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Laura Purcell

Autor(a) de The Silent Companions

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About the Author

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Obras de Laura Purcell

The Silent Companions (2017) 1,054 cópias
The Corset (2018) 426 cópias
Bone China (2019) 245 cópias
The Shape of Darkness (2021) 163 cópias
Queen of Bedlam (2012) 93 cópias
The Whispering Muse (2023) 86 cópias
Mistress of the Court (2015) 12 cópias
Moonstone (2024) 10 cópias
Vanitas - short story 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights (2021) — Contribuinte — 200 cópias
The Winter Spirits: Ghostly Tales for Festive Nights (2023) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
Twice Cursed: An Anthology (2023) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
After Sundown (Fiction Without Frontiers) (2020) — Contribuinte — 43 cópias
Phantoms: Haunting Tales from Masters of the Genre (2018) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



I found this utterly frustrating
spiritedstardust | outras 56 resenhas | Jun 1, 2024 |
This book was WILD! i did not see any of that coming. it was the perfect spooky read, and i loved that it was somewhat believable and she pulled a twist off that i just did not see coming. this book has so much to offer, and i really encourage people to read it, especially in the halloween season!!
haleychannell | outras 56 resenhas | May 20, 2024 |
Hmm. Like The Silent Companions by the same author, this gothic potboiler is all style and no substance. The intriguing plot - an actress sells her soul for her art by taking on the cursed pocket watch of her mentor - is let down by weak characters and a preachy, two-faced narrator.

I initially likened whiny Jenny to Kitty Peck, the eponymous heroine of the Victorian music hall series by Kate Griffin - and Jenny is even misnamed Kitty at one point - but the theatre setting is where the similarities end, unfortunately. By the final chapters - and this is a relatively short book - I was praying that Melpomene/Mephistopheles would take out the snotty little dresser too. She is mortally offended by everybody's behaviour while simultaneously profiting from the failings of others, often pitting the bitter wife against the mistress or the cheating husband against his wife. And all for the sake of her family - the brothers and sisters left in her care when both her father and eldest brother abandoned her and her mother died in childbirth - yet she climbs onto her high horse when abortion is mentioned. Methinks somebody's parents could have done with curtailing their offspring, Jenny dear. Of course, she gets a happy (and thoroughly respectable) ending, saving an illegitimate child into the bargain. Honestly, the only characters I liked were doomed Lillith and her dog Eurydice (who thankfully escaped without harm, along with the theatre cats).

The deaths were suitably gothic and gruesome and I did like the murky, smutty atmosphere of the theatre, but I'm still not sure when the action is supposed to take place. Somewhere between 1882 and 1901, yet one character is described as wearing a Dolly Varden dress, popular ten to twenty years earlier. The era doesn't really matter but I was thrown off by the vague 'Victorian' quality of the story and the anachronistic dialogue of the characters.

A solid three star penny dreadful lacking a likeable leading lady and a solid supporting cast.
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AdonisGuilfoyle | outras 4 resenhas | Apr 21, 2024 |
I enjoyed it. Author is great at creating a gothic atmosphere. The elements of Victorian interest, seances, albinism, phossy jaw, silhouettes are all well done and integrated into the story. I saw the ending coming, but only because the author played fair, still a fun read
cspiwak | outras 11 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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