Book Review, Horror

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (Review)

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Summary:

From GoodReads.com:

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.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect–much like the silent companions themselves.”

Review:

The Silent Companions is a Gothic horror novel that ticks all of the Gothic literature boxes, but I am not entirely sure if that is a good thing or not.

The premise itself was interesting. I really felt the main character’s awkwardness and isolation with the situation she found herself in. The idea of cursed wooden cutouts was pretty cool. I actually found them very creepy. Imagine one of those large cardboard stands of actors moving around your house. Scary right? Very weeping angel. I even enjoyed the changes in perspective and time. This book rotates between a few months later, the events at the house and journal entries set in the 17th century. It does a brilliant job at telling the story and you get two horror stories for the price of one. All of that stuff is amazing.

I think my only issue with this book is that it is the exact same as most books in its genre. The characters and premise are just changed. I know similarities are why book genres exist but this doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It is basically Haunting of Hill House with wooden dolls. It is enjoyable and a lot of fun, but it lacks uniqueness in a lot of ways. If you are a fan of the genre and just wanted a simple haunted house story to read I would give this one a go, especially if you are a fan of films like Crimson Peak, then this is one for you.

TLDR:

  • A very basic Gothic story.
  • Creepy and creative horror factor to the book.
  • Doesn’t bring anything new or exciting but still a fun read.
  • Recommended for fans of Gothic literature.

Rating:

3 star copy

3 out of 5 Skulls

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5 thoughts on “The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (Review)”

  1. I actually just ordered this last night, and I’m hoping to read it next month. I’m curious to see if I feel the same way about it being a standard Gothic story😀

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