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
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreHorror, Historical, Historical Fiction, Gothic, Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal

Reviews The Silent Companions

  • Paromjit
    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...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    4.5 starsThis is a Gothic suspense book set in a haunted mansion in England. Elsie Bainbridge is the main character. She is only married for a few weeks, then her husband dies. The story goes back and forth, to the past and present from 1635 and 1865. The present discusses her imprisoned in an asylum and the events that got her there. In the past she travels to her late husbands estate, an old crumbling mansion called, The Bridge. Elsie only has ...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    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 - Traveling Sister
    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...
  • Dem
    4.5 Stars What an intriguing, atmospheric and scarily good story which had the hairs standing on the back of my neck. A chilling period piece set in two time frames 1860s and 1630s which I loved from page one. I was lucky enough to purchase a hard copy of this novel and cover is beautifully illustrated and unique. This is certainly a book I will be recommending to friends but I am not loaning this one out as its a bookshelf keeper. image: This is...
  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    A completely creeptastic tale that had me jumping at the slightest sounds - warning: read with all the lights on!This a dual timeline tale, alternating between the 1800’s and 1600’s, all based around a gothic castle in England with a long, tragic history. As the story unfolds, you learn more about what has occurred to put the haunted in the house. This is a great, spooky tale, one you’ll absolutely have to suspend disbelief, but oh how grea...
  • Diane S ☔
    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...
  • Debra
    "You could not explain fear; you could only feel it, roaring through the silence and striking your heart still."Fans of Gothic, atmospheric Victorian books should look no further - The Silent Companions should be right up your alley! This is Gothic done right! Have you ever read a book where the Author is going for Gothic and just fails to hit the mark? The Author not only hits the mark -she nails it. The crumbling estate is creepy and dreary. Th...
  • Holly B
    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...
  • Tammy
    This novel presents the disturbing occurrences that happen to Anne Bainbridge in 1635 and Elsie Bainbridge two hundred years later. Interspersed between the two time periods are scenes from an asylum. There is a back story here with hints cleverly scattered throughout that may indicate Elsie’s state of mind.If you like well written, atmospheric gothic novels (and I do) you may rest assured that there are gothic tropes galore. Isolation in a cru...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    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...
  • Emma
    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...
  • Juli
    This book is an incredible, creepy-cool story! Two women living 200 years apart experience evil in the Bainbridge ancestral home. In the 1860's, Elsie comes to the house. She is a widow. Her husband recently died, and she feels lost. In the 1660's, Anne Bainbridge lives in the house. Her daughter Hetta is unable to speak and Anne feels incredibly guilty for using her herbal knowledge to bring about the girl's birth. She firmly believes her action...
  • Carolyn
    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...
  • Susan
    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,...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    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...
  • PorshaJo
    Review to come.
  • Dana
    4.5 starsThe Silent Companions is a disturbing, atmospheric gothic story. *I kept picturing this image I had seen in Vogue a while back*The story alternates between 1635 and 1865, with an underlying sense of portentous, evil foreboding throughout as each narrative unfolds. Toss together plants and herbs, witchcraft, moving wooden figures (Silent Companions), disappearing structures, and an insane asylum, and you have the perfect mix for a bewitch...
    This book begins with a message from the publisher, Penguin Books: "A word of caution: don't read this book at night."I can vouch that this is very sound advice... for I got the willies whilst reading this during bedtime!The main character in this book is Elsie Bainbridge. She is newly pregnant, newly married, and newly widowed. It's 1800s England, and Elsie's travelling in a horse and carriage along with her late husband Rupert's cousin Sarah. T...
  • Michelle
    Recently widowed & pregnant, Elsie, is brought to The Bridge which is a country estate owned by her late husband. She is also caring for his strange niece Sarah under her late husbands wishes. When they arrive at The Bridge she can't believe her eyes. This was not the lap of luxury she thought she'd be residing it. It's crumbling facade leaves a lot to be desired. Not to mention that the locals and the hired help all seem to resent her. After arr...
  • Lotte
    4.5/5. A ghost story in the vein of the classics of gothic fiction, thoroughly creepy and very well written. I especially loved the way the different timelines were interwoven to create one immersive narrative that kept me on edge the entire time I was reading it. Highly recommended, especially to fans of books such as The Thirteenth Tale, Rebecca and The Haunting of Hill House.
  • Blair
    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...
  • Netta
    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...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum fans of atmospheric Gothic horror, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell is the kind of book that sneaks up on you like a cold draft. Soon after snaking its chilly tendrils down your collar and sending shivers down your spine, it’ll send you scurrying under the covers and make you want to stay there until the sun is up and th...
  • Michael
    If there is one thing I have learned in my years of reading fiction is that the best material does not need any influence or inspiration. While it seems these days we are seeing less and less originality with everyone wanting to emulate the big hitter titles it is refreshing when stories come along that don't fit a preexisting one size fits all. The Silent Companions is one of the most unnerving narratives I have read in a long time. Combining ps...
  • Jennifer
    I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review3.5 teetering on 4 starsThe reason I am not giving this book the full 4 stars is because the first 20-25% of the book really dragged. I was a little bit bored and wasn’t really sure where things were going. I often thought about abandoning the book altogether. However, I went back and read through all of the great reviews and decided to push on.I am glad I did. Once the diary o...
  • Sara
    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...
  • Jaanaki
    I will admit I was waiting to read this book and I was not disappointed . It is a gothic horror set in an isolated , haunted house in medieval England.Elsie Bainbridge finds herself in an asylum and recollects the events that have led to her current confinement . We learn that just a year back , the newly widowed and pregnant Elsie retires with her husband Rupert's cousin Sarah Bainbridge to their family house in rural England . The other occupan...
  • Jo(An Unexpected Bookish Geek )
    I know it's only April, but is it too early to say that this could be my favourite fiction book of the year so far? Laura Purcell has served up a delicious treat here, consisting of Victorian gothic fiction, which is deeply unsettling, to say the least, but is richly written, and I must say, I enjoyed every minute of it.I spotted this book, casually leaving Waterstones on one of my book hauls, and the front cover immediately got my attention. It'...
  • Konstantin
    3.5 A deliciously creepy and atmospheric page-turner in the style of best supernatural gothic stories out there, but the flat characters and too often repeated horror sequences started to have somewhat of a contra-effect. There were a couple of plot holes, a few larger and a few smaller anachronisms, the story from the past didn't really ring true, although I was too swept by the story to slow down and pay attention to historical details of this ...