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Book review of the day: The Silent Companions

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Todays review came from Plantagenet

The Silent Companions

By Laura Purcell

Plantagenet said: “Truly atmospheric and brooding, with moments of genuine, flesh creeping horror, ‘The Silent Companions’ is one of the best ghost stories I have read in a long time. The story centers around two women: Elsie Bainbridge, newly widowed and pregnant, who is forced to live at her late husband’s crumbling estate, The Bridge, and Anne Bainbridge, Elsie’s 17th century predecessor, whose diaries Elsie discovers in the attic. In those pages, all of the disturbing secrets of the house begin to be unravelled, especially the background of the ‘silent companions’, painted, lifelike, wooden mannequins that  Elsie at first finds charming and then finds she cannot get rid of them.

All of the characters are compelling and have their own, particular role to play in the story, from the housekeeper to the cat, with the overarching presence of the house always looming over them all. There is even a satisfying twist in the tale which observant readers will suspect from the outset. Overall, a fantastically spooky read.”


Amazon said: “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 estate 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.”


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