The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

#blurb: Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge.
With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. But inside her new home lies a locked room and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself…

Author: Laura Purcell

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 384

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

After the death of her husband, Elsie Bainbridge moves into his family house, The Bridge, in a village far away from London with his cousin Sarah. Everything seems strange about that house starting from the awkward servants, mysterious noises and villagers’ ignorance towards the Bridge. As days pass by Elsie and Sarah discovers forbidden secrets which disrupts their lives. The spooky companions starts appearing and it seems that the life of every member of that household is at stake.

The book is beautifully eerie and keeps you awake at night thinking about the companions knocking at your door. The starting may seem to be slow but within few pages the book picks up its pace and keeps you hooked. The author has amazingly weaved such a tale of horror mixed with elements of psychology which makes chills run down your spine. The characters are mysterious and well casted. The backdrop of the story gives you the perfect spooky vibes thus doing justice to the theme. The most horrifying part was the diary entries by Anne Bainbridge from 17th century which explains almost all the supernatural activities. This is one of the best horror stories I have read in a long time and I highly recommend it. Also the cover of the book is lovely.

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