The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

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Read The Silent Companions 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


Reviews


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Carolyn rated it ★★★★☆

October 04, 2017

This is a very creepy, gothic tale. Set in Victorian England, the book opens with Elsie Bainbridge, mute and medicated in a hospital recovering from some unspeakable murders of which she is accused. Unable to speak after all that has happened to her she is encouraged by one of the doctors to writ...


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...


Susan rated it ★★★★★

October 03, 2017

This is a deeply unsettling, wonderfully atmospheric and truly creepy novel. We first meet Elsie Bainbridge as a patient in an asylum, where she is suspected of murder. The progressive Dr Shepherd encourages her to write down her story, as she is refusing, or unable, to speak. What emerges is her...





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