The Silent Companions

The Silent Companions

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION PUR PBK
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780143131632
014313163X

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The genre of Gothic horror is in very good hands as Purcell relates the unpleasant surprises that await a Victorian widow when she takes up residence in her husband’s forbidding ancestral mansion. Purcell understands what makes traditional Gothic fiction so effective and adds just the right amoun... Read More »

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SkokieStaff_Steven Sep 19, 2018

Laura Purcell proves that a good writer can indeed pour new wine into old wineskins in her chilling debut novel “The Silent Companions.” The frame of her story is pure Gothic: a young Victorian widow must move into her husband’s ancestral country mansion after his sudden death. What she finds the... Read More »


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SkokieStaff_Steven Sep 19, 2018

Laura Purcell proves that a good writer can indeed pour new wine into old wineskins in her chilling debut novel “The Silent Companions.” The frame of her story is pure Gothic: a young Victorian widow must move into her husband’s ancestral country mansion after his sudden death. What she finds there are variations on two of the hoariest of horror clichés: the evil child and the spooky doll. The creepy (and creeping) doll-like objects in this story are not, in fact, actual dolls but rather free-standing, painted wooden human figures, the “silent companions” of the book’s title. They have an unnerving way of popping up in unexpected places and scaring the bejeebers of anyone unfortunate enough to encounter them. Purcell takes no chances by loading her short novel with enough secrets and shocks for two books. She need not try so hard. Readers can be assured that the great genre of Gothic fiction is in very capable hands.

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