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The Silent Companions de Laura Purcell
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The Silent Companions (original: 2018; edição: 2018)

de Laura Purcell (Autor)

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"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"--… (mais)
Membro:hbertinelli
Título:The Silent Companions
Autores:Laura Purcell (Autor)
Informação:New York : Penguin Books, 2018.
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Etiquetas:Fiction, Horror

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The Silent Companions de Laura Purcell (2018)

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This gothic chiller takes off slowly but picks up once the ‘companions’ make an appearance. I love the idea of them in this well-plotted gothic mystery. Alas, it’s impossible to tell why without giving away the creepiest part of the book. I’m pleased to have stumbled across this book. The only (small) negative is the sound the author describes as a ‘hiss’ does not appear to relate to the cause of the noise. I would liken it more to a rasp, and the narrative does indeed call it a rasping hiss at one point, which made no sense to me, and didn’t seem to relate to what the protagonist experiences. That slight discrepancy aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | Jul 15, 2021 |
This book is an incredible, creepy-cool story! Two women living 200 years apart experience evil in the Bainbridge ancestral home. In the 1860's, Elsie comes to the house. She is a widow. Her husband recently died, and she feels lost. In the 1660's, Anne Bainbridge lives in the house. Her daughter Hetta is unable to speak and Anne feels incredibly guilty for using her herbal knowledge to bring about the girl's birth. She firmly believes her actions caused the girl to be born with a malformed tongue. Both women come under the spell of the Silent Companions.....wooden effigies painted like people. At first they seem beautiful, more lifelike than mere paintings....but then, they move. The horror of what lurks in the Bainbridge home is truly chilling.

What an awesomely dark Victorian horror novel! The suspense and horror build steadily until the very end. Descriptions of the Silent Companions are detailed and unnerving. Just the idea of fumbling around in an attic by candlelight with those things in the house.....supremely scary! The ending smacked me right in the face....I didn't see it coming. Twisted, demented, and frightening. The intro to the book tells readers not to read this story at night....I should have listened. There were a couple times it really creeped me out. I loved it!

This book would make an awesome horror movie!

I definitely recommend this book to any reader who likes gothic horror, ghost stories or darkly creepy tales.

**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Penguin Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
An enjoyable haunted house novel in the Gothic tradition, this novel is also a commentary on the challenging nature of relationships between women in a patriarchal society. Purcell does an excellent job of portraying a feeling of being trapped. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Oct 31, 2020 |
I read this for a book club - I am not much of a horror person, and not a gothic novel person, so I am not the intended audience of this one. It was very effectively creepy, but the story also gave me the creeps in a bad way. There were lots of problems with the treatment of Romani characters, and beyond that with the overall plot. It seemed like the author was aiming for a feminist slant, but it didn’t feel feminist to me.

I don’t like stories about evil children, and I especially didn’t like the implication that disability is connected with evilness, or disability and/or evilness come from trying to go against God (or nature).

The second half of the book was pretty compelling and readable, so at least it had that going for it, even if I didn’t like the answer to where the evil was coming from, or how everything turned out. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
After the untimely (and mysterious )death of her husband,Elsie is sent to her husband's ramshackle country manor.The manor is surrounded by a bleak scenery,an hostile village and a decrepit church. That should be enough to make one feel a bit tense but as this is a ghost story, of course,there is more:a 17th century diary,strange wooden figures and many,many secrets. This is in every sense a classic ghost story(haunted house,forbidden rooms,noises in the night...)but what makes this special is the fact that the ghostly part is very good,but there is an excellent mystery story underneath. After the untimely (and mysterious )death of her husband,Elsie is sent to her husband's ramshackle country manor.The manor is surrounded by a bleak scenery,an hostile village and a decrepit church. That should be enough to make one feel a bit tense but as this is a ghost story, of course,there is more:a 17th century diary,strange wooden figures and many,many secrets. This is in every sense a classic ghost story(haunted house,forbidden rooms,noises in the night...)but what makes this special is the fact that the ghostly part is very good,but there is an excellent mystery story underneath. After the untimely (and mysterious )death of her husband,Elsie is sent to her husband's ramshackle country manor.The manor is surrounded by a bleak scenery,an hostile village and a decrepit church. That should be enough to make one feel a bit tense but as this is a ghost story, of course,there is more:a 17th century diary,strange wooden figures and many,many secrets. This is in every sense a classic ghost story(haunted house,forbidden rooms,noises in the night...)but what makes this special is the fact that the ghostly part is very good,but there is an excellent mystery story underneath.
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"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"--

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