader right into the frightening setting. I felt shivers creeping up my b...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    This is a deeply unsettling, wonderfully atmospheric and truly creepy novel. We first meet Elsie Bainbridge as a patient in an asylum, where she is suspected of murder. The progressive Dr Shepherd encourages her to write down her story, as she is refusing, or unable, to speak. What emerges is her recounting how she married Rupert Bainbridge, largely to help save her brother’s match factory. However, although the marriage was one of convenience,...
  • PorshaJo
    1970-01-01
    Review to come.
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    1970-01-01
    The Silent Companions is a book that quite honestly pulled the rug out from under my feet. How come? Well, it's a book that was alright, but honestly, I didn't think I would be so engrossed in the book that I had to finished reading it before I slept. So, I read until almost midnight because somewhere along the way came a moment when I just couldn't stop reading the book.Now, it takes a lot to scare or even creep me out and honestly, this book di...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The perfect book for a cold Autumn night, The Silent Companions kept me up half the night with fright for all the right reasons.We start by meeting psychiatric patient Elsie Bainbridge, hiding from a traumatic past with the threat of the hangman looming above her. She seems to harbour an irrational fear of wood, and has lost the ability to speak. With the help of a newly enthusiastic...
  • Blair
    1970-01-01
    I started reading The Silent Companions and fell headfirst into it. This is the kind of book you make time to read, the kind you tuck yourself away with to finish.In 1865, Elsie finds herself widowed shortly after her marriage to Rupert Bainbridge. Accompanied by Rupert's spinster cousin Sarah, she journeys to the Bainbridges' country seat and finds it in a state of disrepair. The few staff are inexperienced, as the people of Fayford refuse to wo...
  • Lucy Banks
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Fabulously slow-building, eerie gothic horror.A woman, recently bereaved, arrives at a crumbling old mansion, where her husband's body is awaiting burial. So far, so deliciously Susan Hill. However, thanks to the author's highly unusual, spectacularly eerie creation - the silent companions - this book avoids being just another Victorian horror. It's a slow, creeping t...
  • Melanie
    1970-01-01
    This was WAY out of my comfort zone, I don't normally read creepy/horror-type books, but this scared me so much. I started out reading it mostly in the daytime (bright sunshine preferred) but then last night I could not sleep so I finished it. Not a good idea. I did not want to get up to go to the bathroom and I had to switch on ALL the lights and then the cat scared the beejeezus out of me. I thought it was really well written, really spooky and...
  • Kirsty
    1970-01-01
    Creepy. As. Hell.
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    An asylum, a menacing house, journals found from the past, throw in Gothic and Victorian and I am all over it. Elsie, pregnant with her first child, travels to her husband's estate, called the Bridge. It is the middle of the 1800s and her husband has just died from unknown causes. Her story is a rags to riches one, daughter of a man who owned a match factory, she met and married her wealthy husband when he came to invest in the factory. Elsie her...
  • Netta
    1970-01-01
    The Silent Companions might have been a very decent creepy story. The setting – a newly widowed woman, her husband’s haunted country estate - is very promising. The writing is rather good and full of little meaningful details which in the end, like jigsaw puzzles, form a picture of wood constantly meeting fire. The characters are classic. However, this book lacks magic to me, and magic is a vital component for a creepy story. I don’t mean g...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    1970-01-01
    A perfect, creepy Gothic horror story with a nightmarish ending.
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    Deliciously creepy and Gothic! This definitely deserves to be read late at night by lamplight.A review: https://forwinternights.wordpress.com...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    1970-01-01
    Ohh!! Perfect spooky read for this year. Let's go through the buzzwords:Country estate- pregnant widow- hostile servants- locked room- wooden figures - a wooden figure that looks like our heroine - 200 year old diaryAh! What is there not to love? It has all the best ingredients and writing that keeps you hooked. If you like the Victorian kind of horror, then the atmosphere of Silent companions is right up your alley. I enjoyed how the suspense bu...
  • Roman Clodia
    1970-01-01
    'Perhaps that is why you do not like wood. Because it reminds you of the fire.'This is a deliciously Gothic story which weaves together those perennial tropes of a decayed old mansion, a pregnant woman, sinister children and the 'is she mad or is there something evil here' trope. It reminds me, in places, of James' The Turn of the Screw with touches also of Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger. And thinking of it in comparison with those books highl...
  • Aoife
    1970-01-01
    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Elsie Bainbridge is newly widowed and in the early stages of pregnancy when she moves to her late husband’s crumbling country estate to grieve, and convalesce. But before long, Elsie begins to wonder about the history of the house, and its connections to the ‘companions’ - strange wooden figures that keep showing up in diffe...
  • Imi
    1970-01-01
    The reasons for comparing this gothic ghost story to the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill are obvious, but I can't help thinking these comparisons do it no favours. Hasn't this all been done before? Hasn't it been done better? There are several strands to this novel, some which I felt were strong and reached satisfying conclusions, others which felt incomplete and left hanging. The storyline set in the 19th century and involving the protago...
  • Thebooktrail
    1970-01-01
    Oh my dear goodness. Do not read this at night. Be sure there are no dolls and no paintings in the room where you read it - or at least portraits. There are no locations as such in the novel - its all set in a gothic and creepy country house - but the vagueness simply adds to the old creaky house where things move and go missing.This is gothic creepy and very real. What a ride and what a reading experience. Review to come but jeepers this is cree...
  • Kirsty
    1970-01-01
    Marvellously built, rather creepy, and so very atmospheric. An accomplished debut.
  • Andy Weston
    1970-01-01
    The Silent Companions begins as so many ghost stories do, with a lone female headed for a gothic country mansion. Indeed, in the first quarter of the book that is little original, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, after all, this is a gothic ghost story, and to fans of the genre, of which I count myself one, this is what we want to read. Elsie has been recently widowed and part of the estate she has been left is The Bridge and the househol...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    1970-01-01
    This review is also posted on my blog.I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5 ☆To be perfectly candid, I was first intrigued by The Silent Companions because of its beautiful cover that made me think of Natasha Pulley's novels. (And I was right about that, actually, they are all made by the same amazing artist - David Mann!) Then I read an interview with Natasha where she recommended this title s...
  • Callum McLaughlin
    1970-01-01
    I should probably preface this by saying that I had very high expectations going into this book, and any shortfall between expectation and reality can sometimes make a review feel more negative than it should, because the truth is I really, really liked this book – but I wanted to absolutely love it. That’s because on paper, this could have been my perfect read, as the words used to describe it in blurbs are all major buzzwords for me; atmosp...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    **FOUR AND A HALF STARS** I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I started to read The Silent Companions.  I had put a couple of requests out on Twitter for some scary book recommendations and this book was mentioned.  More than once in fact; more than any other book which is something quite amazing when it hadn't even been published at that point!  There is obviously a lot of love out there for The Silent Companions and, because of t...
  • Dana
    1970-01-01
    An atmospheric, creepy Gothic story. A Traveling Sisters read. Review to follow.