The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

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The Silent Companions Read Online Free - 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.

Title : The Silent Companions
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ISBN : 014313163X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

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 reco...

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

January 22, 2018

4.5 stars This 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 as...

Norma rated it ★★★★★

November 07, 2017

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 PorshaJo THE SILENT COMPANIONS by LAURA PURCELL is a spooky, eerie, haunting, creepy, and ab...

Brenda rated it ★★★★☆

November 08, 2017

Traveling Sisters Review with Norma, Lindsay, Holly, Diane, Dana and PorshaJo I 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, deliciousl...

Dem rated it ★★★★☆

November 27, 2017

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 illu...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

November 10, 2017

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...

Holly rated it ★★★★☆

November 08, 2017

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...

Lindsay rated it ★★★★☆

November 09, 2017

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 P...

Debra rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2018

"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...

Emma rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2017

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...

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