Happy 2018 all!
So my first blog post of the year is a review, who’d have thunk?
The Silent Companions was probably one of my favourite books I read this year (2017), and I have my work colleague to thank!
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.
So first off, the cover is pretty amazing and creepy at the same time. It’s a wonderfully designed cover with gold ‘swirls’ and then you have a peep-hole, in which you see an eye – how creepy! It works so well and after reading the book you will totally see why!
I read this book in pretty much one sitting, except when I had to go do boring adult stuff – it happens! I could not put the book down! It was scary and always had me on the edge of my seat, especially when the darkness came and noises were heard throughout the big house. It’s one of those books that you don’t really want to read before bed.
I loved the way the story interacted with the past and jumped from one time to another, forever looping within three times. The distant past, the main characters past events and the current time. All interlinks and I found it was easy to follow and flowed seamlessly throughout the book.
It’s one of those books that you gush about to your work colleagues, friends, family, twitter people and I can’t wait to see what Laura does next!
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and if you haven’t, I seriously think you should! Add it to your TBR and enjoy the spooks!