2019 | Adult Fiction | Fantasy (adult) | Historical Fiction (adult) | Horror (adult) | Mystery (adult) | Paranormal (adult)

Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

25. February 2019


Horror / Historical Fiction / Mystery / Fantasy / Paranormal

Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling gothic ghost story to send a shiver down the spine…

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..



I bought this book in hopes for a really scary story, and since I love gothic elements I was really looking forward to this. The book has three different storylines you have to follow; St. Joseph’s Hospital (“now”), The Bridge in 1865, and The Bridge in 1635. Both the storyline of St. Joseph’s Hospital and 1865 Bridge follows Elsie, our main character. While 1635 Bridge follows Anne, a woman who lived in the mansion back in the days.

What I liked about the story was actually the 1635 narration from Anne’s diaries about what happened back then. It was more interesting to read about Anne and her daughter Hetta and the husband Josiah. Probably because that narration was scarier and more mysterious than the one of Elsie.

It was scary at times, especially when they finally found the companions, because they changed. But I have to say that when it finally started to pick up, it ended with this very obvious ending, and I was like, hmm, was that all?

I liked the characters of the book, but it was confusing with the different servants and maids. None of them really stood out to me, so it was hard to remember them.

Soo, this book was a bit of a disappointment in the end. I do however, think that it’s a very interesting book and I’m happy that I’ve read it. The Silent Companions is a very good book.

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